J.Lo’s Iconic Versace Dress Was Googled So Much When She Wore It In 2000 Google Created ‘Google Images’
Who can forget the dress that shot Jennifer Lopez into the fashion Goddess stratosphere overnight? That miraculous jungle green, palm print gown made of chiffon, held in place by the power of Zeus. It was a lightning strike moment in February of 2000 when J.Lo appeared with Sean Combs on the red carpet of the Grammys. It was a moment that made pop culture history. The Council of Fashion Designers, CFDA, has announced that they will honor Lopez with the Fashion Icon Award on June 3rd.
Hearing the news, the Jenny from the Block singer was quick to go on youtube for a video titled “Moments in Fashion: The Versace Dress” and gush about the dress, her friendship to Luigi Massi, and to tell of the night she became a fashion icon.
Here are 20 facts you didn’t know about that amazing Versace dress.
1. Mucho Dinero
In 2000, the Versace gown would set you back $15,000 dollars. The dress was made from silk chiffon and clasped together several inches below the navel with a brooch. That brooch and under garment were covered in citrine crystals.
2. She’s Still Got It.
In a video diary she did with People magazine four year ago Lopez revealed that she still has the dress on a mannequin in her walk-in closet.
3. Her Parents Were Shocked but Supportive.
One thing you might have been wondering is what her parents were thinking when she chose that dress. On an episode of Oprah back in 2002, J.Lo and her mother gave an interview talking about mom and dad’s reaction to the dress. J.Lo’s mother was in shock but supportive. “My first impression was “Oh my God!” She told the audience. J.Lo’s father wanted her to wear something more covered up. In the end, both chose to be supportive of their daughter’s daring fashion choice.
4. Was She Going to Fall Out?
While everyone held their breath waiting for an epic wardrobe malfunction, J.Lo was totally chill. Why? Double sided tape. “I was so securely stuck into that thing,” Lopez said in her youtube video. “There was going to be no mishaps.”
5. It Stole the Show.
The moment she walked on stage with David Duchovny to present the award for Best R&B Album, the crowd stood up and applauded. A standing ovation for a dress? Yaaaaaas!
6. Fourth Time’s the Charm.
It was not the first time the dress had been worn in public. It was first worn by Donatella Versace herself, then by model Amber Valletta for its runway debut. Then it was worn by Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell a month before Lopez would wear it and make it famous.
7. And the Dress Almost Didn’t Even Happen!
J.Lo’s stylist wanted her to pass on the Versace dress. It had been worn out three times already and she wanted her to wear something new. But the dress fitting took place the day of the Grammy’s while J.Lo was filming “The Wedding Planner” and there was no time to fuss. It was literally a last minute decision.
8. Barely Any Red Carpet Time
You would think with all the photos we see of J.Lo smiling for the paparazzi that she had hours to stand around posing on the red carpet, but actually she was running late. She was the first presenter of the night so she had to rush the red carpet to meet her fellow presenter David Duchovny backstage.
9. J.Lo is Responsible for Google Images?
Eric Schmidt, President of Google said in a 2015 interview, that J.Lo’s dress was the most searched term in google’s history up to that point. The high demand drove google to create a search engine that showed photo results instead of text. It was then named Google Images.
10. Mega Downloads
The only way you could see images of J.Lo’s fabulous frock that night in 2000 was to download it directly from the Grammy website. In the 24 hours following the awards show, it was downloaded 642,917 times.
11. J.Lo Overshadowed Santana
While J.Lo didn’t win the award she was nominated for, she did win for most press coverage. The next morning she was on the cover of newspapers across the country. She said in her youtube video that she had a massive picture on the cover of the LA times and in a small box on the bottom of the page was a picture of Santana who had won 11 Grammys the night before.
12. It Saved a Fashion House.
Donatella Versace was at a turning point in her career. Gianni Versace had passed away in 1997 and Donatella was struggling to find her own voice within the fashion house. It was that moment when J.Lo made the dress infamous that the House of Versace was reborn.
13. Not Her First Fashion Award
The award she will get from the CFDA this June is just one of many awards she has received for her iconic style. In 2002, the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards named J.Lo the most influential star of the year and the award was presented to Lopez by Donatella herself.
14. The Trey Parker Parody
The following month, Trey Parker, creator of South Park and the musical The Book of Mormon, went to the Academy Awards and wore a copy of J.Lo’s dress on the red carpet. Making the dress a show stealer twice!
15. Ellen Wore It, too.
Ellen crashed J.Lo’s Las Vegas show “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” in 2017 wearing the green dress, and a busty body suit. J.Lo laughed it off, but Ellen persisted that she should be J.Lo’s understudy and began to order the people backstage around.
16. Pretty Affordable Copy
Online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing sold an almost exact copy of the dress on their online store for a mere $50 back in 2015.
17. Ebay Has You Covered
Another way to get the dress is to find a used Versace for sale on resale sites. Prices range from $2000 to $7000 dollars.
18. Deja Vu
J.Lo recreated her legendary look for a 2015 concert in her home neighborhood of the Bronx. She came out in a slightly altered bodysuit and fishnets. The pattern and the plunging neckline were still represented.
19. The Co-Designer was Luigi Massi.
Luigi Massi was Donatella Versace’s right hand man and he had a hand in tailoring many of J.Lo’s looks over the last 20 years including that palm print gown. J.Lo cried when speaking about him in her youtube video because he had passed away a few weeks ago. “He couldn’t speak English, and I couldn’t speak Italian but we always understood each other. We had such fun working together for 20 years.”
20. J.Lo Thought About Selling the Dress
In a 2000 Documentary for MTV Lopez tells the camera in a confessional moment that she was thinking of selling the dress to Planet Hollywood and giving the proceeds to charity. She then went on to say “I can’t go to sleep with my Grammy dress every night.”