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House of Versace

The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival
Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Versace. The very name conjures up images of outrageous glamour and bold sexuality, opulence, and daring. All of course true, but only half the story. Versace is also the legacy of a great creative genius from a poor, backward part of southern Italy who transformed the fashion world through his intuitive understanding of both women and how a changing culture influenced the way they wanted to dress.

The first book in English about the legendary designer, House of Versace shows how Gianni Versace, with his flamboyant sister Donatella at his side, combined his virtuosic talent and extraordinary ambition to almost single-handedly create the celebrity culture we take for granted today.

Gianni Versace was at the height of his creative powers when he was murdered in Miami Beach. The story was headline news around the world and the manhunt for his killer a media obsession. His beloved sister Donatella demanded no less than a funeral befitting an assassinated head-of-state to be held in Milan's magnificent cathedral. In what was the ultimate fashion show, the world's rich and beautiful - Princess Dianna, Elton John, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Anna Wintour, and others - gathered to mourn a man already considered one of fashion's great pioneers.

©2010 Deborah Ball (P)2018 Tantor

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The narrator seem bored.... Very monotone. I also feel like the narrator should’ve been had a British or Italian.

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Great story, ok performance

I learned a lot and enjoyed this book. I didn’t know much about the designer or fashion industry. It’s a little slow in some of the history but the large majority of the story is intriguing.

I’m iffy about the performer reading it. Great pronunciation of various languages but some of her cadence is weird and a little irritating. But I still very much enjoyed the book.