Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace has cemented its status in the fashion world thanks to its glamorous and sexy aesthetic. The innovative designer used influences from rock’n’roll, ballet, celebrity and art to redefine fashion’s place in society. After her brother’s death in 1997, Donatella Versace took over as artistic director and as Vice President of the board. Widely regarded as her brother’s muse, Donatella Versace remains true to the Italian brand’s signature DNA, yet brings it into the 21st century with her own feminine and elegant touches. Alongside the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, Versace has since expanded to include a line of accessories, shoes, eyewear and fragrances.