A Look Back at Donatella Versace’s Blonde Ambition

More than any plunging jungle-print dress or slit-up-to-there jersey gown, Donatella Versace’s ­greatest creation is undoubtedly herself. The glossy monograph Versace (Rizzoli) offers an intimate look at her integral role in the company through personal images and essays by friends, including W’s Stefano Tonchi. Take a look back at the ever ice-blonde designer throughout the years, here.

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Atelier Versace fall/winter 2012, July 2012 at the Hotel Ritz, Paris. Donatella Versace backstage with models Zuzanna Bijoch, Ella Kandyba, Vika Falileeva, Nimue Smit, Lindsey Wixon, Stef Van der Laan, Elza Luijendijk, Aymeline Valade, Anna Selezneva, Kate King, Karlie Kloss, and Ginta Lapina.

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Santo, Donatella, and Gianni Versace photographed at Villa Fontanelle, Moltrasio, Lake Como, 1987.

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Donatella Versace, spring/summer 2016.

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The Versace family photographed at Villa Fontanelle, Moltrasio, Lake Como, late ’80s.

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Atelier Versace F/W 2014 backstage, Paris.

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Donatella Versace with the models Scott Barnhill and Ivan de Pineda during the fittings of the Versace men’s spring/summer 2016 show.