MG BOOK CORNER ‘Gianni Versace’ by Tony di corcia
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I am glad that recently more and more publishers in Poland launches books not only about fashion but also about well-known, international designers. One of those fell into my hands a few weeks ago – it was a book by Tony Di Corcii titled ‘ Gianni Versace’. I must admit that whenever I begin to read some biographies I always have ambivalent feelings – often the authors, by the excessive accumulation of irrelevant facts and stiff tongue, rinse lives of the characters from all the excitement. Biography is not an encyclopedia – to be interesting it has to be inspiring to make the process of getting to know a person’s life a natural pleasure. If I wanted to read a dry encyclopedia, I’d rather buy one.
Fortunately this mistake is not made by Di Corciano. Biography of Gianni Versace is not only lightweight, but also witty and richly supplemented by quotes and comments from designer’s environment. Even the introduction is written by Giorgio himself (he was actually a non-official rival of Gianni). Combining those two Italian designers came naturally – they were like fire and water, and their styles represent two entirely different aesthetic poles. With these healthy differences and creativity, they constantly power each other up.
This book is a well-prepared overview of the life of Versace from the early beginnings until the unexpected death as a result of the murder in 1997. You can learn more about his start, the fact that the most important person in his life was his mother, who was more than a seamstress – she was a contemporary virtuoso of needle and thread. Biography also allows you to understand where designer’s erotic attraction to extravagance, ancient culture inspirations and finally his distinctive style came from. By the mode of writing I can see that the author really likes Gianni, so the whole thing is nicer to read. Gianni was not only an extremely talented (and crucial) designer, but also a warm and sensitive man. The book also allows you to understand the remarkable (although often based on very lively debates) relationship with his sister – a heir to his artistic achievements, Donatella. ‘ Gianni Versace’ by Rebis Publishing is a good and honest biography. First of all, thanks to the perfectly balanced proportions between facts, anecdotes and healthy subjectivity contained in the publication of Tony di Corcii. At the end you will find a useful timeline of major events in designer’s life. I could definitely recommend it to all the fashion maniacs! 🙂
from MACADEMIAN GIRL http://www.macademiangirl.com/2013/12/mg-book-corner-gianni-versace-by-tony.html