March 24, 2023

Jennifer Lopez Tells the Story of the Green Versace Dress

Almost 20 years later, people can’t stop talking about Jennifer Lopez’s look at the 2000 GRAMMY Awards.

To mark the 20th anniversary of “The Dress,” Jennifer Lopez flew to Milan to walk Versace’s Spring 2020 runway in a replica of her original look. The internet went wild for J.Lo’s sultry look and fierceness as she strut her stuff down the runway in a new version of the gown that cemented her into fashion history.

While the “If You Had My Love” singer put the dress, and herself, on the map, she wasn’t the first celebrity to wear it. Donatella Versace debuted the dress on October 1, 1999 during her spring-summer runway show at Milan Fashion Week. The silk and chiffon frock was shown off on the catwalk by model Amber Valletta.

A couple months later, in Dec. of 1999, Donatella, herself, donned the creation at the Rock Style Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Then just one month before Lopez wowed the world with her red carpet appearance, Geri Halliwell wore the dress to the NRJ Music Awards in January 2000 in France.

However, the Spice Girl did not receive the same attention that the Selena star would. On Feb. 23, 2000, Lopez attended the GRAMMYs when her song, “Waiting for Tonight,” was nominated in the Best Dance Recording category. While she didn’t win, she and her Versace jungle print dress were the talk of the town.

Lopez’s risqué GRAMMYs look also made history, as it was later revealed that because of that dress, Google images was created. Now, 20 years since Donatella first showed off the tropical green print for her collection, the designer reprised it with Lopez’s help. See her hit the catwalk and reflect on 20 years as a Versace inspiration below.