Jennifer Lopez’s sheer Versace gown at the 2000 Grammys has become an iconic fashion moment.
However, it is now being revealed that her gown is also the reason Google Images exists. In an interview with Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Lopez’s dress was the catalyst for a search engine based only on text.
“People wanted more than just text,” Schmidt wrote. “This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress.”
So along with launching JLo’s career that Versace dress is the reason we can now search Google with images. Although it is iconic now, Lopez never dreamed that the dress would make such a statement. She recently wore a very similar green outfit during the video for “I Luh You Papi” and in an interview with W magazine, Lopez said. “”We had looked at a few dresses, and nothing was right…My stylist said, there’s this one dress, but other people have worn it. I tried on the Versace and decided to wear it anyway.”
The dress had in fact been worn before, by a Spice Girl. Geri Halliwell better known as Ginger Spice wore the dress one month before the Latina superstar, but it was definitely Lopez’s curves that took it to the next level.
Fun fact: That dress is so popular it has its own Wikipedia page.
[via Dazed Digital]