The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Best Fashion Moments
The hit TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace has been an explosion of visual opulence: colourful rococo prints, medusa heads, studded leather, and general onslaught of golden-accented nineties gaudiness.
For a crime series to be so deeply entrenched in the realm of fashion is rare, and impressive when one considers there was absolutely no involvement or assistance from the House of Versace, with Donatella stating that the show was a 'work of fiction'. Rather, costume designers Lou Eyrich and Alison Leach went about gathering vintage Versace from online re-sellers and meticulously re-creating Gianni's era-defining looks themselves.
The result? A wardrobe so extensive that it had to be stored in warehouses during filming, and so remarkable that we've rounded up our favourite looks below:
In the fall of 1992, Gianni Versace re-crafted fetish wear into high fashion via the Versace 'Miss S&M' show, more commonly known as the 'Bondage' collection, complete with dog collars, whips, and leather.
The scene pictured above sees Edgar Ramirez (as Gianni) hand in hand with Penelope Cruz (as Donatella) as they storm the red carpet in a weighty recreation of the ’93 moment in which Donatella achieved global stardom while wearing the most famous piece to come from the collection, the bondage dress. Three versions of the dress were made for filming (including one specifically for the scene where Gianni destroys it with scissors).
'It is such an iconic dress, and it it was scripted that it definitely needed to be that dress to tell the story of her coming into her of her own stardom,' costume designer Leach told Vanity Fair on constructing this piece. "Just from a construction standpoint and materials, it was such beautiful leather dress that had to fit perfectly – and all these different angles that the neck and the, you know, skirt had to swath just, just right.'