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The Gianni Versace exhibition that traces the man, the myth, and the medusa

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The operatic life story of Gianni Versace is one that even Ryan Murphy would struggle to cook up. Born to a dressmaker in Reggio Calabria and murdered on the steps of his Miami mansion, the genius designer laid the blueprint for modern fashion. In his flirtations with S&M, metal mesh, brash Rococo prints, and Warholian showpieces, he was as innovative and revolutionary as Coco Chanel and Cristóbal Balenciaga – but it was his commingling of fashion and pop culture that really changed how things were done. Now, in a travelling exhibition that has so far spanned Berlin and Borås, the clothes, the myth, and the legend of Versace arrives in the Netherlands.

The show traces Versace’s career from 1989 to 1997, bringing together his most infamous runway looks, sketches, and interior designs. With archival footage and rare imagery, Gianni Versace: Retrospective proves just how far the designer transformed haughty couture salons into a global circus, lining his front rows with the likes of Prince, Madonna, and Tupac. And then there were the supermodels – Naomi, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford – who formed a traffic-stopping pantheon both on the runway and in legendary advertising campaigns shot by Richard Avedon and Steven Meisel. The exhibition opens on December 3 and runs until May 7 next year at the Groninger Museum in Groningen. 

In other news this week, the fashion industry was spun into chaos as Raf Simons quit Raf Simons and Alessandro Michele quit Gucci, compounding a series of major designer movements. Elsewhere, Haider Ackermann and Fila staged a riotous show in the bowels of a warehouse in Manchester, Tommy Cash and Kappa released a vibrator, and Balenciaga tried to sell a fuckboy’s mattress for $46,300. For everything else you may have missed click through the gallery below.