Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2016
Upenn Photography & Fashion students were electrified last night by guest visitor Bryan Abrams, legendary collector of Versace luxury goods. Mr Abrams talked about his long friendship and history with Gianni Versace. A discussion ensued about the evolution of the brand and also the untimely death of one the world’s most famous fashion designers, by notorious serial killer Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997. Abrams also explained how the brand survived those unimaginable days of loosing their leader, but positively reported how the brand has endured and continues to reach new consumers despite a notorious and horrific period in fashion history.
Mr. Abrams brought in 10 limited edition Versace vintage silk shirts for students to photograph from his vast holdings of Versace wear. The collection is insured by Lloyds of London and is rumored to be one of the most comprehensive Versace mens collections in the world. Models for the session were supplied by Main Line Models & Talent agency. Makeup styling was performed by Hollywood experienced, Carolyn Diamond and her partner Theresa McErlean. Student work from the session will be published at TWS in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!