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Gianni Versace's most iconic designs are now on display in a retrospective in Berlin

One of Europe’s most fashion-forward cities is hosting a huge tribute to the life and works of design icon Gianni Versace. 

Gianni Versace Retrospective at Kronprinzenpalais. Image by Brian Dowling/Getty Images

In what the organisers describe as “the most spectacular exhibition ever” and “the largest exhibition of Gianni Versace‘s original craft ever seen,” countless pieces of the iconic designer’s work have been brought together at the Kronprinzenpalais on Berlin’s iconic Unter Den Linden for visitors to admire.  The exhibition is broken down into themes, with one room dedicated to black and gold designs, and others showing clothes worn by Madonna, Prince and the tailcoat worn by Sting on his wedding day.  Many of his  designs were made famous  by supermodels like Linda Evangalista and Naomi Campbell throughout  the 1980s and 1990s.   

The exhibition comes on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Gianni Versace brand. Image by Brian Dowling/Getty Images

Fans of the famous  fashion designer are treated to an eclectic collection of clothing, accessories and home furnishings that captivated the world in Versace’s heyday, in the heart of a city he loved. There is even  a reproduction of his bedroom from Versace’s famous Miami-Mansion.

Models during the Gianni Versace Retrospective runway show at Kronprinzenpalais. Image by Brian Dowling/Getty Images

Speaking to Tagesspiegel, exhibition curator Sabina Albano said: “Berlin is a place of innovation, Gianni Versace goes well with this city, because it was always ahead of its time. He was bold, a visionary.” Collector Antonio Caravano added: “We both felt the need to remember him now, twenty years after Gianni Versace’s death.”

Gianni Versace with Karen Mulder, Linda Evangelista and Carla Bruni at the Ritz Hotel Paris on January 1,1992. Image by Getty Images

Exhibiting this magnificent collection in Germany seems particularly pertinent as Gianni’s first ever fashion show was held in 1978 in the small city of Lippstadt.  The exhibition begins as TV fans eagerly await the new series of American Crime Story, which will focus on the 1997 murder of the designer on the steps of his home in Miami.

Tickets for the exhibition which runs until April are available on Eventbrite.

Words: Ryan Barrell