Versace will appear at AIDS charity gala

Donatella Versace will present a fashion show and appear at the annual Life Ball, a charity gala dedicated to raising funds to fight AIDS.

Organizers hope to raise awareness — as well as cash — with the May 21 event at City Hall. The Life Ball, regularly attended by singer Elton John, is known for the extravagant costumes of the thousands of guests.

“We want to give the event a new look, to create new excitement,” Versace said Thursday. “We can barely wait to reach our shared goal — $1.3 million — purely in proceeds for the Life Ball 2005.”

Other designers who have presented creations at the Life Ball include Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Paco Rabanne, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino, Missoni and Gianfranco Ferre.

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