Gianni Versace: Retrospective (Groninger Museum)
Karl von der Ahé, Saskia Lubnow
Groninger Museum & W Books, 2022
Gianni Versace. A name you immediately associate with style, unruly sophistication — color, creativity, art. In Gianni Versace Retrospective, the work of one of the most influential couturiers of all time comes to life. The eccentric Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace takes you into the world of extravagant clothing and exuberant catwalk shows in which fashion, pop and design come together in a spectacular way. Gianni Versace was murdered 25 years ago, but his progressive philosophy is still recognizable in today’s fashion. The Groninger Museum honors Gianni Versace and his pioneering designs in a major exhibition.
Spectacular photos of men’s and women’s outfits, accessories, fabrics, drawings, interior designs and film recordings from the legendary shows of his heyday between 1989 and 1997 show how exceptionally creative Gianni Versace was. Connecting fashion with music, photography and graphic design, he was at the forefront of transforming fashion shows and advertising campaigns into works of art. The Italian managed to bring the arts together as never before.
Gianni Versace broke through the traditional male-female image by designing clothing for both sexes and incorporating sexuality and power into his creations. His open homosexuality made him an important figure in the LGBTQ movement. In addition, he played a major role in women’s self-awareness by not disguising their bodies. A savvy marketer, he attracted celebrities to promote his brand. At the same time, he turned unknown models into superstars. IN DUTCH!