Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace opened its first boutique in Milan in 1978 - today, Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Versace designs, markets and distributes luxury clothing, accessories & home furnishings under the Versace Group. After his death in 1997, Gianni’s sister, Donatella, became creative director of the company, whilst brother Santo became CEO. Under the close supervision of Donatella, Versace's style department employs a group of designers who work in teams, with each specifically dedicated to a particular line. Versace Couture, which consists of high-end, often hand-made apparel, jewellery, watches, fragrances, cosmetics, handbags, and home furnishings, is the house's main line.