The green dress that put both JLo & Versace on the worldwide map & launched Google Images
Jennifer Lopez wore an exotic green Versace silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on February 23, 2000. The sheer fabric was printed with a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern, and cut with a very low neckline extending well past Lopez’s navel, while the waist of the dress was studded with citrines.
This garment instantly received monstrously massive global media coverage, and has been cited as one of the most iconic dresses that made both Versace & Lopez worldwide household names. In addition, this dress was described as a defining moment in designer Donatella Versace’s career after the death of her brother Gianni Versace in July 1997. It was chosen by the fashion journalist Lisa Armstrong to represent 2000 in the Fashion Museum of Bath’s Dress of the Year collection, at which time it was described as a key example of the close relationship between fashions, celebrities and publicity. Another duplicate is displayed at The Grammy Museum while as of 2015, Lopez still owns the original gown. In 2015, 15 years since Lopez first wore it, the dress is still largely associated with her and Versace.
Before becoming famous on the red carpet of the 2000 Grammy Awards, the dress was presented on the catwalk by model Amber Valletta in November 1999 and was also featured in Versace’s main advertising campaign that year; Steven Meisel also photographed it on Valletta. Andrea Lieberman, Lopez’s stylist at the time, remarked, “Versace and Jennifer [Lopez] belonged together. It was really natural.” In 2000, the dress had a market value of about $15,000. Spice Girl Geri Halliwell wore the same dress to the NRJ Music Awards in France in January 2000, around a month before Lopez wore it; however, in doing so she failed to receive the same amount of global attention as Lopez did. The designer herself also wore it to a Met Gala on December 6, 1999.