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While out shopping with her daughter Allegra, Gershon-as-Donatella ("Gershonatella?") catches a duo of uptight-looking ladies gawking at her boldly printed dress. "It's Versace, ladies," she quips. "Why don't you go by the store—your husbands will be happy." Get it, girl!
"If I hadn't quit school to come help you, you'd be Gianni Versace, the best-dressed costumer at the opera house in Reggio Calabria!" the designer tells her brother. Burn.
Gershonatella's sound advice for her young daughter: "The right attitude and dress can make any woman feel beautiful. Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte, all of them had such confidence in their style. They understood their power. Always lead, darling, never follow!" Truer words were never spoken.
If Versace designed ballet costumes, they might look something like Allegra's crazy-colorful recital number.
My personal favorite scenes from HoV? Every single one in which Gershonatella wears these harlequin-patterned pants. Every. Single. One.
Gershonatella could teach us all a little something about making a dramatic entrance.
Quite possibly the most dramatic fainting spell ever captured onscreen. I think I rewound and watched those 10 seconds no fewer than six times.
In one of the movie's more harrowing sequences, Gershonatella recalls the moment a post-divorce Princess Diana wore a blue Versace gown to an event and "danced all night in it." The drunken designer then attempts to recreate Princess Di's dance moves—and promptly smashes her champagne glass into a low-hanging chandelier, bringing new meaning to the phrase "the ceiling can't hold us."

Gershonatella, eyeing a factory sample: "It's got to have a split up the thigh. And I want it in black and persimmon and canary yellow."

Seamstress: "Are you sure?"

Gershonatella: "Did I stutter?"

"If you want to put me on a leash, it better be diamond-studded or you can kiss my ass!" Gershonatella's retort to the suggestion that she rein in her spending habits—and insane behavior—lest she lose control of her company.
"I was always crazy, even before the drugs!" exclaims Gershonatella upon returning to work post-rehab.