It was the dress that launched a million image searches. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, some musicians performed, a couple of people got awards, there were probably a few Y2K jokes, but the only thing anyone remembers is Jennifer Lopez in that green Versace dress. You know which one.
Lopez stole the show early on, walking the red carpet with then-boyfriend Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs in the plunging tropical print dress.
She later took the stage and presented alongside actor David Duchovny, who said, “This is the first time in five or six years that I’m sure that nobody is looking at me.” Duchovny could have been on fire and we still would have been looking at JLo.
Shockingly, JLo wasn’t the first person to wear the now famous Versace dress. The dress had first been worn in Milan on the runway by model Amber Valletta at the spring 2000 Versace show. Donatella Versace herself wore the gown to the 1999 Met Gaga, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell appeared at the NRJ Music Awards in France earlier in 2000 in the gown.
In her new YouTube series Moments of Fashion, Lopez reveals that her stylist Andrea Lieberman was against her wearing the dress because it had already been worn three times. But with Lopez busy filming Maid In Manhattan and not leaving enough time for fittings, the options of what to wear to the Grammys were limited.
“Usually if you come to a fitting of mine, there’s, like, tons of dresses,” says Lopez. “There’s always so many choices. But this day, we really had a choice between two dresses. One was kind of like a white dress, and the other was the Versace jungle-print dress.”
Lopez tried on the dress and got the seal of approval from longtime manager Benny Medina. “I put on the green dress and come out and Benny [Medina, Lopez’s longtime manager] goes, ‘That’s it. That’s it. Don’t even talk about it. That’s the dress,’” she said.
Committing the ultimate fashion sin, Lopez became the fourth woman to wear the dress, winning the ultimate ‘Who Wore It Best.’
The dress has continued to be a benchmark in pop culture fashion. South Park creator Matt Parker wore a version of the dress to the 2000 Academy Awards (co-creator Trey Stone dressed as Gwyneth Paltrow, naturally).
The dress made such an impact that Google Images was created after the internet crashed with people searching for pictures of Lopez in the gown. FYI, Lopez is still waiting for her cheque from Google.
And we’re pretty sure that Bruno Mars was thinking of the famous green dress when he wrote his 2017 hit “Versace on the Floor.”
Check out the full history of the famous Versace dress below.