Donatella Francesca Versace is an Italian fashion designer and current vice president of the Versace Group, as well as its chief designer. During the 1980s, Donatella’s brother, Gianni Versace, launched a perfume dedicated to her, Blonde, and gave her her own fragrance label, Versus, which Gianni formerly ran for her. After Gianni’s death, Donatella took over all aspects of the label.
In the mid-1970s, Donatella followed her older brother, Giovanni (“Gianni”), to pursue knitwear design in Florence, Italy. She had planned to work for her brother in the public relations department, but was more valuable to him as a “muse and critic”, according to her during an interview with Vogue. Through her closeness to her brother’s enterprises, she entered the fashion world. During the 1980s, Gianni launched a perfume dedicated to her, Blonde, and gave her her own label, Versus.
Plans for the Palazzo Versace, Dubai were announced in May 2005. Gianni Versace SpA, Sunland Group Ltd., and Emirates International Holdings have announced the Palazzo Versace resort to be constructed in the Arabian Bays on the Dubai Creek in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The second Palazzo Versace would have a number of suites and luxury villas, including a spa. Official plans were to begin construction in 2006 and have the hotel completed sometime in 2008. The interior of the hotel would be furnished with various Versace collections. As Creative Director, Donatella would carry out final plans and design strategies for the hotel and resort compound. This would be the second Palazzo Versace hotel to be built, and the second hotel in Dubai to have a wide range of Versace collections. In October 2002, Gianni and Donatella’s best known Versace clothing was displayed in a special exhibit of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London to be honored for extraordinary fashion success and symbolism worldwide.