GIANNI VERSACE was born in 1946 in Italy. He presented his first fashion collection in Milan in 1978. He was the winner of many fashion awards. He was also a designer of costumes for various theatrical presentations, including those of Robert Wilson, Maurice Bejart, Roland Petit, Twyla Tharp, and several opera and ballet companies around the world. Versace was murdered in Miami in 1997. His work was the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year.
RICHARD AVEDON was born in 1923 in New York City. He was the senior fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar between 1945 and 1966, when he moved to Vogue magazine. He is probably the most celebrated fashion photographer in history. He has published eight books, including two from Random House: An Autobiography in 1993 and Evidence in 1994.