When you hear the term that dress, a few major fashion moments undoubtedly ping to the front of your minds: Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 custom-made black column gown from Hubert de Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Liz Hurley’s raunchy safety-pinned Versace number enabling Hugh Grant a cool-factor for the Four Weddings and A Funeral premiere in 1994, Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress spawning a thousand copies and Geri Halliwell’s makeshift union jacket mini for the Spice Girls '97 Brit Awards performance. And then there’s Jennifer Lopez in the most THAT of that dresses: the jungle-print Versace slashed-to-oblivion gown for her show-stopping entrance to the Grammys in 2000. Such abs! Such bravery!
Many of these killer pieces go back to designers as they are lent out for one night only, some wing their way onto the mannequins of major exhibitions, but some lucky ladies get to keep their seminal sartorial moments at home (and some, like our Liz, get to see them re-worn by Lady Gaga). Jennifer Lopez has revealed in a cover interview with Harpers Bazaar US this month that hers is kept in a rather unlikely place (albeit fittingly glamorous for the diva singer/dancer/actress/hot mama) – in her home spa. Natch!
‘The other day, my housekeeper put it on a mannequin in my spa, where I get my hair and makeup done.’ J-Lo told the magazine, ‘She sent me a picture. She was like, “You like this dress?” Um, yeah, but I don't know if I like it out in the house!’ Mannequin? Home Spa? Hair and makeup? A housekeeper/part-time interiors stylist? So far, so Lopez. And despite the fact that this memorable maxi is part of her Puff Daddy/P Diddy/whatever phase, Jennifer’s latest beau, Casper Smart was surprised by her reaction, ‘But it's famous! It's the most famous dress you've ever worn.’ No wonder Donatella Versace named it as one of her all-time red carpet moments.