Did you know that the Green Versace dress that Jennifer Lopez wore the that years Grammy's has its own Wikipedia page? That is when you know a dress is famous!In her newly released "I luh Ya PaPi" video she has revived it (sort of).
The dress was worm on the catwalk by Amber Valletta and Steven Meisel photoed it on Amber for that years ad campaign for Versace. It cost $15,000 to buy at the time. When Jennifer wore it while on the arm of then boyfriend Sean Diddy Combs, it immediately cause a world-wide sensation and she instantly became a household name overnight. She presented the best R & B album along with actor David Duchovny that evening and David said while on stage, "this is the first time in five or six years that I'm sure that nobody is looking at me."
Lopez said of it in an interview: "It was a nice dress. I had no idea it was going to become such a big deal."
Later Donatella called it the turning point in her own career, saying it gave her the media attention she needed after the death of her brother Gianni Versace and her taking over the helm of the atelier. She said, "It was an unexpected success. The next day she [Jennifer Lopez] was everywhere and people were talking about her in that dress. It was one of those moments like the one that Gianni [Versace] had with Elizabeth Hurley and clothes-pins."
So it is with great interest that we see a newly created jumpsuit version, that we can only imagine is a custom piece from Versace, make a prominent appearance in her new video. In fact, the whole video is like an updated and tweaked nod to all of her looks through the years. I call a hit. And I highly approve of the objectification of men if this is the result. Just saying.
And can I just say that she looks as good now as she did then? It is actually startling to look back and see how fabulous she still looks. I am a huge fan and I would probably give my right arm to get my hands on that dress. The value of its twin would be double or more the original value and if you actually got your hands onto the one she wore - well the figure it would sell for would be staggering. I know for fact its in her archives. Anyone from the block want to hook me up?
Jennifer Lopez at the Grammys, 2000.
(L) Amber Valletta for Versace. (R) Donnatella Versace at the Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999.