From the Vogue Archive here is some stunning images of Gianni Versace’s Opulent Casa Casuarina.
The style, I’ll admit, is not my cup of tea, but how can you not admire such extravaganza and attention to details?
Photographed by Bruce Weber, these pictures originally appeared in “Versace’s Castle in the Sand,” by Charles Gandee, in the December 1994 issue of Vogue.
Versace spent $2.95 million for the house, which he gutted, and an additional $3.7 million on the adjacent Hotel Revere, which was razed to make room for a garden and swimming pool, among other features. Versace’s new home would be, as Charles Gandee described it in Vogue, “the most visible house on the most trafficked street in the most publicized resort in this country.”
Not only were Versace fabrics used throughout, but scarf prints formed the basis for the trompe-l’oeil embellishments. Instead of pastels, Versace opted for jewel tones, gilded wood, and glittering mosaics.