Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Stylist Urged Her to Skip the Legendary 2000 Green Versace Dress

The Singer Unveils a Hidden Story Behind Her Most Iconic Fashion Statement

Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her Stylist Urged Her to Skip the Legendary 2000 Green Versace Dress
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The iconic green Versace gown that Jennifer Lopez dazzled in at the 2000 Grammy Awards was nearly left in the wardrobe.

Lopez's stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, was against choosing the dress since it had previously been seen on other celebrities.

"The dress was already worn by others before. My stylist pleaded, 'Please don't wear it. It's already been seen.' But I argued, 'You picked it out, and it looks the best on me, so I'm going for it.' And so I did. It certainly made waves," Lopez shared, as she looked back on 17 of her most memorable fashion choices in a Vogue interview.

"I've always seen it as a partnership with all the stylists I've collaborated with over the years," she elaborated. "I spent many years working with Andrea Lieberman, and then with Rob [Zangardi] and Mariel [Haenn] right up to now. It's always been about collaboration."

Lopez then drew parallels between the global fascination with her Versace dress and Marilyn Monroe's iconic white halter dress from The Seven Year Itch.

"It seems like every era needs its definitive style moment, akin to Marilyn's dress, and for this time, it was this dress," Lopez observed. "What made it iconic? It was a serendipitous moment - the way the breeze caught it as I stepped onto the stage, everything just aligned."

In the same breath, Lopez recalled how her all-white ensemble at the Video Music Awards that year, featuring a sparkling tank top, low-rise jeans, and a bandana, also captured the public's imagination.

"The outfit has become a popular choice for Halloween," remarked the singer, acknowledging that it wasn't her initial pick for the occasion.

"It was another instance where I had planned on wearing this elaborate gown," she shared. "[Sean 'Diddy' Combs], known as Puffy back then, suggested, 'Why not just go with white jeans and a T-shirt instead?' I was skeptical, but somehow it appealed to me, so I went with it."

Lopez emphasized that trusting her gut has remained a guiding principle throughout her career, a practice she continued during her appearance on Saturday Night Live earlier this month. She pointed out that her ensemble for the performance of "Can't Get Enough"—a black jacket, pants, and white top—was a spur-of-the-moment decision.

"I just liked how they looked together. I began experimenting with mixing and matching," Lopez explained.