Giovanni Maria "Gianni" Versace (Italian: [dʒoˈvanni maˈriːa verˈsaːtʃe];[lower-alpha 1] 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer, socialite and businessman. He was the founder of Versace, an international luxury-fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Madonna, Elton John, Tupac Shakur and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world.[4] He and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene.[5] The place where he was born and raised, Reggio Calabria, greatly influenced his career.

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Gianni Versace
Versace in an interview with Mario Biondi in 1990
Giovanni Versace

(1946-12-02)2 December 1946
Died15 July 1997(1997-07-15) (aged 50)
Cause of deathMurder
Resting placeNear Cernobbio, Italy
OccupationFashion designer
PartnerAntonio D'Amico (died in 2022) (1982–1997)

On 15 July 1997, he was murdered outside his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.[6][7][8]