Donatella Versace can add the title of writer and editor to her résumé. The designer is gearing up to unveil a book retracing her career. Published by Rizzoli, the richly illustrated “Versace” chronicles Donatella Versace’s interpretation of the namesake brand starting from 1997, when she took over the artistic direction after the tragic loss of her brother Gianni.
Written in collaboration with Maria Luisa Frisa, fashion curator and professor at the IUAV University of Venice, and W Magazine’s director Stefano Tonchi, the 336-page tome offers a contemporary and archival insight on the brand and retraces its evolution under the designer’s watch through secret anecdotes, runway pictures and exclusive backstage shots.
The visual history is filled with memorable contributions by international photographers, such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Steven Meisel, among others. The book also includes pictures of supermodels Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista as well as images of Hollywood’s celebrities in Versace attires. Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy also contributed to the book.
“Versace,” which will hit bookstores in November, will retail at 95 euros, or $104 at current exchange.