Thursday, 21 May 2015

60 Years of Made in Italy at Pavilion KL - Part 4

Maison Versace Exhibition

Masion Versace Exhibition at Pavilion KL

The Maison Versace Exhibition was my favourite part of the 60 Years of Made in Italy Exhibition. The exhibition was held in a specially-constructed space at the Centre Court of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.  Inside, a full range of Versace products was showcased, from perfume, home collection, archive Atelier Versace pieces, handbags and watches.  I did not take photos of the watches and some of the outfits as I was completely mesmerised by the Atelier Versace evening gowns. 

Versace watches
The watches were displayed in a column right in the centre of the space.

Atelier Versace gowns worn by Charlize Theron (left) and Eva Longoria (right)
Close-ups of the Atelier Versace gowns
The details on Eva Longoria's dress
Although I have not been wowed by Versace since Donatella Versace took over, I must admit that Atelier Versace has always taken my breath away.  The white one-shoulder gown with starburst pattern was worn by Charlize Theron to the Vanity Fair party in 2011.  The dove grey gown with elaborate beading and a sweeping train of ruffles was worn by Eva Longoria at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. 

Atelier Versace gowns worn by Fan Bing Bing (left) and Penelope Cruz (right)
Do either of these dresses look familiar to you?  The purple ombre gown with feathered train was modified for Fan Bing Bing to wear to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.  The original design featured a high neck.  
Details on Fan Bing Bing's dress
Details on Penelope Cruz's dress
The blush gown with a feathered train (again) was worn by Penelope Cruz to the Oscars in 2007.  I love this gown!  It looked so beautiful on Penelope Cruz and the details of the train are just amazing.  By the way, all the gowns look really tiny.  All the actresses must have really miniscule waists. 

Red embellished Versace dress
I do not know if this sexy red number with sequins, beads and metal studs was worn by anyone famous.  However, the dress itself is more than enough to attract anyone’s attention.  Just imagine the sheer amount of work that went into the dress!

Versace homewares
Versace does not design for the tastes of shrinking violets.  This is evident even in their homewares.  Gold, gold, gold and more gold! 

Versace bags
Finally, some handbags by Versace.  I think the black minaudière is called Strass.  After some Googling, I would guess that the bag on the right is the Versace Medusa crystal-embellished shoulder bag.  It was sold on for almost MYR28,000!  A gold version was also shown at the exhibition but was face-down in the Strass minaudière.  As you can see, Versace is not for the minimalist!

This post concludes the series on the “60 Years of Made in Italy” exhibition.  I am so glad that I went back a second time to see the Maison Versace Exhibition.  I hope that other countries will put together exhibitions like this to enable the public to get to see their works of fashion up close. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this series! 

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