Antonio D'Amico

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Antonio D'Amico
Born (1959-01-20) 20 January 1959 (age 59)
Mesagne, Italy
OccupationFashion designer
Partner(s)Gianni Versace (1982–1997)
Childrenno children

Antonio D'Amico (born 20 January 1959) is an Italian model and fashion designer.[1]


D'Amico was born in Mesagne, Province of Brindisi, Italy and later lived in Milan. He was hired as a part-time office administrator for his first job.[citation needed] He met Gianni Versace in 1982, and the couple eventually embarked on a long-term relationship that lasted 15 years, until Versace's murder in 1997.[2] During that time, he worked as designer for the Versace Sport line.[2] D'Amico now runs his own fashion design company[3].

Versace's will left D'Amico with a pension of 50 million lira a month for life,[4] and the right to live in any of Versace's homes in Italy and the United States.[5] However, since the properties that were left to D'Amico in Gianni's will actually belonged to the company, the homes belonged to Versace's sister Donatella, brother Santo, and his niece, Allegra after Versace's death. After working out some agreements with lawyers, D'Amico obtained a fraction of the pension and a restricted right to live in Gianni's properties. D'Amico's relations with the rest of the Versace family have not always been easy; Donatella said in March 1999, "My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive. I respected him as the boyfriend of my brother, but I never liked him as a person. So the relationship stayed the same."[6]

In popular culture[edit]

D'Amico was portrayed by actor Oscar Torre in the 1998 film The Versace Murder. In 2018, Ricky Martin portrayed D'Amico in the second season of the true crime television series American Crime Story, subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Martin was nominated for his first Primetime Emmy Award for his performance.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Fashion - Gianni Versace". The Knitting Circle. 2001-08-28. Archived from the original on 2007-01-12.
  2. ^ a b Spindler, Amy M. (1997-07-16). "Gianni Versace, 50, the Designer Who Infused Fashion With Life and Art". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Hardie, Beth. "What happened to Gianni Versace's long-term boyfriend? Antonio D'Amico, their 'open relationship' and what he looks like now". The Mirror. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  4. ^ Ball, Deborah (2011). House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-40652-1.
  5. ^ Here Publishing (20 January 1998). The Advocate. Here Publishing. pp. 81–. ISSN 0001-8996.
  6. ^ Horyn, Cathy (1999-05-25). "Versaces Halt Unauthorized Book on Slain Designer". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (7 April 2017). "Ricky Martin To Co-Star In 'Versace: American Crime Story' FX Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 18 January 2018.