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Lady Gaga dons a white robe and black heels as she films scenes for House of Gucci in Milan

She is taking a starring role in Ridley Scott’s autobiographical drama about the 1995 assassination of Italian businessman Maurizio Gucci by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.

And Lady Gaga looked in character as Reggiani she was seen on the set of her upcoming film House of Gucci in Milan, Italy on Monday. 

The pop star, 34, donned a white robe as she walked with a crew member in the evening following the shoot.

Glamorous: Lady Gaga looked in character as Patrizia Reggiani she was seen on the set of her upcoming film House of Gucci in Milan, Italy on Monday

Gaga added height to her frame with a pair of black heels while her brunette locks were styled in an old-fashioned hair do. 

The former American Horror Story star also wore a dark top while she added glamour to her look with a smokey eye.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, is starring alongside Adam Driver, who takes the lead in Scott’s latest project as the late Gucci fashion house creator, and Camille Cottin – cast as his love interest Paola Franchi.

The film, which documents Reggiani’s plot to murder her ex-husband, is based on the novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by author Sara Gay Forden. 

Production: The pop star, 34, donned a white robe as she walked with a crew member in the evening following the shoot

Production: The pop star, 34, donned a white robe as she walked with a crew member in the evening following the shoot

Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire, in 1995.

He had left her for another woman 10 years previously after telling her he was going on a short business trip.

She was also said to be furious her former husband had started seeing other women, and feared her daughters’ $170million inheritance was at risk if he remarried before ordering the hit.

She also wanted more than the $650,000 she had been offered in a divorce settlement, the court heard.

Resentment: Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire

Resentment: Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the ‘Black Widow’, was found guilty of paying a hit man €300,000 (£240,000) to murder 46–year–old Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the fashion empire

Reggiani eventually hired hitman Benedetto Ceraulo, a debt-ridden pizzeria owner who shot Gucci dead on the steps of his office in Milan as he arrived for work. Ceraulo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

She was convicted after her clairvoyant and confidante Pina Auriemma turned informer and told police about the plot.

During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories.

The court heard how she had ordered the murder of her husband after he offered her $650,000 in a divorce settlement.

Outrage: Reggiani (pictured) was reportedly furious that Gucci had started seeing other women and was frustrated with how he managed his $170million fortune

Outrage: Reggiani (pictured) was reportedly furious that Gucci had started seeing other women and was frustrated with how he managed his $170million fortune 

She was initially sentenced to 29 years in 1998, which was reduced to 26 on appeal. She served 18 – with her pet ferret Bambi as a companion for some of the time – before being released in October 2014.

Well-known for her luxury lifestyle, Reggiani once said: ‘I’d rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle’ and turned down the offer of day release while in prison because it would have meant doing ‘menial’ work.

In 2017 a court ruled Reggiani was entitled to receive £900,000 a year from her ex-husband’s fortune.

High profile: During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories. She was sentenced in 1998 (pictured)

High profile: During the murder trial, which transfixed Italy, Reggiani arrived each day wearing head-to-toe Gucci clothes and accessories. She was sentenced in 1998 (pictured)

Maurizio Gucci was the grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the fashion company made famous with its double G logo.

In the early 1990s it was hit by problems and he sold the label for $120 million, just two years before his death.

The new film is scheduled to go on general release from November 24th 2021.

The Gucci empire 

The fashion empire of Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, a Florentine leather merchant whose business of selling leather travel bags prospered after the Depression and World War Two.

Guccio’s son Aldo expanded the business into Paris, New York and Tokyo as the ‘twin Gs’ of the family name became a worldwide fashion icon.

By 1974, the Gucci empire numbered 14 stores and 46 franchised boutiques around the world.

At around the same time, celebrities like Jackie Kennedy were helping establish Gucci as the world’s leading fashion brand by embracing its products.

Maurizio Gucci, Guccio’s grandson and Aldo’s nephew, took control of the company from the board of directors after Aldo, who was sent to prison for tax evasion in 1986 aged 81.

However, Maurizio would be the last member of the family to head the Gucci business.

By 1989, nearly 50 per cent of the business had been bought out by Investcorp, a group of investment bankers angling for shares of the business.

In 1993, Maurizio sold his holding for $170m to a Bahrain-based investment company.


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