Allegra Versace

Last updated

Allegra Versace
Allegra Versace Beck [1]

(1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 33)
Milan, Italy
Education Sir James Henderson School
Brown University
Known for
  • Heiress
  • Businesswoman
  • socialite
Net worth US$800 million

Allegra Versace Beck (Italian pronunciation:  [alˈleːɡra verˈsaːtʃe ˈbɛk] ; born 30 June 1986), commonly known as Allegra Versace, is an Italian American heiress and socialite. [1] Since 2011 Allegra has been a director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. [2] and has worked in New York City as a theatrical dresser. [3] [4]


Early life and education

Casa Casuarina,
Ocean Drive, Architectural District,
Miami Beach, Florida. Versace mansion - casa casuarina.jpg
Casa Casuarina,
Ocean Drive, Architectural District,
Miami Beach, Florida.

Allegra Versace is the daughter of Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace and American ex-fashion model Paul Beck, [5] and the niece of fashion designer Gianni Versace. She was raised outside Milan, Italy, with her younger brother Daniel. [6] Sir Elton John gave her a piano [1] [7] that she admits she never learned to play. [8] As a child, she took ballet classes for nine years and is to this day a huge admirer of ballet. [8] She credits her uncle Gianni as having instilled in her this lifelong passion for ballet. [8] For one of her birthdays, he introduced her to Maurice Béjart. [8]

Versace attended The British School of Milan, then known as "The Sir James Henderson School", [9] where she was tightly guarded. [10] Following the completion of secondary education, she went abroad, first to Brown University in Rhode Island [5] , then in 2006, she enrolled at UCLA, where she studied French, art history, and theatre. [11] [2]

Inheritance of Versace

Allegra Versace was eleven years old when her uncle Gianni Versace was fatally shot outside his Miami mansion in July 1997. [6] Her mother immediately sought counseling for her. [1] On her 18th birthday, she received 50% ownership of Gianni Versace S.p.A.. [12] Allegra's uncle Santo Versace already owned 30% of the fashion empire, and her mother already owned 20%, but due to a long-standing disagreement between the two, the remaining 50% of the Versace empire was willed by Gianni to Allegra. [1] Allegra instantly became worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Despite legally being able to claim full control of her inheritance at the age of 18, she opted to focus entirely on her studies and did not begin real participation in the business of Versace until she was 24. [8]

Related Research Articles

Cindy Crawford American model and actress

Cynthia Ann Crawford is an American model and actress. Her years of success at modeling made her an international celebrity that have led to roles in television and film, and work as a spokesperson. During the 1980s and 1990s, Crawford was among the most popular supermodels and a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, runways, and in fashion campaigns.

Gianni Versace Italian couturier

Giovanni Maria Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings, and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; Naomi Campbell; Duran Duran; Kate Moss; Madonna; Elton John; Cher; Sting; Tupac; The Notorious B.I.G.; and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world. He and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. On 15 July 1997, Versace was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, at the age of 50.

Donatella Versace Italian fashion designer

Donatella Francesca Versace is an Italian fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the current chief creative officer of Versace, a division of Capri Holdings. Versace was founded by her brother, Gianni Versace, and upon his death in 1997, Donatella inherited 20% of the company and became its chief executive officer. Versace was sold to Capri Holdings in 2018, although Donatella still remains involved.

Versace Italian luxury fashion company

Gianni Versace S.r.l., usually referred to simply as Versace, is an Italian luxury fashion company and trade name founded by Gianni Versace in 1978. The main collection of the brand is Versace, which produces upmarket Italian-made ready-to-wear and leather accessories. The Versace logo is the head of Medusa, a Greek mythological figure. The logo came from the floor of ruins in the area of Reggio Calabria that the Versace siblings played in as children. Gianni Versace chose Medusa as the logo because she made people fall in love with her and they had no way back. He hoped his company would have the same effect on people and on those who wore his clothes and shoes.

Amber Valletta American model and actress

Amber Evangeline Valletta is an American fashion model and actress. She began her career as a fashion model, landing her first of sixteen American Vogue covers at the age of eighteen. During the 1990s, Valletta reached the status of supermodel, working as the face of Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Escada, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Gucci and Versace, and signing multimillion-dollar cosmetics contracts with Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden. From 1995 to 1996, Valletta and her friend and fellow model Shalom Harlow hosted the MTV show House of Style.

Antonio DAmico Italian model and fashion designer best known as the boyfriend of Gianni Versace

Antonio D'Amico is an Italian model and fashion designer.

Santo Versace Italian fashion businessman

Santo Domenico Versace is an Italian businessman who is the president and co-chief executive officer of Gianni Versace SpA, based in Milan, Italy. Since 2008 he has been elected as Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic in the constituency of Calabria. He is a member of the Alliance for Italy political party, formerly being a member of The People of Freedom.

