Fashion / March 10, 2021

The freakout on social media today is by Lady Gaga. The artist dropped a photo of her and Adam Driver as they take up the roles of Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci, respectively, for House of Gucci. 

The movie is based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sarah Gay Foden. The summary is as follows:

On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, was slain by an unknown gunman as he approached his Milan office. In 1998, his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli–nicknamed “The Black Widow” by the press–was sentenced to 29 years in prison, for arranging his murder. 

Did Patrizia murder her ex-husband because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn’t do it at all?

The Gucci story is one of glitz, glamour, intrigue, the rise, near fall and subsequent resurgence of a fashion dynasty. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and widely acclaimed, The House of Gucci will captivate readers with its page-turning account of high fashion, high finance, and heart-rending personal tragedy.

Maurizio and Patrizia

In 1995, Reggiani was tried and convicted for the assassination of ex-husband Maurizio, grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of legendary fashion brand.

Reggiani hired a hitman to do the job. In 2016, Reggiani was released after serving 18 years in prison, due to good behavior.

House of Gucci will premiere on Netflix in November. It’s directed by Ridley Scott and also stars Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, and Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci.