Rachel Paige
March 07, 2018 8:48 pm

If you’ve been missing Penelope Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella Versace for the last few episodes of American Crime Story, here’s some good news for you: The latest episode of the series, “Ascent,” featured a whole lot of Cruz and her bleached blonde hair as the legendary designer. We’re now even further back in time, when Gianni Versace was still very much alive in 1993.

The place? New York City. And as for the event? We’re at Vogue Magazine’s 100th anniversary party — an event that truly cemented Donatella as a face (and, behind-the-scenes, a voice) of the fashion house.

“Ascent” opens with a blow-out fight between Donatella and her brother because he is less than impressed with the designs she is turning in. According to Gianni, they are not up to the caliber that their fashion house puts out, so he strikes a deal with his sister — why don’t they design a dress together?

Donatella is eager to help her brother out, and he drapes fabric (and belts) all over her, creating a pretty iconic dress. Then, Gianni suggests that *she* be the one to wear it out, instead of it going to a model. At first, Donatella balks at the idea, but eventually she comes around. As we see in the episode, the second Donatella takes off her coat and the photographers on the red carpet see her, they are captivated. All it takes is her wearing one stunning dress to make a name for herself in the world of fashion.

What might be even more impressive is the fact that American Crime Story seems to have recreated the real dress Donatella wore, right down to the belt buckle. Here’s the real Donatella and Gianni back in 1993:

Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images

While the one in the show is by no means identical to the actual creation, it is pretty damn close. Real question, did Penelope Cruz get to keep it after ACS wrapped, or…?

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