The Ultimate Versace Quiz
How well do you know Italy’s jet-setting fashion label beloved by Hollywood celebrities, international DJs, fashionistas and Starbucks-loving moms looking for a little flash in their wardrobe? The Versace name is more famous now than ever thanks to the social-media savvy and design brilliance of Donatella Versace. She’s built a loyal following with a new generation who engages regularly with her on Tik Tok, Instagram TV and Facebook – thanks to hilarious clips and practical fashion tips from the designer.
You may not know this, but Donatella’s fragrances have quietly entered the top five ranking around the world thanks to the global bestselling Bright Crystal, Eros and now Dylan Turquoise.
“What I love most about fashion is that it is always evolving,” she told Vogue magazine. It’s the same with fragrance. She works with the top perfumers always searching for innovative new ingredients, sustainable packaging and unique design.
Test your knowledge of all things Versace in our special Scent Lodge Ultimate Versace Quiz:
1 What is Donatella Versace’s middle name?
2 Donatella chose a remote island off the coast of this famous Mediterranean island for the location of her Dylan Turquoise ad campaign shoot. What is the name of it?
3 What is Donatella’s favourite flower?
4 In what year did Ms Versace take over the design and operational duties of the Versace label?
5 Who convinced Donatella to dye her hair platinum blonde at the age of 11?
6 What famous British museum staged a special exhibit of Donatella and Gianni’s most famous clothing looks in 2002?
7 At what award’s show did Jennifer Lopez wear the famous ‘jungle-dress’, a low-cut green tropical print dress that plunged at the front and back. It made the cover of newspapers and digital sites around the world.
8. Name four other items that Donatella Versace designs besides fashion and fragrance?
9 List four ingredients in the new Versace pour femme Dylan Turquoise fragrance.
10 Who is the famous model chosen to be the face of the new Dylan Turquoise?
11 What three things does the designer say the Versace brand stands for?
12 Name five celebrities that Donatella has cast in Versace ad campaigns
13 What famous singer called an intervention with her family and booked her into a rehab centre where she beat her substance addiction?
14 Who played Donatella to hilarious effect on Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s?
15 Name two films that mention Versace
16 What pop star wrote and recorded a top-charting song called “Donatella”?
17 Under which astrological sign was Donatella born?
18 What sport did Donatella enjoy after completing the video shoot for Dylan Turquoise?
19 What lasting trend in fashion is Donatella credited with creating?
20 Name the fragrance inspired by the diamond ring Gianni presented to Donatella shortly before his death?
21 What language would Donatella most like to learn?
22 What is her all-time favourite film?
23 How many fragrances does Donatella like to mix at one time?
24 How many times a week does the designer work out?
25 What personality would she most like to have coffee with?
26 What does she say is her greatest achievement?
27 What fashion trend did she tell Vogue that she wishes will never, ever return?
28 What famous fashion designer did Gianni share a train compartment with each week on his way to a freelance design job at a factory in Italy?
29 What is the proper pronunciation of Versace?
30: When will we see Donatella publish an autobiography?
1 Francesca. Her full name is Donatella Francesca Versace. Born May 2, 1955
3 Jasmine sambac. She tries to incorporate the note into each of her women’s fragrances. In fact, you will often find bouquets in her home incorporating the exotic white flower.
4 1997. Gianni, her brother, was shot on the steps to his Miami mansion Casa Casuarina by Andrew Cunanan. The story was turned into an FX mini-series called The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story starring that scored huge ratings on its debut January 17, 2018. The series starred Edgar Ramirez, Darren Cris, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz.
5 Gianni. He was such a big fan of Italian singer Patty Pravo that he convinced his younger sister to copy her look.
6 London’s Victoria and Albert Museum
7 The 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000. Lopez famously wore the same dress twenty years later at the same awards show and to conclude the Versace Spring 2020 ready-to-wear fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. The image of Jennifer in the dress was downloaded 600,000 times in 24 hours on Google Images.
