House of Versace

House of Versace is a 2013 Canadian biographical drama television film directed by Sara Sugarman and starring Gina Gershon. Based on the 2010 biography House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival by Deborah Ball, it depicts real-life events of the Versace family, and particularly designer Donatella Versace inheriting the Versace fashion house following the murder of her brother Gianni.[1][2][3]

House of Versace
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Based onHouse of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival
by Deborah Ball
Screenplay byRama Stagner
Directed bySara Sugarman
ComposerMichel Corriveau
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
  • Ric Nish
  • Sharon Bordas
CinematographyJohn Dyer
EditorJean Beaudoin
Running time85 minutes
Production companyMarVista Entertainment
Original networkLifetime
Original release
  • October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)


The film is about Italian fashion designer and company founder Gianni Versace. When Gianni is shot dead in front of his villa "Casa Casuarina" in Miami at the age of 50, his two siblings, Donatella and Santo, have to take over the management of the company. Donatella has been using drugs since then and is about to go bankrupt. With the help of her relatives, she is transferred to a rehabilitation center and comes back clean and healthy again. It leads the company to one of the most influential fashion brands in the world.



  1. ^ Laura Fries (October 3, 2013). "TV Review: 'House of Versace'". Variety. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ Jon Caramanica (October 4, 2013). "Loud, Brash, Raunchy: And Not Just the Clothes". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ Robert Lloyd (October 5, 2013). "Review: Lifetime's 'House of Versace' does high drama in style". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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