Versace Is Murdered (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: When the high priest of haute couture, Gianni Versace, was murdered in front of his Miami Beach mansion, not only the fashion world but also celebrities and the general public reacted emotionally to this senseless and casual killing by a stranger.
Summary of Event
Gianni Versace had reached the pinnacle of success as a couturier and lived out a life that bordered on the fantastic. In contrast, Andrew Cunanan survived by deceit in a pathetic world of fantasy that he had invented. These opposite forces collided on July 15, 1997, when Cunanan shot Versace twice in the back of the head and left him to die on the steps of his palatial South Beach home, Casa Casuarina. The killer escaped, set off a massive manhunt, then committed suicide once cornered on July 28. Whether the two men had ever met before that violent morning remains a mystery. Some say they knew each other; Versace’s friends and family deny it.
When the news of Versace’s death flashed around the world, it was as though a king or a president, someone with great power and influence over the fate of millions, had been assassinated. In fact, the press chose such metaphors: One Italian newspaper called Versace a “prince,” and other reports referred to him as “king of couture,” “emperor of dreams,” and “fashion czar.” Television concentrated on the events, repeatedly focusing on the bloodstained steps of what...
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