Meisel’s photographs for Versace Atelier Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1993 (unveiled in Paris in July at The Ritz), were used to illustrate a feature I wrote in The Times Magazine: ‘His first couture collection, Versace Atelier, was shown in 1989 and certainly raised eyebrows…but…it made great pictures…Image is Versace’s forte. When he designs a dress he doesn’t just stop there. His sketches feature shoes, jewellery, bags and more. He knows exactly how he wants the models’ hair to look, how their faces should be made up. What Versace creates are incredible clothes…this season he once again swept aside any preconceptions of what couture should be with an awesome collection that mixed gothic horror with punk rock. And yet it was not just shock’n’roll. Versace made much of fabrics – slashing velvet and restitching it with a spidery web of fine black thread, making little boxy dresses full of tiny holes, and patchworking velvet with lace. This was true couture. It embodied the very spirit of the art: to create the impossible dream.’

Photographer: Steven Meisel
Models: Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, Ingrid


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