GIANNI VERSACE: LA DOLCE VITA

GIANNI VERSACE SOLD THE WORLD A FANTASY OF UNRESTRAINED OPULENCE. IN HIS OWN LIFE, THAT FANTASY BECAME REAL

Reggio di Calabria, the southern Italian port city where Gianni Versace came of age, isn't the sort of place where enviably tasteful women nibble on lunch and devour the most recent issues of Vogue. A small city with a rich Greco-Roman heritage, it has become increasingly downtrodden during the past decades. Growing up there in the 1950s and '60s, Versace witnessed the miserable postwar poverty that filled the streets, but could find elegance in the turquoise Strait of Messina that lay just beyond them. His was a city where Calabrian Mafiosi thrived in all their cheap glamour and children once passed...

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