Prince’s vaults are said to contain hundreds of hours of unreleased music, but some unheard instrumentals managed to slip out of Paisley Park after debuting at Versace’s menswear presentation at Milan Fashion Week.
In an interview with Billboard, fashion designer Donatella Versace, who considered Prince one of her closest friends, revealed that Prince had been sending her never-before-heard music for years before she paid tribute to the singer by featuring it in her most recent runway show.
“Prince was always writing and recording, even if it was just a late-night jam at Paisley Park,” Versace said. “He had been sending me songs for years – it was his way of communicating. Just hearing his voice again makes me smile.” The designer also said that Prince had sent her new music as recently as five months before his April 21st death.
“It was a privilege and an honor to have Prince as my friend, and so it was my privilege to be able to share them with the audience,” Versace said of the unreleased music. “I wanted people to hear how playful he was, how joyous, how creative, how pure a genius. The biggest tribute you can pay to him is to play his music, and to keep his memory alive.”
Versace’s runway mix might not be the only new Prince music fans here in the coming months: The two people tasked with handling the artist’s entertainment assets, Charles Koppelman and Prince’s longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan, told Page Six that the vaults could soon start sharing its fruits in the near-future.
“We’re going to be having a good time,” Koppelman said. “There is so much to be done with this estate. There are vaults full of music.”