Evening gown, spring/summer 1991
Gianni Versace (Italian, 1946â€“1997), for Versace Couture (Italian, founded 1992)
Polychrome printed silk with multicolored rhinestone and glass bead embroidery
Gift of Gianni Versace, 1993 (1993.52.4)
Widely influenced by the florid shapes and colors of print artists like Sonia Delaunay and Raoul Dufy, both of whom collaborated with fashion artists during the course of their careers, Gianni Versace frequently referenced art historical and various cultural aesthetic phenomena. His classical allusions range from the inclusion of the Medusa as part of the Versace logo to the Greek key pattern as a frequenter of both men's and women's collections, though an attraction to both Surrealism and Pop Art is equally obvious in his fabric manifestations. This piece, printed with the iconic faces of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, is a testament to Versace's fascination with the ironic and sometimes morbid depictions of Andy Warhol inasmuch as it is an exclusive signifier of Versace's self-proclaimed personality as the celebrity couturier.
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