Given all the contemporary hype surrounding fanny packs, windbreakers, graphics tees and even cargo pants, it doesn’t take a fashion expert to see that the industry’s retro obsession with the ’90s design is in full force right now. On that note, we couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful coincidence it was when Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring/Summer 2018 show to her late brother Gianni Versace — one of fashion’s most celebrated designers in the ’90s — last year, which marked the 20th anniversary of his tragic death.

Gianni Versace
From left: A yellow medallion greco link belt (estimate: US$400 to US$700) and leather embellished vest with silk tie front (estimate: US$2,000 to US$7,000), both from Versace’s Spring/Summer 1993 collection. (Image credit: Doug Ordway and Richard Avedon)

Extending the effort in keeping the iconic designer’s legacy alive, Chicago-based fine art auction house Leslie Hindman Auctioneers recently announced its plans to host The Genius of Gianni Versace: A Collection of His Iconic ’90s Designs, during which 350 rare and emblematic designs from the decade will go under the hammer for the world to acquire.

Gianni Versace
From left: A red silk bondage harness bodice (estimate: US$3,000 to US$6,000) and a black leather ensemble (estimate: US$8,000 to US$10,000), both from Gianni Versace’s “Miss S&M” Fall/Winter 1992 collection. (image credit: Conde Nast Publications Ltd. and Richard Avedon)

Highlights from the auction include select pieces from Versace’s Baroque, Teatro, Bondage, Animal Print, Punk, and Miami collections, all featuring iconic motifs of the brand: from leopard to barocco prints in multiple colours, along with bold, revolutionary and era-defining designs that brought sexuality, power and pop culture to the runway long before anyone else.

The Genius of Gianni Versace: A Collection of his Iconic ’90s Designs auction will be held on 21 September 2018 in Chicago, contact Leslie Hindman Auctioneers or watch this page for further details.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607, United States, +1 312 280 1212

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.