Liz Hurley recreates that iconic safety pin dress 25 years later, and looks absolutely incredible
Most outfits worn on the red carpet come and go without it staying in our memories. The best-looking or most outlandish of dresses will tend to earn themselves some conversation over the next few days, but then inevitably fade from our collective memories before the next big event distracts us once again.
Saying that, there are some dresses that stick with us over the years, for better or for worse.
It's much easier now, with the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook allowing fans to debate their favourite celebrities' fashion sense and keep those images circulated as long as possible. Before this was the norm, however, Liz Hurley had her own iconic dress on the red carpet - one that had the media obsessed that year.
The actress attended the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 alongside her then-boyfriend, Hugh Grant. The Versace dress turned heads at the time for its bold addition of large gold safety pins, and now she's recreating the iconic look.
“Gianni made that dress for a woman who is sure of herself and who isn’t afraid to break the rules,” Donatella Versace said of her late brother. “Liz embodied all of this in an extraordinary way.”
Hurley modelled a slightly altered version of the dress to mark the 25th anniversary of the dress, posing for the April issue of Harper's Bazaar. This version has one long sleeve and a higher neckline, but still keeps those safety pins.
"I was so unprepared for what happened that night," she explained to the magazine. "I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion."
"I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag. I took it home and did my own hair and makeup, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat.
“It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”
Since then, the look has influenced many other dresses that have been worn on the red carpet. Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga and more recently Dua Lipa have worn outfits inspired by the 1994 original.
Lipa wore a safety pin black and white Versace dress at the Grammys this year, where she took home two awards. The 23-year-old musician was named Best New Artist, and also won an award for Best Dance Recording for her collaboration with Silk City, Electricity.
Now that it's been 25 years on, Liz surprisingly remarked that the original Versace dress still fits her. The 53-year-old (yes, she's really that age) said that while it does fit, she wouldn't wear it today. “Just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today - it wouldn’t be appropriate!” she told the magazine.
The full interview is in the April 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar.