It’s been a YEAR for Donatella Versace — she’s co-hosting the 2018 Met Gala, she’s having none other than Penélope Cruz play her in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the story of her brother’s murder, and now, she’s receiving the “Fashion Icon of the Year” award.
Versace will be honored with the most coveted award within the British Fashion Council on Monday evening at Royal Albert Hall in London. She took over the label when her brother Gianni was murdered in 1997 and furthered its evolution into the iconic, internationally recognized symbol of luxury it is today. She brought celebrity to Versace, making Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and more the faces of the brand. She also designed the deliciously infamous, cut-down-to-there Versace Green dress J.Lo wore at the 2000 Grammys.
Donatella is also a patron of Elton John’s AIDS foundation and a supporter of new fashion talent, launching the Central Saint Martins 20:20 Fashion Fund and, last September, creating the Gianni Versace Scholarship.
“For 40 years my brother and I have done what we love and that is a legacy I am honored to continue and uphold,” Versace said in a press release. “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. [Gianni’s] incredible spirit is in everything we do and everything we stand for.”