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Donatella Versace

  • Italian designer
  • Born May 2, 1955

Donatella Francesca Versace (Italian: [donaˈtɛlla franˈtʃeska verˈsaːtʃe]; born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and the current chief creative officer of Versace, a division of Capri Holdings. Versace was founded by her brother, Gianni Versace, and upon his death in 1997, Donatella inherited 20% of the company and became its chief executive officer. Versace was sold to Capri Holdings in 2018, although Donatella still remains involved.


I think people need to see Prince live to really understand how remarkable he is.




Fashion is a weapon that you can use when you need it.




I think people need to see Prince live to really understand how remarkable he is. He has always been inspiring because he is never afraid to break rules or barriers or invent something new - and if you love fashion, then you need to be able to do that.




I have long been a fan and enthusiast where art is concerned.




I love Alexander McQueen. I like the construction of his suits. I think it's fantastic.




Something has to change in the world. Without change, young people will have no future.




In fashion, women have more sensitivity, more sense of the body, so they know how things fit and feel. Yet there are not many women who study fashion. It's ridiculous.




Women are all the same; we want to be smaller in the waist, longer legs, slimmer. I design for women and their defects, to make them better.




I don't even know what my natural colour is. Natural? What is natural? What is that? I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables.




Elegance is always in style for men. There are all different kinds of elegance. It can be silk, it can be a T-shirt.




I think men know to seduce women though words and conversation and nice gestures. That's much sexier than when a man uses muscle.

I think men know to seduce women though words and conversation and nice gestures. That's much sexier than when a man uses muscle.




Plus-sized women shouldn't think of themselves as a size. They should think of themselves as women with rich goals in life. Size doesn't mean, really, anything. You can carry your size with pride and dress in a way that you like.




Gianni created the whole thing. I came later and helped him.




I like to eat. Definitely. I love sitting around a table with my friends. But I don't know how to cook anything.




The man of the millennium is much more liberated than the man of the '90s.




Let's just say beauty inspires me. But I like all beauty - I think it really comes from the inside out.




To define the era we live in is very difficult. How do we define it? We define it by music.




When I work, I wear pants usually because I want to be comfortable. I wear dark colors, especially in winter, because I don't want to concentrate on myself but on what I'm working on. Because I really, really love clothes, I can start to think too much about myself. It's distracting.




You can have small moments of happiness in life. You certainly can't expect years and years of it.




Women should be sure of themselves because women have a lot of capacities. We can achieve so many different things that men cannot. I think women are stronger.




Fashion needs fresh blood, and London is the most creative place for that.




Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.




I do think that exercise is important, not only to keep you in shape but also for your state of mind. However, I am not fanatical about it.




When my mother did fittings for her clients, I was hiding, looking at these beautiful ladies try on these fantastic clothes. I was dreaming as a small child to try these clothes on myself.




I love the mix of people who hang out at nightclubs now. Their individuality is an inspiration to me. The music they listen to, the clothes they wear and the way they wear them defines a street style that I love.




I'm like a little kid when it comes to music. I mean, the music is always blasting wherever I am that people always knock on my door and say, 'It's too loud!' But I think music gives so much inspiration.




In my life I had no other choice than to become a strong person.




Sometimes big designers are afraid that people won't recognize them if they change that much.




I have worked with wool all my life as a designer. There's so much more to it than knitwear - it's an amazingly versatile material and can be used in so many different ways from chic to rustic.




I don't like my physique at all.




For so long Versace couture was identified with celebrities and music, which I love. But at the same time it could overwhelm the clothes.




Hollywood is a very inspiring place.




I don't see anybody categorized as a 'fashion diva,' except for me! And I like that. I am thought of as a diva because I wear an evening dress and I take care of my look when I go out. I go to parties regarding business, not for fun. And that's why they call me a 'diva.'




In order to be responsible, you need some discipline in your life. For a while I lost mine.




In fashion, only sexy won't go out of fashion.




I'm a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it's frivolous or superficial, but it's not that way at all. It's actually very hard work.



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