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A scene from the trailer of 'House of Versace'. - VIMEO/AFP
Fashion house says movie ‘should be seen as a work of fiction’.
SET to debut on Oct 5 in the US, House of Versace already looks to become a camp cult classic with its mix of dramatic dialogue and over-the-top costumes.
Gina Gershon stars as Donatella Versace, alongside silver screen legend Raquel Welch, in a story exploring the struggles of the Italian fashion house in the years surrounding Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder.
Still, the made-for-TV movie, which is based on Wall Street Journal writer Deborah Ball’s 2010 book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival, hasn’t received a particularly warm welcome from the designer:
“Versace has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace,” the brand told WWD. “Since Versace did not authorise the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” the company added.
Fellow luxury brand Chanel got a decidedly different treatment on the screen. There have been two recent cinematic adaptations of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life: the 2009 hit Coco Before Chanel starring Audrey Tautou, and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky with Anna Mouglalis which closed the Cannes film festival in the same year.
Previously, Donatella Versace has been a pretty good sport when it comes to on-screen impersonations including comedian Maya Rudolph’s parody on Saturday Night Live, which she found “hilarious”. “I think that was the moment when fashion became pop culture,” Versace told interviewer Joy Behar.
The US channel is following up the premiere of the film with a screening of Versace: Beyond the Headlines, an hour-long documentary exploring the origins of Gianni Versace and the birth of one of the biggest fashion brands in the world. – AFP Relaxnews
Watch a trailer for House of Versace here: http://vimeo.com/75274056
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