Jennifer Lopez had to convince her stylist to let her wear her now-iconic Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards.
The superstar, who modelled a reimagined version of the dress at Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show last month, attracted huge media coverage when she stepped out at the music event alongside then-boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the ensemble, which was made from silk chiffon and featured a plunging neckline.
But in a new video for Vogue.com, Jennifer recalled how her stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, said she couldn’t sport the gown.
“(On the day of the Grammys) there was two or three dresses… and then when I tried on the green one and I came out, everyone was there… glam and everybody… and they were like, ‘That’s the dress! That is the dress, that is what you are wearing. Let’s go,'” she remembered. “And then Andrea, my stylist was like, ‘You can’t wear that one,’ and I was like, ‘Why did you bring it then?'”
Jennifer went on to explain that Andrea had some reservations about the gown because designer Donatella Versace had already worn it to an event, as had Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell.
Yet, as soon as the I’m Real hitmaker made her entrance on the red carpet, she knew she had made the right decision.
“There was a little buzz in the air, people started yelling and screaming…. There was something extra about it,” the 50-year-old mused, before adding that she can’t believe how one dress altered her entire life.
“Donatella and I talk about it sometimes and we just usually mention it as The Dress… In terms of my career, this dress really marked a moment in time, if you don’t know my music and you don’t know my movies, people know about that moment and that dress. That was it.”
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