Tina Turner’s Versace tour dress to get NFT treatment at Art Basel – Page Six


November 26, 2021 | 3:07pm

One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic tour costumes will get the NFT treatment at Miami’s Art Basel — and it’s couture.

Tina Turner’s famous Versace dress she donned on tour in the ’90s is becoming an NFT, thanks to her former stylist Wayne Scot Lukas.

Lukas created the top and skirt combo covered in Swarovski crystals with the late Gianni Versace. NFT company ViciNFT will auction it at NFT BZL during Miami Art Week, starting November 30.

The NFT will also include 111 images of supermodel and Donald Trump’s ex Kara Young modeling the dress, original sketches and notes from Lukas and Versace, and a chapter from Lukas’ upcoming memoir about the origins of the dress, titled “Simply the Test.”

Kara Young wearing a Versace dress
Kara Young is the first person to wear Turner’s famous dress in 29 years, according to former stylist Wayne Scot Lukas.
Nick D’Orazio

“Tina wasn’t going to wear the dress because it arrived to opening night of her show in Paris so late. It needed a police escort to get to the venue,” Lukas told Page Six.

“I fell on my knees and cried. When she’s coming out of the floor [of the stage] and she’s in the dress singing her opening number with 69,000 fans singing ‘Simply the Best’ in French accents, I felt like I finally made it,” he added.

Lukas previously told Page Six he loathed Donatella Versace for taking full credit for the dress, when he was the one who designed it and convinced Turner to wear it.

“Tina hated Versace! She was all about Armani,” he said.

In fact, he added that the singer was so turned off by Versace that it even caused a little rift between her and Elton John.

“She fought with Elton John because — at [VH1’s] “Divas Live” — she told him, ‘Versace makes him look fat,’ or heavy, or something like that. ‘You need tailored clothes by Georgio Armani,’” Lukas said.

Part of the sale from the NFT will go to Christy Turlington Burns’ Every Mother Counts charity and Action Against Hunger, a charity Young supports.

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