May 31, 2012

Donatella Versace, invited at the Oxford Union

Oxford is one of the best universities in the world that gave many of the businessmen of the world. The prestigious university has a tradition in inviting successful people to debate on different subjects, in order to give students examples of ways to succeed in life.

Because many of the world’s richest people are part of the fashion industry, the topic has become an area of interest for the students from Oxford. This explains Donatella Versace’s presence as a speaker at the Oxford Union, yesterday. She was interviewed by the journalist Tim Blanks, with whom she discussed about the business she runs, about Versace’s style, as well as about the importance of family and feminism.

Donatella spoke in front of over 300 students and declared she was excited and honored to be there. She said that fashion is her life, because she loves “to give people pleasure + strength”. Donatella said she’d like to dress the Queen, because “ she can handle anything – maybe in black with a little leather, a little rock ‘n’ roll”.

The Versace owner is not the first woman in the fashion industry invited to the Oxford Union. Anna Wintour was a speaker in 2008, when she talked about her career in media and fashion, but also about the charity work she does.

During time, many personalities were invited to talk to the students, beginning with presidents (Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter), and continuing with scientists (Albert Einstein), artists (Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Katie Melua) or actors (Ben Affleck, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Natalie Portman).