Why Jennifer Lopez Almost Didn’t Wear That Iconic Green Versace Dress

If you were alive in 2000, you likely remember Jennifer Lopez’s red carpet showstopper. The iconic green Versace dress that stole the Grammy’s limelight resurfaced in a more dramatic way, during Milan Fashion Week’s Versace show. It’s historic now, but there is one reason Lopez almost didn’t wear the dress.

Lopez made history with one dress

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Jennifer Lopez at the Versace show | Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The Donatella Versace dress has become synonymous with Lopez’s name. A fashion statement like that has yet to be replicated to the same degree in nearly 20 years.

Lopez acknowledges the dress was among her biggest fashion moments in history, which is why it’s hard to image her trajectory if she’d worn something else instead.

Aside from fashion, the 2001 Grammy’s were JLo’s first award show. She’d just had a big couple of years prior to the dress unveiling with the release of her first single, “If You Had My Love,” in 1999, and a string of acting and dancing gigs. JLo quickly became a household name.

During the Grammy’s, JLo presented with actor, David Duchovny, who referenced her head-turning dress. Since the dress is still referenced today, it’s definitely one for the books.

Why JLo almost didn’t wear the iconic Versace dress

“It was just one of those perfect moments,” Lopez told Vogue when reminiscing about the Versace dress reveal. But the dress didn’t suddenly manifest only for her.

Lopez’s stylist, Andrea Lieberman, offered a few choice outfits but JLo said none of them “seemed right.” She decided to wait until the day of the show to find the perfect dress.

Lieberman arrived in the knick of time with three new choices — the green Versace dress as one of them. But there was a catch. The dress had already been somewhat of a big deal. It’d been photographed on Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell and Donatella Versace herself.

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“Andrea came with three dresses, which I’m very spoiled now, people come with a thousand dresses when they come to a fitting for me,” Lopez said. “That day, there’s two or three dresses, and I’m looking.”

She continued, “I tried on the green one, I came out, everyone was there, glam and everybody, and they were like, ‘That’s the dress.'”

Lieberman told her not to wear it. “She was like, ‘No, it’s just that you can’t wear that one. Somebody else has worn it,” Lopez joked. By that point, JLo already hd her mind made up. “I said, ‘This is what we’re gonna wear. This is it.'”

The Versace dress made a comeback in Milan

As far as how Donatella Versace feels about JLo’s part in cementing her creation in fashion history, she’s thrilled. When speaking about its first appearance in 2001, she said. “It was amazing! The world had the same reaction: jaw-dropping.”

She continued, “Today we live in a technological world, but back then, one event prompted the creation of a new tool that now has become part of our lives.” That tool is Google images so yes, you can thank JLo for that, too.