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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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Designer: Gianni Versace
F/W 1992 Gianni Versace Couture 'Miss S&M' Runway Bondage Buckle Wool Skirt
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a lace-up buckle accented skirt designed by Gianni Versace for his infamous Fall/Winter 1992 collection. This skirt debuted on the 'Miss S&M' runway as part of ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Late 1990s Gianni Versace by Donatella Sequin Fishnet Stretch Knit Sweater Top
By Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace for Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a black wide knit Gianni Versace sweater, designed by Donatella Versace. From the late 1990s, this fabulous top features a fishnet-like knit with sequins pepper...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Novelty Crystals Multicolor Lacquered Metal Buckle Belt
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Very rare black leather belt from Gianni Versace featuring a guitar and "ROCK" lettering with crystals and multicolor lacquered details, Made In Italy Condition: vintage, 1990s. ex...
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 1990 Gianni Versace Multicolor Sleeveless Stretch Swim Top
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a multicolored Gianni Versace swim top, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1990 collection, this stretchy sleeveless pool shirt features color-b...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Vintage bag size Unique
By Gianni Versace
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Vintage Leather Dark brown color Single handle Golden hardware Internal zip pocket Very good conditions (very light signs due to time as in pictures) Cm 27.5 x 22 x 10 (10.8 x 8.66 x...
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2010s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Blazer in Wool and Nacre
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant blazer for woman designed at the end of the 90's, beginning of the 2000's, by designer Gianni Versace, fine Italian manufacture. The Gianni Versace label is embroidered on th...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Versace Jeans Couture 1990s Opulent Barocco Print Dress
By Versace Jeans Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Nice, FR
VERSACE JEANS COUTURE 1990s opulent multicolored barocco print dress from GIANNI VERSACE era. This dress features : - Opulent multicolored Barocco print with flowers, acanthus leav...
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20th Century Gianni Versace

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Safety Pin Cut Out Black Leather Mini Runway Backpack
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a rare punk-inspired mini backpack designed by Gianni Versace for his Spring/Summer 1994 collection. Multiple variations of this bag were worn on multiple looks...
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1992 Gianni Versace Couture Bondage (Miss S&M) Runway Collection Red Blazer
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a bright red tapered Gianni Versace Couture blazer, designed by Gianni Versace. From the 'Miss S&M' Gianni Versace Fall/Winter 1992 collection, commonly known a...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Atelier Versace brown leather skirt with gold crystal calligraphy, fw 1997
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
▪ Atelier Versace Couture brown leather mini skirt ▪ Gold crystal embellished calligraphy throughout ▪ Silk lining ▪ Concealed zipper at the centre-back ▪ Gianni Versace's last co...
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1990s Gianni Versace

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture High Slit Navy Sleeveless Gown
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a stunning sleeveless navy blue Gianni Versace Couture gown, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this elegant and timeless gown ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

vintage GIANNI VERSACE white leather silver Medusa top handle flared basket bag
By Gianni Versace
Located in Hong Kong, NT
vintage GIANNI VERSACE white leather silver Medusa top handle flared basket bag Reference: TGAS/B01655 Brand: Gianni Versace Designer: Gianni Versace Material: Leather Color: White P...
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2010s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Vintage Mens Red & Blue Suede Color Block Coat Jacket, A/W 1997
By Gianni Versace
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
An incredible vintage mens Gianni Versace jacket from the Autumn Winter 1997 collection (designed by Gianni himself). In a blue and red color blocked suede with four Medusa head butt...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Early 1990s Gianni Versace Medusa Greek Key Medallion Brimmed Wool Hat
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a chic Gianni Versace Couture hat, designed by Gianni Versace. From the early 1990s, this brimmed hat in black wool prominently features a large gold Medusa log...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Atelier Versace by Gianni Silk Square Chair Printed Scarf
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful baroque Atelier Versace square silk scarf, designed by Gianni Versace. This scarf features a number of chairs surrounded by a floral baroque pattern...
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1990s 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 Heigh...
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1980s Gianni Versace

Versace Black dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
Versace Black dress Gold tone hardware totally made in italy in size 40
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Graffiti art shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
Gianni Versace Graffiti art shirt totally made in italy in size L
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1992 Gianni Versace Couture Miss S&M Studded Leather Vest Medusa Accents
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The RealList presents: From the F/W 1992 Miss S&M ('Bondage') collection, this leather vest features gold and silver studs arranged in a beautiful spiral pattern. This vest has two p...
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1990s Gianni Versace

