Date Founded: 1978
Most Notable Designers: Gianni Versace (1978-1997), Donatella Versace (1997 - present)
Muses Throughout History: Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen
Most Famous Contribution To Fashion: Versace's scarf-printed pieces were ubiquitous in the '90s, and its over-the-top gold accessories are still an oft-copied styling trick.
House Drama: Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Illustrations by Gabriela Alford