Gianni Versace Retrospective

Gianni Versace | Retrospective

by Karl von der Ahé and Saskia Lubnow



"My only dream is to get old and finally have time to read all the books that I'm collecting." – Gianni Versace


  • 176 pages
  • over 150 illustrations
  • English language
  • WBooks
  • Released in December 2022
  • W 23 x L 29 x D 1.8 cm
  • Gilt-edged hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789462585317
  • 1.23 kg
The Book

The Book


Gianni Versace was assassinated in 1997, but his progressive philosophy is still recognisable in fashion today. Versace broke with traditional male-female clichés by designing clothes for both sexes and incorporating symbols of sexuality and power into his creations. His open homosexuality made him an important figure in the LGBTQ movement. Moreover, he played a major role in encouraging women’s self-awareness by not concealing their bodies. At the same time, as a clever marketer, he attracted celebrities to promote his brand and turned unknown models into true superstars.


In Gianni Versace Retrospective, the work of one of the most influential couturiers of all time comes to life. Men and women’s outfits, accessories, fabrics, interior designs, and memories from the shows of his heyday between 1989 and 1997 showcase Versace’s extraordinary creativity. In addition to being a retrospective, this book is also a tribute to the exuberant world of the Italian fashion designer, full of extravagant clothing and lavish catwalk shows in which fashion, pop, and design came together in a spectacular way.

About the authors

They are internationally regarded as experts on the subject of “Gianni Versace”.

Karl von der Ahé, who studied cultural studies and had worked in fashion since 1998, and Saskia Lubnow, who studied fashion design and brand management in Italy, have spent the last five years deeply researching and studying the life and work of Gianni Versace. They have met people who knew him personally and have collected books and interviews about him. Their encounters and studies have greatly enriched their understanding of Gianni Versace and have given their own path a new direction. They plan to continue preserving the memory of Gianni Versace and his work for future generations.