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Gianni Versace

Italian, 1946-1997

The signature extravagance of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace — forever aligned with glamour, sex, celebrity and spectacle — can overshadow the Italian couturier’s broad and deep engagement with history and culture. More than any designer before him, Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration, and his subversive, maximalist and unabashedly seductive designs infused high fashion with an entirely new ethos.

I don’t believe in good taste,” Versace once explained. Instead, he had a sexy good time with fashion — as he did with life. Today, vintage Gianni Versace clothing, handbags and other accessories look astonishingly fresh and freshly relevant.

Gianni Versace was born in Calabria, Italy. His mother was a successful dressmaker who employed more than 40 seamstresses. As a child, little Gianni marveled at her workshop, which would become a university of sorts, where he learned the exceptional construction techniques that were at the foundation of his creative expression. In 1972, at age 25, he moved to Milan to work in fashion. He launched his first collection — and his label — in 1978, with his older brother Santo managing the business concerns. Soon, sister Donatella, whom Gianni dressed and took to discos when she was still a child, joined the family venture, where she had a creative role and managed enormously popular ready-to-wear lines such as Versus.

Vintage Versace has become catnip for modern fashion enthusiasts who seek out the now-iconic house codes that originated in the designs of the 1980s and 1990s. His glamorous and seductive apparel — the clingy skirts and slender, strappy party dresses, as well as the erotic magazine ads that publicized them — looms large, but Versace’s art and historical influences were also vast.

Versace was an art collector, and he took on commissions to create costumes for theatrical performances during the 1980s and spoke of looking to numerous cultures for inspiration. The New York Times noted in 1997 that the fashion industry “is now driven by contemporary culture because Mr. Versace made it that way.” Insiders consider his 1991/1992 Autumn/Winter runway show — which featured supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista lip-synching George Michael’s “Freedom” — as the moment when the two worlds of fashion and pop culture became one, changing both forever.

Versace's adventurous spirit of design resulted in his creating jewel-toned prints rooted in Grecian motifs, Etruscan symbols, the Italian Baroque and Andy Warholʼs Marilyn Monroe. There were slinky dresses in Oroton, his patented chain-mail textile that draped like satin, and leather bondage ensembles. Sex sold, for both women and men. Wrote the late curator Richard Martin, “[Versace] became the standard-bearer of gay men’s fashion because he eschewed decorum and designed for desire.”

Following Versace’s tragic murder in 1997, Donatella took over the role of artistic director and continued to evolve the house codes with a twist of her feminine and feminist perspective. Today, Santo Versace is chief executive officer of Versace and Donatella is its chief creative officer.

Browse an extraordinary collection of vintage Gianni Versace evening dresses, handbags, day dresses and more on 1stDibs.

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1990s Gianni Versace Black Leather Duffle Bag Unisex
By Gianni Versace
Located in Bangkok, TH
1990s Gianni Versace boston bag in black leather and gold hardware featuring one interior zip pocket. Cabin size. Perfect for a weekend getaway. Made in Italy. Measures approximately...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Betty Boop Harley print Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
Gianni Versace Betty Boop Harley print Shirt Iconic and rare cotton Versace Shirt Totally made in italy Size L
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 1991 Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Grecian Tunic Two Piece Dress Set
By Atelier Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The RealList presents: a stunning Atelier Versace dress set from the S/S 1991 collection, designed by Gianni Versace. This extraordinary piece can be seen on the season's haute coutu...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Vintage Gianni Versare 100% silk tie with paisley motifs
By Gianni Versace
Located in milano, IT
A tie with an inimitable character, designed by the famous Italian designer Gianni Versace. It is made of silk, which is why it is soft and quality. A timeless tie, decorated with pa...
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Mid-20th Century Gianni Versace

Atelier Gianni Versace Miami Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Gianna Versace straight from the archives! Circa 1990s, this silk shirt features a Miami inspired print with bright ombre neon colors, various tropicana floral arrangements, postcard...
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1990s Gianni Versace

GIANNI VERSACE Navy Print Silk Tie
By Gianni Versace
Located in San Francisco, CA
GIANNI VERSACE tie comes in a navy abstract print silk. Made in Italy. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. Measurements: Width: 3 in. Height: 60 in. SKU: 98791 Category: Tie More D...
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20th Century Gianni Versace

VERSACE Earrings Vintage 1990s
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Versace Vintage 1990s Clip On Medusa Earrings Detail -Made in Italy in the early 1990s -Crafted from gold and silver plated metal -Features the iconic Medusa logo Size & Fit -Ap...
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1990s Gianni Versace

