Versace: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Versace is one of the most recognizable brands in the fashion world. The brand is synonymous with both its creator, Gianni Versace, and his sister, Donatella Versace. However, despite the fact that Versace, as a brand, has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Versace. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: They Opened Their First Boutique in Milan. Specifically, it was opened in the Via della Spiga district of Milan in 1978.

Number Fourteen: Elizabeth Hurley Made the Brand Famous. Versace became a household name in 1994 after Elizabeth Hurley wore “that dress,” which was a black dress by Versace. The dress has its own Wikipedia page and was held together with what appeared to be large gold safety pins. The dress was made from silk and lycra fabrics.

Number Thirteen: They Are Responsible for Another Very Iconic Dress. While the black dress that Elizabeth Hurley wore in 1994 was voted the most iconic dress of all time in 2008, the green Versace dress that Jennifer Lopez wore in 2000 was voted the fifth most iconic dress of all time.

Number Twelve: The First Boutique They Opened Outside of Italy Was in Scotland. In 1991, Versace opened their first boutique outside of Italy. The boutique was located in Glasgow, Scotland.

Number Eleven: They Have a Luxury Hotel. In 1997, Versace was approached by Soheil Abedian of the Sunland Group in regards to a proposal to build a luxury hotel. In 2000, the first Palazzo Versace officially opened on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Number Ten: Gianni Versace Learned Fashion From His Mother. Versace’s mother was a dressmaker, and it was from her that young Gianni learned about fashion and design.

Number Nine: Versace Built a Fashion Empire in 10 Years. Within 10 years of opening their first boutique in Milan, Versace was worth more than $800 million. This is an incredibly impressive feat, even today. Stay tuned for part two of this list, coming soon!

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