One of the greatest tragedies in the fashion industry was the untimely death of Gianni Versace in 1997. A force in the industry, he and his sister Donatella and brother Santo created an empire, spearheaded the era of the supermodel, and dressed the likes of Madonna, Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Hurley. His death marked a pivotal point for Versace—would the fashion house stay afloat or crumble? Lifetime’s latest movie, House of Versace, based off of Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, aims to shed light on just that. Starring Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, the movie chronicles the designer’s struggles after the death of her brother. “It’s a tricky part of her life,” Gershon told InStyle.com yesterday at the Cinema Society’s premiere of the film in New York City. “She lost arguably the closest person to her. That’s a tough time for anyone, and then you get the pressure of having to hold up a family business. It wasn’t easy.” While the movie covers tough topics, it couldn’t be about Versace if there wasn’t a bit of glitz and glam, and of course, fashion. Scroll down to see four things that you should keep an eye out for when the TV movie airs on Lifetime tonight at 8/7c.
1. Fabulous Footwear
Donatella’s known for her love of heels, and you’ll not only see her in some pretty fabulous pairs, but you’ll also enter the inter workings of Versace and see her help design shoes with their in-house cobbler.
2. Real Footage
While this is a work of fiction, real footage is mixed in to give it a bit of a documentary feel. Keep your eyes peeled for Princess Diana in the iconic blue Versace dress, real runway shots, and more.
3. Awesome Early ’90s Fashion
You won’t be spotting any real Versace numbers, but the costume designer worked hard to create authentic pieces both from Gianni’s heyday (the safety pin dress, need we say more) and Donatella’s time at the helm, starting in the early ’00s.
4. An InStyle Name Drop!
If you listen closely towards the end of the movie, you’ll hear Donatella’s assistant tell her that the editors of InStyle are in the front row.
Plus, see the celebrities who love to wear Versace.