"Thank you, Gianni, With Love," performed Sunday night, was the highlight of a series of events marking the anniversary of the Italian designer's death. He was gunned down outside his Miami Beach, Fla., mansion on July 15, 1997, by Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself a few days later.
Versace's sexy and daring clothes made him a favorite among rockers, Hollywood stars and other celebrities.
Maurice Bejart, who enjoyed a long professional collaboration and close friendship with Versace, wrote the ballet. It featured stage costumes designed by Versace over the years, as well as those created for the performance by his sister, Donatella Versace.
Donatella Versace, who attended the ballet with her daughter, Allegra Beck Versace, took over design at the fashion house after her brother's death.
Other events commemorating Versace's death include an exhibit of his sketches and theater costumes installed on Milan streets and the establishment of a scholarship in his honor at the European Institute of Design in Milan.