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  • Place of origin:

    Milan (made)

  • Date:

    1983-1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Versace, Gianni, born 1946 - died 1997 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Aluminium mesh, silk satin and diamante

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Signor Gianni Versace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress of black aluminium mesh in kimono style and with satin sash and diamente clips.

Place of Origin

Milan (made)


1983-1984 (made)


Versace, Gianni, born 1946 - died 1997 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Aluminium mesh, silk satin and diamante

Object history note

To mark being the subject of a Study Day at the V&A in 1985, designer Gianni Versace presented the Museum with a collection of his work, including this aluminium mesh dress which is the original 1984 versions of dresses which were worn by Princess Caroline of Monaco, the model and actress Candace Bergen, and the Italian pop singer Ornella Vanoni.

Descriptive line

Evening dress in aluminium mesh, Gianni Versace, 1983-84

Labels and date

The luxurious combination of contrasting materials was a Versace hallmark. Craftsmanship and its painstaking execution has been the essential ingredient of Milanese fashion since the Renaissance and was certainly the case with Gianni Versace.

Fabrics used by Versace were usually designed and executed to his specifications. After years of experimentation which utilised new technologies, a lightweight aluminium mesh was produced for Versace which was soft and pliable enough to be sewn in the usual way and made into shimmering, modernistic evening dresses.

This evening gown, which is short-sleeved and asymmetric in cut, wraps across the body and swoops to a point at the ankle. The deep V-neckline is edged with silk satin and fastens on the hip with a large silk satin bow and trailing sash.

Given by Gianni Versace [1985-2003]


Evening wear; Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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