Sex, money, murder and fashion—the underlying themes of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” The story behind the assassination of one of the most iconic fashion designers of the ’90s titillates its audience with scenes of opulence and glamour.
The shows stellar cast includes a bevy of Hispanic actors like Édgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace and Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s partner. Darren Criss also stars as the psychopathic killer, Andrew Cunanan.
The show is set in South Beach, Miami in the ’90s and recalls debauchery and luxury. The show features an assortment of iconic vintage Versace pieces, colorful and skin-baring. Chainmail dresses (which made an appearance modeled by a cast of supermodels at the spring 2018 Versace show) and pin dresses might as well be cast members in the show.
The show also provides a look into Versace’s Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive, a representation of who Versace was in life, Italian-made and dripping in gold. From working for his mother’s small boutique in Calabria to a multi-millionaire with a company worth millions at his death.
Versace’s premature and tragic death on the steps of his home caused a worldwide uproar. Perhaps people didn’t know Versace before his death, but they did know of him later. The show provides a look at how slinky dresses, pretty houses, sexuality and fame are important themes in Versace’s life. Versace lacked support as a gay man in the ’90s from an Italian family. He had many rumored lovers and a steady partner, controversial to the mainstream during that time.
The Versace name demands grandeur, still a prominent fashion house proclaimed in rap music. The notable and inimitable Versace style, along with its Medusa head logo, is central to fashion history.
Even though there is a certain and obvious sadness to Versace’s story, the glamorous party scenes and overall ’90s vibes will inspire that same carefree, go-big-or-go-home attitude.