It was the dress that helped her star soar – but Liz Hurley slipped on her that famous safety pin dress by complete accident.
The model, 54, turned heads when she wore a now-iconic daring black gown, held together by oversized gold safety pins, to the premiere of Four Weddings And a Funeral with then-boyfriend Hugh Grant in 1994.
Now the actor, 59, has revealed that his unknown 28-year-old date – who accompanied him to the launch of the film, which made him a household name, in Londonâ€™s Leicester Square – that she put on the low-cut dress after being snubbed by a string of top designers.
In a BBC documentary, he explained that she had called up several fashion houses in the hope they would lend her something to wear to the glamorous event – however they refused, claiming they hadnâ€™t heard of her.
Hugh – then aged 33 – said: “There was a big premiere and someone told us – we knew nothing then, me and Elizabeth, about how you sort of cope with those things – someone said: ‘Oh you can borrow things from top designers.’
“Poor Elizabeth rang some top designers and they all said: ‘No, who are you?’ or ‘No, we’re not lending you anything.’
“Then Versace said: ‘Yes, we’ll lend you a dress’, and they just sent one round which is that one with the safety pins.
“So she shoved it on and I raised my eyebrows a fraction and we set off.”
When Liz stepped out onto the red carpet, she sent photographers into a frenzy – and â€˜That Dressâ€™ has proceeded to influence the fashion industry ever since.
She and Hugh split up in 2000 when he was caught cheating on her with a Hollywood prostitute.
The star – who runs a successful swimwear line – has insisted she had no ideal that her outfit would generate so much discussion.
In 2018, when asked byÂ Harperâ€™s BazaarÂ if she had any idea of how the outfit would go down in history, she replied: â€œNo, not at all! How could I?
â€œIn retrospect, it’s an interesting feeling. A few years ago, I got a lot of calls wondering what I thought of the dress’ 20th birthday.
â€œI have to say, I hadn’t known it was the dress’ 20th birthday – that was news to me.
â€œI’m delighted a dress I wore might be something someone would think about, but it wasn’t really that big a deal to me at the time.”
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