The fashion industry is often associated with all kinds of qualifying adjectives referring to glamour, beauty and vanity. Nevertheless, the word murder It has also been present in an unthinkable way, as some of the characters behind distinguished and exclusive design houses have suffered from attacks that ended their lives in fruitful and inexplicable ways.
interest in knowing everything about the crimes of the most renowned designers “it became fashionable” after large television and film production companies realized the lack of visual narratives on the subject, bringing it in miniseries formats, as it did Fox Extended with American Crime Story: The Murder of Gianni Versaceor films like the one that was recently seen with the performances of Lady Gaga, Adam Driver Y Jared Leto, The House of Gucci.
Despite the fact that both cases are the most popular and mediatic to date, there is a much broader list than is thought, so fashion crimes are not isolated cases to these two designers, if not they tend to be more recurrent of what is thought, having the majority passionate reasons involved.
Maurizio Gucci and the “Black Widow”, Patrizia Reggiani
It is inevitable not to start with the count with the most viral and controversial case in history, because in addition the name of a famous fashion house is involved: in 1995 the world shook when the heir to the firm was shot at the entrance of his luxurious residence. At 8:20 a.m. on March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci, 46, left home to go to work; minutes later, he was shot several times outside his office, located in one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods in Milan.
Like any crime that has juicy fortunes involved, the police began to investigate the case, resulting two years later in one of the most shocking news that decades later would reach the cinema: Patricia ReggianiGucci’s wife, was convicted of having hired a murderer to kill her husband after discovering that he was having an affair with another woman. The former president of the fashion company had offered his wife $650,000 in exchange for a divorce, something she described as “a plate of lentils.”
For this reason, the renowned woman won the international title as the black widowchasing up to the present. Allegra Gucciher daughter, spoke about the controversial case, her mother and the harsh 17 years she spent in prisonas well as his entire version of the story in his book Fine dei giochi -The games are over- issue that aims to end all conspiracy theories, including the Lady Gaga movie.
“The murder of my father and the imprisonment of my mother were a tsunami for me. I hope the truth finally comes out. I was 14 years old and the wave swept me away, at that time I was just looking for a bubble to breathe while there were sharks around me, ”she said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“The Tsar” of German fashion strangled with a telephone cable
This case is famous for the similarities to the one mentioned above. In January 2005, when the driver of Rudolf Moshammer showed up at the designer’s luxurious villa to pick up his boss, found him strangled with a telephone cord. She was still wearing the black suit she had worn the night of his death and was lying on the floor of the hall, a few feet from the open door of his bedroom. “Everything indicates that it was a murder,” Munich prosecutor Peter Boie said, but he did not elaborate.
In the same year, the police arrested an Iraqi who confessed to having strangled the designer during a lawsuit over the payment of sexual services. According to police information, the designer had no opportunity to defend himself. The young man was arrested when he was returning to his home and, although he initially denied the facts, he ended up confessing that he had killed Moshammer. The irony is that the subject of his sexuality was not taken up in any way, trying to keep everything as a debt settlement when there was a homosexual relationship.
The misfortune for which Donatella Versace is the heir to the empire
Perhaps you have already seen this story from the hand of Darren Criss -as Andrew Cunanan-, Ricky Martin as –Antonio D’Amico– and Penelope Cruz as –donatella versace-, but there are still many secrets that have not been revealed. The morning of July 15, 1997, gianni versace was assassinated at the door of his mansion from Miami Beach. The 50-year-old Italian designer was on his way home from breakfast in a café when Cunanan, a 27-year-old sex worker shot him at close range in the back of the head and neck; he died instantly.
The problem with this case that could give a whole topic to develop is that it has multiple hypotheses about what happened and why he was killedthat go from a theftthe search of the authorities for private matters against the laws, a involvement with the mafiaa gay romance or even about a voluntary transmission of HIV to his partner, who after discovering it would have ended his life.
The mob version and the crime of passion are the most accepted: a dead pigeon found next to the couturier’s corpse sparked all kinds of conjecture as to whether Cunanan was actually a hired assassin. Although no further evidence was found to support the hypothesis, the publication of the book metastasis in 2010 he reopened the controversy. Giuseppe Di Bella, a former member of the Calabrian mafia (Gianni Versace’s birthplace), assured that the murder was a settling of accounts ordered by the godfather Paolo de Stefano, with whom the designer had outstanding debts.
The news of his illness aroused a supposed thirst for revenge in Cunanan, who decided to end the lives of the men who could have infected him. This would explain the deaths of Trail, Manson and Miglin, but not so much that of Gianni Versace, since the nature of their relationship has never been clarified.
A woman on the list
Sylvie Cachayat the age of 33, she was strangled and drowned in a bathtub of the Soho House hotel in Manhattan, at the hands of his partner, Nicholas Brooks. It is said that the couple had a stormy relationship and the talented designer had decided to end it, so Brooks was furious and ended up murdering her, being a femicide of great relevance due to the relationship with the world of fashion that she had and the important people she had. who assisted by giving him his creations.