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Gold Plate

Gianni Versace Medusa Rhinestone Earrings
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Snag yourself these hoops! Circa late 1980s/early 1990s, these gold plated Versace dangle earrings are embossed with the signature Medusa head and are embellished with rhinestones an...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace 1990s Two-Tone Oval Sunglasses
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The most adorable Versace sunglasses are here! Circa 1990s, these oval shaped sunglasses feature a frosted ivory frame with frosted burnt orange arms and black lenses. Included on bo...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Couture Baroque and Carnation Print Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Amazing Gianni Versace black label Couture silk shirt from the early 1990s. Front features baroque style and paisley details. Sleeves and back are covered in all over pink carnation ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace "Miami & Sun" Print Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Snag yourself a piece from the Versace archives! Circa 1993 from the Miami collection, this silk shirt is a gorgeous red color and features a celestial sunset motif on the back with ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Versace vintage sunglasses 80s
By Gianni Versace
Located in Feasterville Trevose, PA
MAKE: Versace MODEL: 294 - 87K MADE IN: Italy ERA: 1980s CONDITION: New Old Stock [never worn] DIMENSIONS: Lens width: 56 mm / 2 3/16 in Lens height: 48 mm / 1 7/8 in Bridge: 16...
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1980s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Pink and Purple Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Bold mixed print and colour block Gianni Versace silk shirt from the early 1990s. Hot pink and black zebra print sleeves and collar with French cuffs. Body features thick vertical st...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Elegant crown brooch by Gianni Versace with stones, 1980s
By Gianni Versace
Located in milano, IT
Beautiful brooch by Gianni Versace embellished with a lily and surmounted by a cross. It is made of gilded metal with inlaid and poured crystal gems: sapphire crystals cabochon blue...
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1980s Baroque Vintage Gianni Versace

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Gilt Metal

Gianni Versace Fall 1982 Oroton Metal Mesh Top
By Gianni Versace
Located in Prague, CZ
This important piece from Fall 1982 collection is extremely rare as it is from the first release of Gianni’s invention - a metal mesh caked “Oroton” which became a staple material of...
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1980s Gianni Versace

Versace square vintage sunglasses
By Gianni Versace
Located in Feasterville Trevose, PA
MAKE: Versace MODEL: 311 - Brown MADE IN: Italy ERA: 1980s CONDITION: New Old Stock [never worn] DIMENSIONS: Lens width: 54 mm / 2 1/8 in Lens height: 41 mm / 1 5/8 in Bridge: 1...
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1980s Gianni Versace

Istante by Versace Zeus Buckle Brown Leather Mini Skirt
By Gianni Versace, Istante by Versace
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Istante by Versace presents this iconic vintage 90's mini skirt with a sewn in belt with a silver tone buckle featuring the brand's logo, a Zeus head. Skirt has two front buttoned po...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace 80s wool jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in Carnate, IT
Gianni Versace vintage Jacket. Fabric is a mix between wool, alpaca and polyamid. Featuring a V line neck, four front pockets and padded shoulders. Size 38 Italian. But it fits bigg...
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1980s Gianni Versace

Vintage Gianni Versace Translucent 420B Sunglasses 1990's Made in Italy
By Gianni Versace
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Gianni Versace medium translucent frame with medium grey lenses. Comes with its original Gianni Versace sleeve. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage. Made in it...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990's Versace Print Halter Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unusual halter style jewel print dress by Gianni Versace with a dove grey net over layer. The halter fastens at the front of the neck, creating a choker style look, with 4 snap butto...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Silk Printed Dress, 1990s
By Gianni Versace
Located in Austin, TX
1990s Gianni Versace silk printed dress. Condition: Excellent. Size 6
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace 1990s V2 Handbag Motif Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Circa early 1990s, this shiny cream colored Silk button down shirt features a motif detailing handbags with various animal prints. Features an orange trim and strong shoulders. Inclu...
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1990s Gianni Versace

VERSUS by GIANNI VERSACE Size 4 Black Wool Blend Tweed Asymmetrical Dress
By Versus, Gianni Versace
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage VERSUS by GIANNI VERSACE sheath dress comes in a wool blend tweed with an asymmetrical neckline, fitted silhouette, and side slit. Made in Italy. Good Pre-Owned Condition. ...
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Late 20th Century Gianni Versace

1980s Versace Black, Grey And Gold Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Gianni Versace black silk shirt with baroque gold, white and gray print, oversize fit, fly front buttoned closure and buttoned cuffs. Years: 1980s Made in Italy Size: 48 IT Height...
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1980s Gianni Versace

New Vintage Gianni Versace 420 E Sleek Black Sunglasses 1990's Made in Italy
By Gianni Versace
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Vintage Gianni Versace medium BLACK with gold accents frame with medium grey lenses. New never worn or displayed. Comes with its original Gianni Versace case. This pair could sh...
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1990s Gianni Versace

2000S GIANNI VERSACE Silk Chiffon Sheer Top With Bulit In Bra
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
2000S GIANNI VERSACE Silk Chiffon Sheer Top With Bulit In Bra
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

