...his critics reviewed the see-through white beaded dress he designed for Victoria Beckham for the Met's annual Costume Institute Gala AND when the Italian government established a transparency effort to combat tax evasion. According to The New York Times, the government published on its Web site a list of the 40 million Italians who paid taxes in 2005. The “tell-all data” was soon removed due to protests, but - unfortunately for the designer - not before revealing him as one of the highest-tax-paying citizens.
He told the Times he didn’t have personal qualms with such exposure. However, he did have professional reasons for objecting to the publishing of tax return info that could clue in employees to their peers’ salaries and bonuses. He explained that that kind of info remains confidential for a reason.
Oh Italy, best to stick to pasta, porn stars, and Versace's.
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