Donatella Versace was born in Reggio, Calabria, in Italy.
While completing her degree in languages at the University of Florence, she started assisting her brother Gianni in his work by supervising the photographic campaigns that contributed so greatly to the unique advertising style of Versace.
As Gianni Versace’s right hand, Donatella became and integral part of the business. She started with the design of accessories, and went on to create a children’s line. Young, Versace, in 1993. In 1994, she became Head Designer for Versus, a brand aimed at younger fashion enthusiasts.
Donatella is today owner of 20% of Gianni Versace S.p.A and holds the position of Creative Director and Vice President of the board.
She has two children, Allegra  and Daniel . Allerga is owner of 50% of Gianni Versace S.p.A.