Versace: The Naked & The Dressed
20 Years of Versace by Avedon
Random House, 196 pages, 1998

Okay, so there are a few words in this giant coffee table book — but very few and they are only credits. It is exactly the way a book reflecting on the distinct advertising images created by Richard Avedon for Gianni Versace. Covering his work in the early 1980s through his supermodel early-’90s heyday, up until his death in 1997, the book is a silent salute to the designer’s shiny, super-sexy clothes, which in the hands of a lesser photographer could have easily teetered on vulgar. But Avedon always kept it classy.

Here’s a brief look at some of the ’80s images included in the book:

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