Gianni Versace's safety pinned pieces of the early 1990s were taken from the tattered t-shirts and pants of the punk movement - from kids, who, if their clothes were torn, they just pinned them back together - and translated into something super luxe and super glamorous.
The safety pins were adorned with the Versace logo: the head of Medusa. The slashes were not raw edged but neatly sewn. But nevertheless there was still a feeling of rebellion in them. When Elizabeth Hurley wore Versace's slashed and safety pinned gown to her beau Hugh Grant's movie premiere, she shocked and sensationalized the typical red carpet dress - and launched her career.
I was so thrilled to find this Gianni Versace Couture ensemble for RARE vintage - the jacket is fully 'slashed' and large gold safety pins replace the usual button closures. The ensemble is sold with its original skirt.
Versace slashed 'Le Smoking' jacket:
Gianni Versace in a slashed sweater back in the day with Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington in safety pin dresses:
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