One of the most famous designers in the world, Gianni Versace was born on December 2, 1946 in the city of Reggio di Calabria. Her father was a seller of household appliances, and her mother was a seamstress and worked for the richest women in the region.
In 1977, at the age of 31, he opened his own studio, and the Versace house quickly became a huge name in the fashion industry. Famous models such as Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer paraded in his presentations, and his creations made him a favorite of clients such as Princess Diana, Madonna and Courtney Love.
Gianni Versace was gay, which he did not hide, and when he was killed he lived in Miami and had a relationship with Antonio D’Amico, his younger partner. He discovered it in a pool of blood in front of the house.
The killer, Andrew Cunanan, was a 28-year-old gay gigolo who had been a prostitute since he was a teenager. He was the youngest of four brothers and had a quiet, traumatic childhood that would justify his later actions. At 21, he spoke seven languages and was a very attractive young man. He had relationships especially with much older men, who paid him substantial sums of money, and in the meantime he also became addicted to drugs. But he was abandoned, one by one, by all his rich lovers, because he showed his dark side more and more often: he used a lot of drugs, he was a fan of violent sex parties, with perversions, and he was obsessed with money.
A former member of the Calabrian mafia and an Italian police informant wrote a book a few years ago in which he reported that Andrew Cunanan was only an instrument of the mafia. Versace was allegedly shot because of debts he owed to the Italian mafia. But there were rumors that the designer and his killer had known each other for many years.
Read here what happened on the morning of the murder, what Versace did just before he was killed, what would have been his role in the mafia transactions and see an amazing gallery with the designer, his boyfriend and his assassin.