The brand Gucci is probably known worldwide as being synonymous with luxury and exclusivity. The name itself seems to open doors into another world – one that is extravagant and notorious, enabling any individual to feel grand and inspired. The influence of Gucci reverberates even out of the fashion industry. It is an entity in business, finance, literature, television, and film, and it is this very impact that has drawn Hollywood into producing a big-budget picture about Gucci, to be helmed by none other than legendary director Ridley Scott. House of Gucci is set to release in late 2021. Roberto Bentivegna penned the screenplay for the film, based on the book House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Forden. The upcoming movie stars Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as her late husband Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.
What is it about this story that attracted high-profile names and a highly-exclusive set? The lives of Patrizia and Maurizio are no strangers to the spotlight. They had been married for 12 years before he left her for a younger woman in 1985. Just a decade later, Patrizia had allegedly hired a hitman to shoot her husband in the foyer of the Gucci headquarters in Milan. It was known that she had enlisted the help of her confidante, a self-declared witch named Auriemma, who then approached a doorman at a hotel near Gucci’s office building and asked him to make arrangements for the hit. Patrizia Reggiani was sentenced to 26 long years in Milan’s San Vittore prison for her role as the mastermind. Her diary was among the evidence presented in court, and on the day Maurizio was shot, just one word was written down – “Paradeisos” or the Greek word for paradise. She has long since denied her involvement with the murder, but admitted that she did dream of getting someone to kill her ex-husband.
Patrizia Reggiani began a work release program in 2014, after serving 16 years in prison. She was able to work part-time as a stylist at the jewelry firm Bozart. Yet she has never fully stepped out of the spotlight, even after getting back her status as a free citizen in 2017. She has faced some financial struggle, especially with regards to keeping her annual settlement from the Gucci family. In a recent interview, she did declare that she wished her notoriety would fade, and that she was dismayed upon learning about the upcoming movie adaptation. “I have two daughters”, she stated, “and I don’t like that they relive their father’s situation.”
Be that as it may, it doesn’t seem as if the buzz surrounding this crime of fashion will fade anytime soon. The press has just been building up around the film, and more people are just becoming more intrigued about everything Gucci.
By Sophie Jocson