The most shocking revelation in new book House of Versace, The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival by Deborah Ball is not the brutal death of the famous fashion designer or the raging drug addiction of his sister Donatella. For me the most shocking revelation in this book is how Gianni Versace and his sister were so reckless in their lavish spending on mansions, jewelry and other high priced luxuries that they almost destroyed their own company. House of Versace tells the compelling story of how the designer and his company rose from obscurity, suffered a painful fall and ultimately regained it's footing in the fickle wold of fashion as the Versace empire and its struggle to survive.
The House of Versace combines fashion, celebrity, business drama, opulent lifestyles, and a notorious crime to reveal the unfolding drama behind the glamourous company image. The name Vesace conjures up images of extreme glamour, decadent luxury and bold sexuality. Versace was a creative genius from a poor part of southern Italy who transformed the fashion world through his understanding of how modern women wanted to dress. This book about the legendary designer shows how Gianni Versace, with his flamboyant sister Donatella, combined his amazing creative talent and extraordinary ambition to help create the celebrity culture we see today.
Gianni Versace was at the height of his creative powers and career when he was murdered in Miami Beach. The manhunt for his killer became a media obsession. Ball offers a compelling look at the behind-the scenes creative and business struggles of Donatella as she stepped out of her brother’s shadow and took control of the House of Versace. The book offers an inside look at the overwhelming challenges Donatella faced in living up to Gianni’s genius, her struggle with a drug addiction and her heated battles with her brother Santo.