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

Gianni Versace Vintage Black Leather Gold Studded Belt (Size 65/26)
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Vintage Versace belt made with black leather with small gold dome studs with a shiny gold-tone buckle. MATERIAL: Leather ITEM CODE: 324 MEASURES: L 29.5” x W 1.6” SIZE: 65/26 CONDIT...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

Gianni Versace F/W 2000 Runway Plunged Geometric Print Open Back Pleated Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Gianni Versace F/W 2000 Runway Plunged Geometric Print Open Back Pleated Dress IT 38 Look 34 from the Fall 2000 Collection.
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

S/S 1992 Gianni Versace Brown Leopard Print One Piece Swimsuit Leotard
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful brown leopard print Gianni Versace Couture one-piece bathing suit, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1992 collection, this bathing ...
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1990s 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

F/W 1991 Gianni Versace Couture Black Wool Silk Flare A-Line Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful a-line flare Gianni Versace Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Fall/Winter 1991 collection, similar dresses were presented on the r...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Versace yellow cotton jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
Versace yellow jacket totally made in italy in size 42 composition: cotton
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace 1990s Studded Wrap Sunglasses
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Spice up your sunglasses game with a piece from the Versace archives! Circa 1990s, these wrap style sunglasses feature an acrylic black frame with black lenses. Frames are embellishe...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990s Versace Beatles vest / gilet
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
1990s Versace Beatles vest / gilet Beatles sex pistols rock royalty, baroque print Totally made in italy in size M
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1980s Gianni Versace

Versace brown swarovski sunglasses NWOT
By Gianni Versace
Located in Capri, IT
Versace brown swarovski sunglasses NWOT
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

1980s Gianni Versace Velveteen Ultra Cropped Jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Gianni Versace Velveteen Ultra Cropped Jacket. Metallic logo embroidery. Single front button closure. Printed lining.
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1980s Gianni Versace

Long evening pencil black skirt fully embroidered Gianni Versace
By Gianni Versace
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Long evening pencil black skirt fully embroidered with glass beads on a black velvet base. Split on middle back in the bottom lenght: 23 cm
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990S GIANNI VERSACE Silk "Autumn Nature" Baroque Printed Shirt Sz 40
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
1990S GIANNI VERSACE Silk "Autumn Nature" Baroque Printed Shirt Sz 40
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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 Bold and Vivid Shades of Tangerines and Gold Silk Scarf
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
Gianni Versace wonderful iconic bold & vivid shades of tangerines and gold etched with creatures of the sea with mystical creatures accented with butterflies silk jacquard sc...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990S GIANNI VERSACE Hand-Printed Baroque Deco Mens Tie
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
1990S GIANNI VERSACE Hand-Printed Baroque Deco Mens Tie
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Couture Colour Floral Print Tank Top
By Gianni Versace
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- VIntage 90s Gianni Versace Couture colour(blue, turquoise, red, pink and green) floral print tank top. - Made in Italy. - Size 10. - 100% Rayon.
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1993 Gianni Versace Couture Blue Purple Green Red Stripe Velvet Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a vibrant striped velvet Gianni Versace Couture mini dress, designed by Gianni Versace. The full-length version of this dress debuted as the finale look on the ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Vintage 90s Gianni Versace Black Lambskin Leather Skirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Gianni Versace black lambskin leather skirt. - Silver Medusa zip pocket. - Back zip closure. - Size 42. - 100% Leather. Lining: 100% Rayon.
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace brown lame lace silk mini dress, fw 1996
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Gianni Versace brown lame lace figure hugging mini dress with silk lining. Signature Versace Medusa clasps on shoulder straps and side seam zip fasteinng. Fall-Winter 1996
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace pink pleated leather mini skirt, ss 2003
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
▪ Gianni Versace pleated mini skirt ▪ Designed by Donatella Versace ▪ Pink lizard skin leather ▪ Inverted box pleats ▪ Silver metal stud detail ▪ IT 40 - FR 36 - UK 8 - US 4 ▪ Sp...
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace patent leather bag
By Gianni Versace
Located in Carnate, IT
Gianni Versace bag. Black patent leather bag. Featuring a clip medusa-shape closure. Measurements: height 15 cm width 22 cm depth 7 cm handle 15 cm It comes with the original dust ba...
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Late 20th Century Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Wool Mid-Length Skirt in Blue
By Gianni Versace
Located in Carnate, IT
Gianni Versace Wool Mid-Length Skirt in Blue Gianni Versace skirt in electric blue wool and silk with zipper and hook on the back, belt which, on the left, forms a knot. Length 63 c...
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1980s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Black Stud Medusa Leather Mini Bag Belt
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
FREE and WORLDWIDE DELIVERY A rare, vintage from the 1990s, Gianni Versace black stud Medusa leather mini bag and belt, magnificent Versace logo in black and silver, thick supple l...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace S/S 1996 Vintage Crystal Zipper Yellow Bodysuit Swimwear Swimsuit
By Gianni Versace
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Gianni Versace S/S 1996 Vintage Embellished Crystal Zipper Yellow Bodysuit Swimwear Swimsuit IT 40
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1990s Gianni Versace