1990S GIANNI VERSACE Multicolor Geometric Silk Men's Shirt Sz 50
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
1990S GIANNI VERSACE Multicolor Geometric Silk Men's Shirt Sz 50
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1990s Gianni Versace

Vintage Gianni Versace Mod S80 Oval Small Sunglasses 1990's Made in Italy
By Gianni Versace
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Gianni Versace small gold frame with rose lenses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage. Made in italy.
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1990s Gianni Versace

1980s Gianni Versace Brown Leather Jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Gianni Versace brown leather jacket, with mandarin collar, chin strap, front closure with hemispherical buttons, side welt pockets, long sleeves with buckle and button cuffs, marting...
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1980s Gianni Versace

GIANNI VERSACE c.1990's ColorBlock Floral Patchwork Velvet Button Down Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.1990's Gianni Versace men's multicolor / color-block floral patchwork velvet button down shirt. Concealed button closure center front. Long sleeves button at cuffs. Unmarke...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990S GIANNI VERSACE Red & Yellow Poly/Lycra Jersey Iconic Novelty Marilyn Monr
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
1990S GIANNI VERSACE Red & Yellow Poly/Lycra Jersey Iconic Novelty Marilyn Monroe Print Dress Stretch
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 2000 Vintage Gianni Versace Suede Leather Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
S/S 2000 Gianni Versace Leather Dress Finished with gold Medusa buttons IT size is 42 - US 6 Excellent condition
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Menswear Inspired Striped Wool Coat
By Gianni Versace
Located in Oakland, CA
Handsome vintage Gianni Versace grey striped coat. Oversize cut that narrows through hips. Double-breasted with four two button closure. Black ribbon trim on collar and back belt....
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1980s Gianni Versace

1980s Versace Black Quilted Cotton Velvet Oversized Hooded Jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1980s Versace Blace Quilted Cotton Velvet Hooded Jacket Made in Italy Size Label N/A All measurements taken flat: Shoulders - Seam to seam: 24" Sleeve - Shoulder seam to wrist cuff...
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1980s Gianni Versace

GIANNI VERSACE Couture S/S 1999 Black Silk Chiffon Medusa Head Button Up Shirt
By Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
Gianni Versace Couture Spring / Summer 1999 black silk chiffon medusa head button up shirt. Designed by Donatella Versace. Shirt collar. Seven center front copper-toned metal medusa ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, Six Jungle Tea Cups with Saucer in Porcelain
By Gianni Versace
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni Versace for Rosenthal. Six Jungle tea cups with saucer in porcelain with gold decoration and green leaves, late 20th century. In perfect condition. The cup measures: 10 x 6 ...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Gianni Versace

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Porcelain

GIANNI VERSACE COUTURE c.1990's Striped Floral Strapless Top Skirt Dress Set
By Gianni Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage Gianni Versace Couture c.1990's two piece multicolor striped/floral patchwork print top and skirt set. Strapless top is ruched at sides. Left side hidden zipper. Skirt has si...
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 1991 Gianni Versace Marilyn Monroe Warhol Inspired Print Pop Art Skirt Suit
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The RealList presents: Gianni Versace S/S 1991 Marilyn Monroe and James Dean pop art skirt suit! This collection was heavily influenced by Warhol’s use of iconography from American p...
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1993 Gianni Versace Couture Green Knit Dress + Medusa Button Cardigan Set
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sexy take on a knit dress, designed by Gianni Versace. Debuted as look 32 on the F/W 1993 runway and modeled by Naomi Campbell, this set speaks for itself! Co...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Vintage Blue Pink & Gold Baroque Denim Jacket - Us size 4
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Gianni Versace Vintage Blue Pink & Gold Baroque Denim Jacket - 1992 vintage - Spread collar - 2 Chest pockets either side - 4 Gold Versace Medusa buttons down jacket - Additional bu...
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2010s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace red leather shoulder bag
By Gianni Versace
Located in Carnate, IT
Gianni Versace vintage bag. Red patent leather and gold hardware. Featuring a shoulder chain and a cross & a crown as decorations. As you can see from the photos, the crown is broke...
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Late 20th Century Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace 1990s Blue Chainmail Clutch
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Accessorize in style with this Gianni Versace bag! Circa 1990s, this clutch/wristlet is crafted from aqua blue satin and features pleating at the top, silver hardware, a chainmail wr...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni versace women's brooch in coloured metal. Signed 1990s
By Gianni Versace
Located in milano, IT
Gianni Versace brooch from 1990. The brooch is made of gilthead bream metal, inlaid and well worked. The brooch has low hand-coloured reliefs. On the back we can see the signature of...
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1990s Modern Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace New Leather Dress with Chain Trim
By Gianni Versace
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous soft supple black leather dress from Gianni Versace. It is semi fitted with an asymmetrical neckline with intricate rows of chain starting at one side crossing the front ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Versus By Gianni Versace Black/Transparent Vinyl Jacket And Skirt Ensemble
By Gianni Versace
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Versus by Gianni Versace bi fabric black and transparent vinyl jacket and skirt Ensemble. Madonna was in a white one on the 1995 iconic Versace campaign by Mario Testin...
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1992 Gianni Versace 'Miss S&M' Croc Embossed Medusa Medallion Dome Bag
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an embossed patent leather dome bag by Gianni Versace. This piece was released as part of Versace's iconic 'Miss S&M' F/W 1992 collection, famous for its bondag...
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1990s Gianni Versace

