Sharon Stone Still Has Her Iconic "Basic Instinct" Dress But She Hasn't Looked At It In 30 Years

    "I put in my contract that I could keep the clothes."

    Sharon Stone walked away from the set of Basic Instinct with some pretty important memorabilia — including her iconic white dress!

    A closeup of Sharon at an event

    In a new essay about her experience on set, Sharon looked back on the film, which debuted almost 30 years ago.

    Sharon says she knew she was the "right person for the role" immediately after reading the script, and the team behind the film agreed.

    Sharon looks sultry while holding onto Michael Douglas in promo shot for the movie

    But despite nailing the role, she was still getting paid a whole lot less than her co-stars — namely Michael Douglas.

    Michael lays on top of Sharon and kisses her in a scene from the film

    Sharon says she made a mere $500,000 compared to Michael's $14 million, so she asked to add a clause to her contract.

    "I put in my contract that I could keep the clothes. People thought I was crazy, but the truth is I wasn't getting paid much compared to my male co-star. I made $500,000; Michael made $14 million," Sharon wrote.

    Sharon looks at Michael and puts her hand on his in the film

    She continued, "So keeping my costumes was a really smart thing to do...I couldn't believe how exciting it was and all of the incredible costumes that were being made just for me."

    Sharon wears a gold dress and cardigan in the film

    Sharon says the costumes made her "feel the power and the wealth" of her character, particularly the white dress from the interrogation room scene — which she still owns.

    Sharon takes a lie detector test in the white dress

    "I remember asking the director, Paul Verhoeven, what he wanted me to wear for it. He jokingly said, 'I don't care if you wear a turtleneck and your hair in a bun.' So I said, 'Good, because that's what I was thinking,'" Sharon shared.

    Sharon wears the white mini dress and coat while sitting with her legs crossed

    She added, "We decided to go for all white because my character had a very Hitchcockian vibe. But Ellen [Mirojnick] designed the dress so that I could sit like a man if he was being interrogated. It gave me the ability to move my arms and legs, take up space, and exercise control over a room full of men."

    Sharon looks serious during the interrogation scene

    And when Sharon finished the scene, the dress was put inside a bag that she still hasn't opened to this day.

    "I've kept the white dress and coat. It was zipped up in a garment bag on the set, and it has never been opened since. I broke the zipper, so it's hermetically sealed like a piece of art or a very cool time capsule," Sharon admitted.

    Sharon lights a cigarette in the scene

    You can read all that Sharon had to say here.