Extraordinarily rare and iconic vintage Gianni Versace Couture jacket from his infamous Fall 1992 collection. The show which Versace himself called Miss S&M, and is now more commonly referred to as the “Bondage” collection, is one of the shows that defined Gianni's legacy. During this period Gianni Versace was at his very peak of his creative powers and it shows. The high-maintenance looks were meant to be seen, not in a dungeon somewhere, but on the red carpet, where they absolutely dominated. More recently, Versace bondage pieces have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Giovanna Battaglia and Kim Kardashian. Pieces from the A/W 1992/93 collection belong to Gianni Versace's most iconic and sought after designs. Having been featured in the advertising campaign and countless editorials, they are very well documented.
The jacket, presented on the 1992 runway by Helena Christensen, is made of a tangerine virgin wool crêpe featuring a tailored cut with padded shoulders, a clearly defined waist and piped button holes and is most opulently adorned with finely engraved metal fittings with medusa heads, buckled leather straps and a total of ten ornate rhinestone couture buttons. The jacket closes at the front with two couture buttons, four hidden buttons and three buckled leather straps.
Wallflowers and shrinking violets need not apply. The Italian label, branded by the signature medusa motif and founded by the late Gianni Versace in 1978, has always epitomized over-the-top sexiness and glamour.
The design reins were taken over by Gianni's sister, Donatella, after he was murdered in Miami Beach in 1997. Donatella oversees every collection under Gianni Versace SpA’s umbrella: ready-to-wear, menswear, and the lower-priced offshoot lines. The label’s aesthetic has remained relatively consistent, although Donatella has toned down the house’s decadent party image in recent seasons. And though there’s a slightly quieter new polish to the looks, it’s still a house that’s sought after for its strippy-strappy, safety-pinned, cut-down-to-there and slit-up-to-here camera-readiness. Santos - Gianni and Donatella’s brother - was originally appointed as sole CEO but has since become chairman of the board, and the company brought in a co-executive, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, to boost profits. With an influx of accessory collections and entrepreneurial endeavors, including hotels in Australia and the construction of locations in Dubai and Macau, the Versace empire remains a profitable lifestyle brand and a household name. Ownership will continue to be a family affair, as Donatella’s daughter, Allegra, inherited 50 percent of the company from her uncle Gianni. Donatella and Santos share the remaining portion.