vintage GIANNI VERSACE 1997 purple leather fur trim strapless mini dress IT40
By Gianni Versace
Located in Hong Kong, NT
vintage GIANNI VERSACE 1997 purple leather fur trim strapless mini dress IT40 Reference: GIYG/A00024 Brand: Gianni Versace Designer: Gianni Versace Collection: Fall Winter 1997 Runwa...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Vintage VERSUS by GIANNI VERSACE Size 4 Pink Leather Jacket
By Gianni Versace, Versus
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage VERSUS by GIANNI VERSACE jacket comes in a pink leather featuring a stand up collar, top stitching, and a full zip up closure. Made in Italy. Good Pre-Owned Condition. Moder...
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19th Century Gianni Versace

New Vintage Gianni Versace Mask Sunglasses 1990's Made in Italy
By Gianni Versace
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Vintage Gianni Versace sleek Matte black mask holding a pair of light purple gradient lenses. New never worn or displayed. This pair could show minor sign of wear due to storage...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Iconic Gianni Versace Fringed White Leather Coat
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Gianni Versace fringed leather Coat Spring 2002 White lambskin leather Fringe Unlined Made in Italy Shoulders 17", Sleeve 29" (including fringe), Length 39" Very good vintage con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gianni Versace

Versace Jeans Couture Vintage Car Brands Logos Shorts and Bra Ensemble
By Gianni Versace
Located in Nice, FR
VERSACE JEANS COUTURE vintage shorts and bra ensemble featuring car brands logos all over on a checkered print blue backgroung. The shorts feature : - Waist buttoning and zippered c...
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20th Century Gianni Versace

1990's Vintage Iconic Gianni Versace Shirt Medusa Heads Green
By Gianni Versace
Located in Paris, FR
GIANNI VERSACE, Made in Italy, circa 90’s. Green cotton shirt with gold stitching and Medusa Heads gold buttons. This is an iconic model of the house that has been shown in men and ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Couture Butterfly Silk Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning graphic Gianni Versace Couture black label silk shirt from the early 1990s. Front of body features different types of beautiful butterflies on pale blue silk with flowers. A...
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1990s Gianni Versace

GIANNI VERSACE lime green silk COIN Print Scarf
By Gianni Versace
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Gianni Versace Vintage coin printed scarf in lime green, green, red, yellow, black, white, purple and orange silk (100%). Has been worn and is in excellent vintage con...
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1980s Gianni Versace

S/S 1991 Gianni Versace Couture Orange Metallic Skirt Suit
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a bright orange runway skirt suit masterpiece, designed by Gianni Versace. This skirt suit was debuted as look 11 on the Gianni Versace S/S 1991 runway. Metalli...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990S GIANNI VERSACE Black Faux Curly Lamb Fur Iconic Micro Mini Skirt With Gol
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
Famously modeled by Cindy Crawford in the ad campaign for the Miss S&M collection 1990S GIANNI VERSACE Black Faux Curly Lamb Fur Iconic Micro Mini Skirt With Gold Crystals
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 2000 Ad Campaign Vintage GIANNI VERSACE Nude Python Shoes 38.5 - 8.5 New
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
GIANNI VERSACE Shoes From Iconic F/W 2000 Ad Campaign Photoshoot As seen on Amber Valetta Python skin Gold leather trim Heel is 4" Lining: 100% leather Made in Italy Si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Gianni Versace

Vintage Gianni Versace Mod S80 Oval Small Sunglasses 1990's Made in Italy
By Gianni Versace
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Gianni Versace small black & silver frame with grey lenses. This pair show minor sign of wear due to storage. Made in italy. FRONT : 13.5 CMS LENS HEIGHT : 3.4 CMS LENS W...
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 2000 Gianni Versace Couture Vintage Pink Python Flat Tote Large by Donatella
By Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The RealList presents: Designed by Donatella Versace in 2000 for the S/S collection, this bag is constructed of pink python with gold metal accents. The bag has a large Medusa metal ...
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Silk Top
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
A late 1990’s Gianni Versace silk satin stretch fitted shirt with cut-away arm holes, in a Baroque-inspired print of tonal pear-greens, all on a maize-yellow background, the front wi...
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20th Century Gianni Versace

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