Sunday, October 6, 2013

House of Versace (movie)

(Actress Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, left, designer Donatella Versace right)
House of Versace movie is based on a popular book written by Deborah Ball, who is a Wall Street Journal reporter. The book is titled "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival".

The movie is about the story of Donatella Versace, (played by Gina Gershon) the younger sister of Italian designer Gianni Versace (played by Enricko Colantoni). It shows the love/hate relationship between the two. Gianni was considered the genius designer, and Donatella would help with the look of the designs, based on how a woman would want to look, and feel in the fabrics.  Some of the big named clients were: Princess Diana, Elton John, Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley, Courtney Love, Cher, and many of the top models.

The movie also shows how Donatella has to be thrown into the spotlight once her brother was murdered, despite all of the pain that she was in, and her difficulties trying to keep the designs the way he would want them. She was ridiculed in the beginning by the critics, and turned to drugs to try to help her cope with things, and which only made things worse.

With the help of a friend, singer Elton John, and her family, Donatella turns the Versace brand into her own vision, and builds one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.

The movie airs on Lifetime. Click here for the schedule:

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