Who is Gianni Versace?

Gianni Versace was an Italian former fashion designer who has worked with many famous celebrities. He is also a former founder of his Italian fashion company ‘Versace.’ He first launched his clothing line in Milan, Italy, in 1978 and then continued to add much other fashion clothing line. Through his fashion company, he produced many other items apart from clothing like accessories, fragrances, home furnishings, and make-up. He worked with his partner Antonio D’Amico who is also a model and fashion designer. Apart from a celebrity, he also designed customs for various movies and theatres. He became interested in fashion designing since he used to work for his mother’s sewing business from his childhood days. Sadly, this personality died in 1997 as he was shot outside his home in Florida.

Quick Info
Full NameGiovanni Maria Versace
Birth Date2 December 1946
Birth PlaceReggio Calabria, Italy
FatherAntonio Versace
MotherFrancesca Versace
SiblingsSanto Versace
Donatella Versace
Height5 feet and 6 inches (1.73m/173cm)
Weight67 kg (147lbs)
GirlfriendAntonio D’Amico
DeathJuly 15, 1997
Net Worth$800 million

Gianni Versace


Giovanni Maria Versace, also known as Gianni, was born on December 2, 1946, in Reggio Calabria, Italy. He was taken to parents Antonio Versace and Francesca Versace and raised alongside his elder brother Santo Versace and younger sister Donatella Versace. Gianni also had his more youthful sister Tina, but she died when she was twelve years old. He was of Sagittarius sun sign.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Gianni Versace was of Italian nationality. He stood 5 feet and 6 inches (1.73m/173cm) tall and weighed around 67 kg (147lbs). Besides, he had a pair of brown-colored eyes with black hair.

Early Life/Education

Gianni Versace spent his childhood making dress and learning how to make clothes as his mother was a dressmaker. He studied at Liceo Classico Tommaso Campanella and also studied architecture. He left his studies and worked as a seamstress in his mother’s business, which made him a fashion designer later.

Personal Life

Gianni Versace was dating his partner Antonio D’Amico from 1982 to the date he died.

Gianni Versace


Gianni Versace died when he was 50 years old on July 15, 1997. He died due to gunshot by culprit Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old spree killer. The funeral happened in his family vault at Moltrasio cemetery near Lake Como.


Fashion Designer

Initially, Gianni Versace launched his first clothing line in Milan, Italy, in 1978. Through this clothing line, he became very famous and also received praise for his work. He also built his own company, where he made Donatella, his sister as Vice President and Santo, his brother as President of the company. He was first noted by his work when an actress Elizabeth Hurley worn his dress at a movie premiere in 1994.

Gianni received many designing assignments from different celebrities like Elton John, Naomi Campbell, and Madonna. Later, Gianni also ventured in other items like accessories, fragrances, home furnishings, and make-up. Apart from this, he also signed a contract to design customs for theatres play and films like ‘Once Upon a Crime’ in 1992, ‘Born Yesterday’ in 1993,’ ’24 Nights’ in 1991, ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces’ in 1995, ‘Shakespeare Shorts’ in 1996 and many more.

Gianni Versace


Gianni Versace was a famous fashion designer who had already established 130 boutiques across the world before his death. Furthermore, his designs have also been vitrine in many museums like Chicago’s National Field Museum, London’s Royal College of Art, Japan’s Kobe City Museum, and Germany’s Kunstgewerbemuseum. Along with that, he has also published many books for fashion lines like Rock and Royalty, The Art of Being You, and Men Without Ties.


Gianni Versace received the American Fashion Oscar Award on February 1, 1993. He has also been awarded America Award as a remembrance for his life in 2017 from Italy–USA Foundation.

Net Worth

Gianni Versace’s net worth at the time of his death was $800 million.