The city of Milan will commemorate Gianni Versace on the 10th anniversary of his murder with a series of events in his memory, officials announced Friday. Versace, who built his fashion empire from his studio in the centre of Milan, was gunned down outside his oceanfront mansion in Miami Beach, Florida, on July 15, 1997.
Recalling Versace's love of the theatre, French choreographer Maurice Bejart has written a two-part ballet titled Thank you, Gianni, with love, to be performed on the 10th anniversary of his death at La Scala.
Other events include an exhibit of Versace's sketches of theatre costumes that will be installed on Milan streets this month, and the establishment of a scholarship in Versace's honour at the European Institute of Design in Milan. "Gianni for me was a great brother, a great man and a great artist," Donatella Versace told a news conference, sitting alongside her brother Santo. "He was a genius, who deserved all of this."