Istante by Versace Zeus Buckle Brown Leather Mini Skirt
By Istante by Versace, Gianni 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

F/W 1995 Gianni Versace Couture Black Satin Skirt Bodycon Sleeveless Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a classic little black dress designed by Gianni Versace for his Fall/Winter 1995 collection. A satin skirt attached to a wool bodice beautifully hugs the curves...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990S Gianni Versace Black Silk Chiffon & Lace Lingerie Gown With High Slit
By Gianni Versace
Located in New York, NY
1990S Gianni Versace Black Silk Chiffon & Lace Lingerie Gown With High Slit
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1990s Gianni Versace

Early 1990s Gianni Versace Men's Dark Blue Velvet Abstract Print Button Down
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an incredible men's abstract velvet Gianni Versace shirt, designed by Gianni Versace. From the early 1990s, this amazing and soft shirt features a blue and red ...
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1990s Gianni Versace

F/W 1998 Gianni Versace by Donatella Black Leather Zip Accent Crop Top Runway
By Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace for Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an asymmetric zipper accented leather crop top designed by Donatella for the Gianni Versace Fall/Winter 1998 collection. Debuting on look 3 on the season's mens...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1992 Gianni Versace Men's Blue Leopard Print Silk Button Down Shirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an incredible men's silk blue leopard print Gianni Versace shirt, designed by Gianni Versace. From 1992, this amazing and soft shirt features a blue leopard pri...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1993 Gianni Versace Gold Animal Print Floral Silk Men's Button Up
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an incredible men's silk animal print floral Gianni Versace shirt, designed by Gianni Versace. From 1993, this amazing and soft shirt features a black and yello...
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1990s Gianni Versace

1990s Gianni Versace Lime Green Lace Overlay Mini Skirt
By Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a bright lime green mini skirt designed by Gianni Versace in the mid-1990s. The tapered mini cut and neon color create an artful contrast between classic beauty...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace S/S 2000 Bamboo Print Silk Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Gianni Versace S/S 2000 Vintage Bamboo Print Silk Dress Size IT 40 Gianni Versace silk dress with bamboo floral print throughout, pointed collar and button closures at front.
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Early 2000s Gianni Versace

Versace Jeans Couture Green Wool Sleeveless Turtle Neck Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Versace Jeans Couture green wool sleeveless turtle neck dress. This simple and classic dark green dress is subtle for day time or an evening night out. - Made in Ital...
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1990s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Silk Skirt 1990s
By Gianni Versace
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous colorful silk faille skirt by Gianni Versace in a pattern of abstract shapes and flowers. It is pencil style with a waistband and button closing, side zipper and full silk...
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1990s Gianni Versace

New GIANNI VERSACE COUTURE BLACK STUDDED DRESS 38 - 2, 40 - 4
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
VERSACE COUTURE BLACK DRESS "Versace fashion is elaborate, colorful and strong. It's playfully classy and immediately rich." Opt for a biker chic look with Versace' bold black dres...
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2010s Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace fashion for sale on 1stDibs

Find extraordinary range of authentic Gianni Versace fashion available on 1stDibs. 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 red, purple, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa appealing. On 1stDibs, find Gianni Versace, vintage and haute couture fashion from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $40 and tops out at $112,000 while the average work can sell for $1,261.

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