The House of Gucci [Movie Tie-in]: A True Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed - book cover
Leaders & Notable People
  • Publisher : Custom House; Media tie-in edition
  • Published : 26 Oct 2021
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN-10 : 0063159988
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063159983
  • Language : English

The House of Gucci [Movie Tie-in]: A True Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed

NOW 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 the morning of March 27, 1995, four quick shots cracked through Milan's elegant streets. Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, had been ambushed, slain on the steps to his office by an unknown gunman. Two years later, Milan's chief of police entered the sumptuous palazzo of Maurizio's ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani-nicknamed "the Black Widow" by the press-and arrested her for the murder.

Did Patrizia kill her ex-husband because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because he was preparing to marry his mistress? Or is it possible Patrizia didn't do it at all?

The Gucci story is one of glitz, glamour, and intrigue-a chronicle of the rise, near fall, and subsequent resurgence of a fashion dynasty. Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and widely acclaimed, The House of Gucci is a page-turning account of high fashion, high finance, and heartrending personal tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Readers Top Reviews

The parts in between the meat of the story are boring, long winded, and VERY poorly written; the author somehow seems to have no voice. The editing is atrocious — as in, sometimes pronouns and verbs like is/are don’t agree, which is painful to read. I know I’ll like the movie better, and I won’t read another book by this author.
Joan C. Tortorelli
I recommend the story of the Gucci family to anyone who enjoys a biography of famous families. The book is well written, detailed and educational on European patents and court.the story includes tragedies and family problems for those interested in mystery plots. Its all there in one book. The movie version with Lady Gaga playing Lady Gucci will be a movie I want to see.
Extremely detailed and yet often confusing. I knew nothing about the high end fashion world of Italy and France. Now that I know more I can only shake my head in disgust, horror, amazement, and disbelief. How can a world of such beauty and elegance be so monumentally ugly?
MaryAnn P. Giola
This story is very detailed about family that wants to continue, in different ways, to keep a brand name going. The author did a lot of research and did a great job. I loved this book and can’t wait for the movie with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. It’s surprising how much can happen in one family. You never know what happens behind closed doors!
Suzanne Stamper
It was a very well written, well researched book on the history of Gucci. A bit more complex when talking about take overs, mergers, and legal issues , but exploring the history and the ultimate death of one of its namesake is fascinating. A real life rich and famous profile.