Back in 2000 when she was known as JLo, Jennifer Lopez accompanied then-boyfriend Puff Daddy to the Grammys wearing a very revealing sheer chiffon Versace gown. The couple split up soon after, but the image of Lopez in that dress lives on.
It’s certainly the most memorable gown in Grammys history – it even has its own Wikipedia page – but if Lopez wore the dress that put her on the fashion map to this Sunday’s ceremony, would it be considered shocking by today’s red carpet standards?
In the last year alone, we’ve seen plenty of dresses that make JLo’s Versace number look positively demure by comparison. In April 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow not only showed up to the premiere of Iron Man 3 in a NSFW gown by Antonio Berardi, she shared a TMI story about having to shave her bikini line minutes before hitting the red carpet. Last November, actress Jaimie Alexander stole Thor’s thunder when she walked the red carpet at the premiere of the action flick wearing an Azzaro Couture gown that barely concealed her naughty bits. Just days later in London, British model Abbey Clancy took side boob to a whole new level in a Julien Macdonald gown at the appropriately named Fashion for the Brave benefit.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the dress – more accurately described as a scrap of mesh fabric and a thong – that Rose McGowan wore to the MTV VMAs in 1998, almost two years before JLo taped on her Grammys dress. But McGowan’s display was not so much a fashion moment as it was a case of temporary insanity. Same goes for Lady Gaga’s 2011 Grammys egg ensemble.
If Jennifer Lopez wore that infamous Versace dress today, would it still be as shocking as it was the first time? Cast your vote in the poll below.