Christopher Kane Scottish fashion designer

Christopher Kane is a Scottish fashion designer based in London whose brand is now part of Kering.

Kirsty Hume British model

Kirsty Hume is a Scottish model who came to prominence in the fashion world in the 1990s.

Naomi Campbell English model, actress, and entrepreneur

Naomi Elaine Campbell is an English model, actress, and businesswoman. Discovered at the age of 15, she established herself amongst the most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s and was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press.

Versus (Versace) is the diffusion line of Italian luxury fashion house Versace. It began in 1989 as the first diffusion lines by the house, a gift by the founder Gianni Versace to his sister, Donatella Versace. After closing in 2005, Donatella resurrected it in 2009 with a capsule collection of accessories designed by emerging British designer Christopher Kane. The brand now comprises watches, leather accessories and ready-to-wear.

Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley dress worn by Elizabetrh Hurley to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994

English actress and model Elizabeth Hurley wore a black Versace dress, often referred to as "THAT Dress", when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. The dress was held together by several oversized gold safety pins. The dress is perhaps Versace's best-known creation, and is considered by some to be largely responsible for launching Hurley onto the global media stage.

The American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez wore an exotic green Versace silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000. The sheer fabric was printed with a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern, and cut with a very low neckline that extended well past Lopez's navel, while the waist of the dress was studded with citrines.

Rodeo Drive Walk of Style

The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, commemorates people who have made important contributions to fashion, design, and costume.

Julie de Libran is a French fashion designer. She has worked for leading fashion houses such as Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton. She specializes in women’s fashion, celebrity and event dressing and made-to-measure. In May 2014 she was named the artistic director of Sonia Rykiel. In June 2019 she launched her own fashion line, Julie de Libran Paris, a women’s made-to-order couture collection.

Genny is an Italian ready-to-wear manufacturer.

<i>American Crime Story</i> Television series

American Crime Story is an American anthology true crime television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are executive producers with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Simpson. Similar to the fictional horror anthology series American Horror Story, also from Murphy and Falchuk, each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated true events. Alexander and Karaszewski did not return after the first season, but they retained executive producer credit.

<i>House of Versace</i> 2013 film by Sara Sugarman

House of Versace is a 2013 Canadian biographical drama television film directed by Sara Sugarman and starring Gina Gershon. Based on the 2010 biography House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival by Deborah Ball, it depicts real-life events of the Versace family, and particularly designer Donatella Versace inheriting the Versace fashion house following the murder of her brother Gianni.

<i>The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story</i> Second season of American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. The season premiered on January 17, 2018, and concluded on March 21, 2018. In 9 episodes, the series explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan, based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. The series stars Édgar Ramírez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, and Penélope Cruz.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Cunningham, Jennifer (19 June 2004). "Is there a Versace in the house?; Allegra Beck; Aged 11, she watched TV reports flash up news that her beloved uncle, Gianni Versace, had been shot. Now she stands to inherit a 50% share of the Versace empire. But who is this girl with the power at her fingertips?". The Herald . Plymouth, England. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015 via HighBeam Research.
  2. 1 2 Carpenter, Julie (15 June 2011). "Return of the lost little rich girl". Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. Emami, Gazelle; Moss, Hilary (8 June 2011). "Allegra Versace Talks Anorexia, Making A Name For Herself in Fashion". The Huffington Post . Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  4. Roberts, Andrew (9 June 2011). "Allegra Versace, 50% Versace Shareholder, Joins Company's Board". Bloomberg . Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  5. 1 2 Ginsberg, Merle (March 2007). "Exclusive: Donatella & Allegra". Harper's Bazaar . p. 452. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  6. 1 2 Guest, Katy (20 July 2004). "Poor little super rich kids". The Age . Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  7. Arie, Sophie (2004). "Gianni's golden girl". The Guardian . Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 "Allegra Beck, la 'principessa' de Gianni Versace que nunca quiso la c…". 19 March 2019. Archived from the original on 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  9. Fenton, Ben (2 July 2001). "Wealthy 'princess' marks coming of age". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  10. Ball, Deborah (2011). House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival (Illustrated ed.). Crown Publishing Group. ISBN   9780307406521 . Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  11. Hellard, Peta (1 April 2007). "Saddest girl in the world". Herald Sun . Retrieved 3 November 2015. late last year she shifted to Los Angeles to study acting, French and art history at a Californian university, UCLA.
  12. "Versace niece's $700m birthday gift". The Sydney Morning Herald . 2 July 2004. Retrieved 25 June 2014.