Google It! Jennifer Lopez Wears That Grammys Dress—The One That Broke the Internet—20 Years Later at Versace
At the end of this evening’s jungle-themed Spring 2020 show, J. Lo emerged in a recreation of the plunging, open, and frankly outrageous silk chiffon dress that she infamously wore on February 23, 2000, to the Grammy Awards. Back then, it sparked so many searches on the then-nascent Google that the search engine’s founders realized it could not cope with a combination of “J. Lo” and “Versace” searches—so they built Google Images to fix the problem.
Plus ça change. Tonight in Versace’s Piazza Sei Febbraio show venue, the audience could barely cope either—even though there were some heavy hints at what was about to happen. First, the final few models walked to Lopez’s hit “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” Then the spotlights dimmed, the walls of this Pantheon-themed room lit up as screens, and we saw a montage of Google Image searches for the original dress. “Okay, Google,” intoned a voice: “Now show me the real jungle dress.”
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