Donatella Versace has a Jack Russell named Audrey, who is the inspiration for Versace’s pet fashion lines. Audrey has also starred in advertising and photo shoots for Versace. When InStyle asked her how long she’s had Audrey and what type of dog she is, Donatella replied, “Audrey is a Jack Russell Terrier and she is, um…you know, you never reveal the age of a lady!” The pampered pooch is also insta-famous for showing off her luxurious lifestyle on @audre_versace.
We do produce a line of Versace clothing and small accessories for dogs that was born out of the fact that I wanted them for Audrey. But she also has a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces because at the end of the day, she is my one and only.Donnatella Versace, Instyle, April 2020
May 2, 1955 (68)
Donatella Versace is an eminent Italian fashion designer and businesswoman, best known as the Chief Creative Officer of Versace, an international luxury fashion company.
Donatella’s influential presence in the fashion industry can be traced back to her work with Versace, the company founded by her late brother, Gianni Versace. Taking the reins after his tragic death in 1997, she showcased her keen eye for design and business acumen. Under her leadership, Versace has continually pushed the boundaries of fashion, setting trends and cultivating a daring aesthetic that blends Italian tradition with modern luxury. Donatella’s bold designs and visionary campaigns have reinforced Versace as a global fashion powerhouse.
Throughout her career, Donatella has collaborated with numerous celebrities, artists, and influential individuals. She has dressed some of the world’s most famous individuals, from royalty like Princess Diana to iconic performers like Madonna and Lady Gaga. A-list actors such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have graced the red carpet in her creations. Additionally, she has worked with esteemed photographers including Richard Avedon and Steven Meisel on Versace’s provocative advertising campaigns.
Donatella’s contributions to fashion have earned her significant recognition. In 2008, she was honored with the Fashion Group International Superstar Award for her leadership of the Versace brand. Her exceptional work was again acknowledged in 2010, when she was presented with the Do Something With Style Award from the VH1 Do Something Awards, given for her contribution to empowering young people through fashion. Furthermore, her creative direction for Versace has consistently kept the brand on Women’s Wear Daily’s “Hot List,” further cementing her influence and success in the industry.
Despite her busy career, Donatella makes time for animal welfare issues. An advocate for animal rights, she announced in 2018 that Versace would stop using real fur in its collections, acknowledging changing consumer attitudes towards the fur industry. This decision has significantly contributed to the fashion industry’s growing movement towards more ethical and sustainable practices.