Early Life

Born on May 2, 1955, in Reggio Calabria, Italy, designer Donatella Versace is one of best known names in fashion today. She is the sister of the late designer Gianni Versace. Donatella and Gianni learned about designing from their mother, who had a dressmaking business.

Versace began developing her trademark look as a teenager. Moreover, Donatella attended university in Florence for a time. However, she eventually reunited with Gianni to support his clothing business.

Fashion Muse

Gianni Versace started his own fashion company in Milan in 1978. Together with Donatella, who was right there by his side.  she played an important role in orchestrating many Versace fashion shows. She also helped bring some rock ‘n’ roll spirit and celebrity cache to the line through her friendships with Madonna and Elizabeth Hurley.

Also, she was chief designer for the company’s Versus line. She learned even more about the business in the mid-1990s. Gianni lost his life in 1997. Donatella was devastated by the death of her brother.

Top Designer

Days after Gianni Versace’s death, Donatella became Versace’s new creative director. In fact, she had already taken a leading role in the business.

In 2009, she brought in Christopher Kane to design for Versus and reinvent the brand. After his departure, Versace collaborated with other upcoming designers on the line. She also revamped the company’s haute couture line Atelier Versace. Today, Versace markets a variety of product lines from home goods, to perfume, clothing, and furniture. in addition to that, the company operates two hotels.\

 Personal Life

Versace married former model Paul Beck in 1986. They had two children together, Allegra and Daniel.
Maya Rudolph often impersonates her on the show ‘Saturday Night Live’.
‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Lauren Weisberger novel that featured Donatella. And the song ‘Gulabi Ankhein’ mentioned her in 2012.