Gianni Versace is the undisputed if absent protagonist of an exhibition at Naples’ Palazzo Mondragone. Eclectic inspirations, boundless imagination, vivid colour, fearless patterns, and the metal bits – they’re all there in around 200 items designed by one of the planet’s foremost stylists and fashion-businesspersons ever. Unmistakeable couture creations, accessories and furnishings are on display in the halls, courtyard and gardens of the downtown historic building, designated Fashion Hub of the Campania region and seat of the Elena Aldobrandini Musuem of Textiles and Clothing.
All this bounty hails from a private collection, that of Neapolitan Antonio Caravano, who currently owns something like 900 pieces from 1990s collections until Versace’s death in 1997. The testimonial exhibition is organised to attract fashionistas to Naples, and admission is free. Nineties – Gianni Versace Tribute is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm until May 18 2013.