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The Best, Most Supermodel-Filled Images from the Height of Gianni Versace’s Reign

Rose Hartman

Digging through the archives of Gianni Versace‘s work at his eponymous brand, which he founded in 1978, one might find a caption describing the late designer as the “toast of Paris, Miami, and New York.” But really, no matter where he showed—and his destinations also included Los Angeles and Milan—the late Versace designer’s work inevitably made a statement, thanks in no small part to Versace’s close relationships with the supermodels of the day. Among his inner circle were models like Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, and Carla Bruni—a coterie who, in the wake of Versace’s murder in 1997, have remained loyal to his younger sister Donatella Versace, as she took over the storied house. It was this group of five supermodels who walked in Versace’s Spring 2018 show, a glorious, moving homage to her late brother on the 20th anniversary of his death. The show was filled with motifs and silhouettes pulled straight out of the Versace archive, albeit with a distinctly Donatella update. Here, take a fabulous trip down memory lane and see the original looks on the biggest supermodels of the time.

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Linda Evangelista, Versace fashion show, Rock ‘n’ Rule Benefit after party, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York, 1992.

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Beverly Peele at the 1994 F/W Versace fashion show.

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Acting MTV new anchor, Cindy Crawford, interviews Claudia Schiffer during the 1991 Versace fashion show in Los Angeles.

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Kate Moss struts down the runway during the 1995 S/S Versace fashion show.

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Cindy Crawford attends Versace’s “Rock ‘N Rule” Fashion Show Gala to Benefit amfAR in 1992 in New York City.

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Linda Evangelista at the Gianni Versace Spring 1993 show circa 1992 in Milan, Italy.

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Naomi Campbell wears Versace, in the 1991 Los Angeles, California, Versace fashion show.

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Cindy Crawford backstage at the 1993 s/s Versace fashion show.

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Naomi Campbell walks during the Versace Fall 1992 RTW runway show.

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Christy Turlington walks during the Versace Fall 1992 RTW runway show.

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Helena Christensen walks the runway at the Versace Haute Couture S/S 1992-1993 fashion show in January, 1992 in Paris, France.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell Modeling Versace Jacket during the 1992 F/W Versace show.

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Cindy Crawford attends Versace’s “Rock ‘N Rule” Fashion Show Gala to Benefit amfAR on September 14, 1992 at Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

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Amber Valletta walks during the 1995 Versace haute couture show in Paris.

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Kate Moss models Gianni Versace’s spring collection again in 1995.

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Shalom Harlow walks the runway at the Versace Haute Couture S/S 1992-1993 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in January, 1992 in Paris, France.

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Gianni Versace, always innovating, blends transparent plastic and shimmering fabric for a futurist evening gown in his f/w 1995-1996 show.

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Naomi Campbell during the 1991f/w Versace fashion show in Los Angeles.

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A model presents an eclectic striped bodysuit and spencer jacket with a coordinated green-striped fantasy military cap during the S/S 1993 Versace fashion show.

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Kate Moss wears Gianni Versace’s zippered bridal gown during the f/w 1995-1996 Versace fashion show.

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Amber Valletta walking down the Runway at the 2000 Spring Fashion Week: Versace Fashion Show in New York City.

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Carla Bruni walks the catwalk at the Versace High Fashion show in Paris, France (1993)

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Yet again: Naomi Campbell walks the runway at the Versace Haute Couture 1992-1993 fashion show in Paris.

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Nadja Auermann, Carla Bruni, Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Shalom Harlow and Top Models wearing ” Fashion Aid Clothing ” Tee Shirts Pose at the Versace High Fashion Show at the Ritz Hotel on January 1,1994 in Paris.

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Gianni Versace, takes a bow at a 1991 Los Angeles, California, fashion show.