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Subversive, maximalist and unabashedly seductive, Gianni Versace’s (1946–97) designs infused high fashion with an entirely new ethos. “I don’t believe in good taste,” the legendary Italian couturier once explained. Instead, he had a sexy good time with fashion — as he did with life. Today, vintage Versace clothing, handbags and other accessories look astonishingly fresh and freshly relevant.

More than any designer before him, Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration. In fact, 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! '90” — as the moment when the two worlds of fashion and pop culture became one, changing both forever.

Versace was born in Reggio di 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. This 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 Versace evening dresses, handbags, day dresses, accessories and more on 1stDibs.

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Black 90s Vintage Logo Print Crop Top
By Versace
Located in London, GB
Versace Black 90s Vintage Logo Print Crop Top - White box logo on center front - Crop length with high neckline - Full zipper in back - Stretchy and soft feel Material...
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21st Century and Contemporary Versace

Vintage 2005 Versace Couture Runway Hot Pink Beaded Stretch Silk High-Low Gown
By Donatella Versace for Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An absolutely gorgeous spring-summer 2005 Versace runway documented hot-pink gown that originally retailed for over $20,000. Versace is one of the world's leading international fashi...
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Early 2000s Versace

Versace F/W 2003 Oroton Metal Mesh Chainmail Black Asymmetric Skirt
By Versace
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Versace F/W 2003 Oroton Metal Mesh Chainmail Black Asymmetric Skirt Size IT 42 Black Versace Oroton asymmetric midi skirt with metal mesh paneling at hips, sheer and lace fringe pan...
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Early 2000s Versace

1990s Vintage Versace Jeans Couture Black Pants in Ombre Rainbow Zebra Print
By Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Portland, OR
This 1990's pair of Versace Jeans Couture pants is in a very unique ombre or rainbow Zebra print! These peg legged jeans have all of the expected silver medusa hardware and close w...
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1990s Versace

new VERSACE Gingko Barocco pink gold floral leather wallet on chain micro bag
By Versace
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new VERSACE Gingko Barocco pink gold floral leather wallet on chain micro bag Reference: TGAS/C00219 Brand: Versace Designer: Donatella Versace Model: DP3H538K D3VSTG KMC6T Collectio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Versace

new VERSACE 100% silk 2020 pink Jungle gold Barocco print 90cm square scarf
By Versace
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new VERSACE 100% silk 2020 pink Jungle gold Barocco print 90cm square scarf Reference: TGAS/C00087 Brand: Versace Designer: Donatella Versace Collection: 2020 Material: Silk Color: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Versace

Versace Vintage Medusa Pillow
By Versace
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Iconic and timeless circa 1990's creation by Versace. Add high fashion to any space with this Medusa pillow. Crafted from 100% cotton and is embellished with the iconic Versace motif...
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1990s Versace

Versace FW18 Tribute Black Leather Barocco Lined Medusa Platform Pump Size 41
By Versace
Located in Paradise Island, BS
Versace FW18 Tribute Black Leather Barocco Lined Medusa Platform Pump For the FW18 collection, Donatella Versace nods to the opulence and glamour of the 80s. The designer also conti...
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2010s Versace

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Versace fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Versace fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of blue, red, pink and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi and Alexander McQueen appealing. On 1stDibs, find Versace, vintage and haute couture fashion from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $64 and tops out at $150,000, while the average work can sell for $1,222.....
Questions About Versace
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Donatella Versace, the muse of her brother Gianni, became head designer at Versus, a diffusion line of the house of Versace, in 1994. In 1998, a year after her brother’s death, Donatella Versace debuted her first collection for couture fashion brand Versace Atelier. She is known for her breathtaking Jungle Dress that A-list celebrity Jennifer Lopez made famous at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Shop a large collection of Versace couture from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Versace’s head-turning denim “pants-boots” were designed by Donatella Versace. Featuring pockets and Versace’s iconic Medusa detail, they are a true fashion statement. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of expertly-vetted vintage and contemporary Versace shoes, clothing, and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    What you wear with a Versace shirt is really a matter of preference and depends on your personal style. Versace has offered many vibrant prints and patterns over the years which can be styled with a number of different garments. Whether you’re after a vintage or modern look, shop a collection of expertly-vetted Versace clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can purchase Versace clothes and accessories from the brand’s website, its brick-and-mortar boutiques all over the world, or its various retail partners. You can also find new and vintage Versace on third-party seller platforms—but make sure it’s a reputable one. On 1stDibs, you'll find authentic vintage and modern Versace pieces from trusted sellers worldwide.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    New Versace clothes are available from Versace directly as well as through multiple retailers. For physical store locations, consult the brand’s website. Vintage or antique editions of Versace clothes are available for purchase through multiple platforms, including 1stDibs. It’s important to purchase from a vetted seller or vendor to ensure authenticity. While Versace has at times inspired knockoffs, 1stDibs partners with only top-vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee.

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