8 She designed the Palazzo Versace Australia resort on the Gold Coast in Australia and oversaw the creation of Palazzo Versace Dubai in 2016. She’s designed a Mini Cooper and created a luxury helicopter compete with the Greek key motif and medusa emblem.
9 jasmine, lemon, mandarin, pink pepper, guava, freesia, cassis, clearwood, musk and cedar
10 Hailey Bieber. She’s the wife of Canadian pop star Justin and niece of actor Alec Baldwin
11 Beauty, sex and glamour
12 Donatella has a keen eye for enlisting the right celebrity models for Versace campaigns. She’s worked with Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Lil’ Kim, Courtney Love, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Demi Moore, Jonathan Rhys, Lady Gaga, Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber.
13 Elton John. The singer writes in his biography of how he became more and more concerned about her substance abuse having battled with addiction himself. He booked her into a top rehab centre and flew her by private plane that evening. She completed the program and beat her addiction. She remains a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation to this day.
14 Maya Rudolph
15 The Devil Wears Prada and Zoolander where she made a cameo.
16 Lady Gaga. She included it on her 2013 Artpop release. Bruno Mars followed this up in 2017 with “Versace On The Floor”. The designer courts up-and-coming musicians and singers by inviting them to her fashion shows, sending clothing and inviting them to private dinners. She has a whole team that is searching the globe for the next big pop star.
17 Astrological sign: Taurus, the bull. Those born under Taurus are described as curious and self-indulgent. They are considered the anchors of the zodiac and make amazing friends, colleagues and partners who value honesty above all else. They can be stubborn. “I describe myself as a warm person and very loyal.”
18 After the video & photo shot, Donatella went kayaking with her bodyguard in the clear azure blue waters. She wore a sexy bikini as revealed in the UK’s Daily Mail.
19 Donatella is the brainchild behind the supermodel craze for the 1980s and 90s. She courted the top models and flew them first class to Milan where she wined and dined them while putting them up in luxury hotels. She offered them Versace fashion and accessories and treated them like A-List Hollywood celebrities. This enraged rival Giorgio Armani who claimed this put the model rates up to stratospheric levels. She says her all-time favourite fashion show took place in 1991 with all the supermodels singing George Michael’s song “Freedom” on the catwalk.
20 Yellow Diamond. The ring was said to represent love.
22 The Shape of Water
23 “I wear at least four fragrances at one time. I mix them,” she says
24. Seven. She’s worked out daily for the past 18 years – even if it is just for five minutes.
25 Michelle Obama
26 her children
28 Karl Lagerfeld. Both designers made it big in fashion under their own names, they worked as freelance designers at factories in Italy. Karl and Gianni would take the same train Monday and Friday to factories in Italy.
29 According to Donatella, the name is pronounced “ver-sa-shay” not “ver-sa-chee”.
30 Never “I will never write an autobiography. I like to keep my personal experiences private,” she says.
Donatella’s latest fragrance, Versace pour femme Dylan Turquoise may be her best one yet. Working with perfumer Sophie Labbé, she developed a light, fresh scent with Italian citrus, juicy guava, white flowers and smooth woods.
Brand: Versace Pour Femme Dylan Turquoise
Romance: This fresh and light fruity-floral scent for women blends notes of Primofiore lemon, Italian mandarin from Sicily with jasmine petals & freesia. But it is the juicy guava notes that wrap around the white flowers and woods that gives it a fresh, delicious character. Donatella Versace describes it as an escape to faraway islands where the blue sky meets crystal waters. It’s a fragrance blended to remind you of warm sun and summer days.
Ingredients: Primofiore lemon, Italian mandarin, pink peppercorn, guava juice, jasmine petals, freesia, vibrant woods, white musk & Clearwood.
30: Congratulations. With this score, you are definitely an honorary member of the Versace family.
20 to 29: Excellent work. You clearly know your Versace history.
10 to 19: Nice try. You do know some info about this iconic fashion label.
Less than 9: Good effort. Hopefully our quiz taught you some interesting facts about this famous Italian brand.