House of Gucci [Film Tie-in]: A Sensational Story of Murder

House of Gucci [Film Tie-in] by Sara Gay Forden

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE from director Ridley Scott, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.

The sensational true story of murder, madness, glamour, and greed that shook the Gucci dynasty, now fully updated with a new afterword.

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.


“This gripping book about the empire and murder of Maurizio Gucci … reveals the ugly truth behind fashion’s most fabulous family.” –Glamour

“A business book you will zip through like a novel. … Forden has whipped up a mixture of family drama and high finance into a tasty and complex narrative.” –The Economist, ‘A Best Book of the Year’

Racy, fast-paced. … Reads like a movie script. … Hard to put down. … Forden gets that famous Gucci bar-and-bit between her teeth -and gallops along.” –International Herald Tribune

“A penetrating chronicle of the rise and fall of a family business. … Even by the Borgia-like standards of the fashion industry, the operatic Guccis were special. Not content with the usual familial stew of love, jealousy and greed, they added tax evasion, bigamy and, yes, murder to the mix.” –Wall Street Journal

Riveting reading.” –Cosmopolitan

A riveting account of the talent and creative chaos that built one of the world’s great luxury-goods empires–and the egotism, bitter family conflict, and incompetence that nearly destroyed it.” –Bloomberg

“Fashion has never been so dramatic-and dangerous. The saga of three generations of the Gucci family opens with an execution-style murder in Milan and penetrates the world of one of the hottest fashion labels of our time. Fashion insider Sara Forden spins the tale of how a bunch of greedy, bickering Guccis lost control of the empire that made GG synonymous with loafers.” -Teri Agins, author of The End of Fashion

Glamour, greed, sex, style, and very, very good leather goods — what more can you ask for (besides a 30 percent discount)?” -Michael Gross, bestselling author of Model and 740 Park

About the Author: Sara Gay Forden is currently Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications in Milan. She writes for many of Fairchild’s publications, including Women’s Wear Daily and W. She has broken many Italian fashion industry stories over the years, and has lived and worked in Milan for the past 10 years with her Italian husband and young daughter. She attended every day of the world famous Maurizio Gucci murder trial.

01 Dec 2021

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Paperback / softback


True crime

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

01 Dec 2021

House of Gucci [Film Tie-in]: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden ISBN 9781460761090

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