Donatella Versace wants to dress Queen Elizabeth in black
Italian designer Donatella Versace has her sights set on British royalty for a fashion makeover - Queen Elizabeth II to be exact.
"The Queen can do whatever she wants, but I would dress her in black," Versace told a room of Oxford undergraduates on May 30, according to the UK Guardian. "She is rock and roll - I'm not joking! And she is the most fashionable person."
Versace's talk was part of a question and answer panel for Oxford University's debating society. The Italian also talked about her brother Gianni Versace's death, meeting the late Elizabeth Taylor and using her appearance as a type of armor.
Of Taylor, the 57-year-old designer remembered an encounter where the legendary actress asked to try on a ring Versace had received from her brother and walked away with it, later thanking her for the gift. Versace joked, "I understand why so many men wanted to marry her. She is very charming."
Of her own appearance, Donatella said that because of her looks, she is often perceived as being intimidating, which has been useful since her business partner brother's death.
86-year-old Queen Elizabeth was recently on tour for her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating the 60th anniversary of her reign over the United Kingdom. The queen assumed the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 and is the second British monarch to reach a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria did so in 1897.
Millions of people are expected to travel to London this weekend to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, which will include four-days of festivities, including a 1,000-boat parade down the River Thames and a concert with fireworks at Buckingham Palace.
Versace will not likely get her hands on Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe in time for the weekend's festivities. The Queen will most likely stick to her pastel suits with matching hats, designed by her personal assistant and Senior Designer to The Queen, Angela Kelly, who has dressed the royal since 2002.