While I find these questions and comments quite amusing since the designer of the costumes was the one who told me that the fabric is Versace, and you are free to believe it or not, I just put it on my blog as "ah buy it ah sell it"; I never paid any attention to proving whether it might be true or not.
Imagine due to the several emails I got in response to this topic I am now looking online to see if it is true, does Versace make fabric and how expensive it is if they do? First off I found a website selling Versace wool that was manufactured in Italy according to this website and bears the Versace stamp:
These are the details of the fabric:
Product Name: Versace Wool Fabric
Brand Name: Gianni Versace
Model No.: 003
Product Origin: Italy
Payment Terms: T/T
Minimum Order: all 7.6 meters
Category: Textiles & Leather Products > Wool Fabrics
Packaging: by courier only.Additional charges applied.
I also came upon an online Fabric Store called D'Italia which according to their website sells Versace fabric in addition to several other designer brands:
With fabric ranging from classy casual to very formal, d’Italia offers an impressive variety of the most unique, unusual and exclusive designer fabric imported from Italian and French manufacturers who create for the top fashion houses of Europe. Labels regularly in store include Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Escada, Chanel, Balenciaga, Pucci, Max Mara, Valentino, Cerruti, Versace, Cavalli, and Jil Sander.
Q: Where does d’Italia source its fabric from?
All our stock is imported from Italy and France only, as we believe that these sources are superior in their manufacture of the finest quality fabric. We purchase from the most reputable manufacturers in Italy and France who create only genuine top-quality fabric. These same sources manufacture for the top European designer fashion houses – including the likes of Gucci, Armani, Versace, Balenciaga, Prada, Dolce Gabbana, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli, Escada, Valentino and Chanel… As such, d’Italia’s stock includes these labels at all times.
This whole debate has been rather educational, at least no one can say Versace fabric does not exist, however it is left to you, the paying masquerader to believe if this fabric was indeed used in the design of TRIBE's costumes. As for me I will keep my comments on this whole issue to myself because ultimately the choice of a costume is my decision and no one is paying for it but me. At the end of the day which ever costume I choose it will be based on more than the label on the fabric or what type of beads and crystals were used to decorate it; as long as my budget can afford it they can drape me in Swarvoski and Verscace or Jimmy Aboud textiles and rhinestones for all I care!