The world of the Italian designer Gianni Versace is reflected in the Medusa- head symbol, that is ornamented in a typically Greek fashion.
The choice was made deliberately. Medusa does not only epitomise beauty - Greek art and philosophy, however, attributed also a fatal fascination to her. Her beauty is of a kind that is spell binding and confusing.
In Greek mythology Medusa is one of the three Gorgons. Originally a beautiful virgin, she was turned into a horrific sight by the goddess Athene - serpents instead of hair, teeth like a wild boar and lolling tongue – because she had desecrated Athene’s temple by making love to Poseidon there.
|Benvenuto Cellini, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, 1545, Piazza della Signoria, Florence|