Versace spring/summer 18. Photography Mitchell Sams

donatella versace to be honoured with this year’s british fashion council fashion icon award

The award celebrates the creativity and innovation, glamour and power of Versace.

by Roisin Lanigan
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30 November 2017, 12:15pm

Versace spring/summer 18. Photography Mitchell Sams

Donatella Versace is set to be honoured with 2017’s prestigious Fashion Icon Award at this year’s Fashion Awards, the British Fashion Council has announced. The awards ceremony, which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with Swarovski next monday, will celebrate the creativity, innovation, glamour and power of the Versace brand, and also honour Donatella’s work in maintaining the brand’s legacy after the tragic death of her brother Gianni in 1997. The award comes at a poignant time for Versace, as it marks the end of a year of remembrance and tribute to Gianni’s 20 year legacy, while at the same time celebrating Donatella’s 20th year as Creative Director.

Commenting on the news Donatella said: “I am truly honoured to be collecting the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2017. For 40 years my brother and I have done what we love and that is a legacy I am honoured to continue and uphold. We have celebrated empowerment, joy and of course glamour. We have championed a community of people who share our values and together with them have created truly iconic images in the world of fashion.

“I am truly humbled by how Versace has been embraced across the decades, across the world and across the generations. Thank you to the industry for your support of us, thank you to my team for their loyalty and incredibly hard work, thank you to my family and friends who have supported me more than they can know and thank you to the genius that was my brother Gianni. His incredible spirit is in everything we do and everything we stand for.”

Dame Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the BFC, called Donatella an “exemplary woman and designer”, adding “She has shaped the global fashion industry with her vision for Versace. She has shown incredible strength and dedication to the industry and has continued her brother’s legacy through her remarkable work. What I admire the most about her is her ability to make women look and feel powerful. I could not imagine a better recipient of this award.”