Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Arte, 1989. 1st Edition. 9.
"Armani dresses the wife, Versace dresses the mistress." Epic monograph on Italian fashion giant Versace, surveying his earliest independent work in the late 1970s through the 80s dominance of the house, signed by him on the front free endpaper. Versace studied architecture and the classics before moving to Milan from southern Italy in his twenties to work in fashion. He opened his first boutique in 1978 and quickly rose to prominence in the international fashion world, with his emphasis on color, luxury, classicism and overt sexuality, both male and female. With the support of his sister Donatella and brother Santo, Versace expanded into a full-fledged design, couture and retail empire, with sidelines in housewares, accessories, film and theater costume design, and celebrity-studded runway shows and campaigns. He was infamously murdered by gunshot in Miami Beach at the age of 50, by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, with whom he may have had a sexual dalliance. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of color and black-and-white photos by some of the biggest names in fashion photography, including Avedon, Barbieri, Bourdin, D'Orazio, Horst, Newton, Penn, Weber, and others, encompassing campaigns, editorials, runway shows, and detail shots of materials, as well as numerous concept drawings. With a preface by Versace, texts by fashion historians Nicoletta Bocca, Chiara Buss (the editors) and Enrica Morini; journalist Natalia Aspesi, semiotician Omar Calabrese, art historian Grazietta Buazzi, art critic Gillo Dorfles; appreciations by friends and admirers of Versace's including Sting and Maurice Béjart; and a biographical chronology. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at Milan's 15th-century Castello Sforzesco (April 14 - May 21, 1989). Text in Italian. Faint foxing to endpapers, sunning to bottom edge of upper board; lightest edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine, scarce signed. Item #1692