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    11 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Iconic Red Carpet Looks That You Probably Didn't Know

    "Of course it’s not fashion. It’s a crazy getup for attention."

    1. You might be aware that Jennifer Lopez's 2000 Grammys Versace dress is the reason Google Images exists (it was the most popular search query Google had ever seen). However, J.Lo wasn't the only celeb to have worn it.

    2. Lupita Nyong'o's Prada dress for the 2014 Oscars contains a ton of small details and references. According to Lupita's stylist, Micaela Erlanger, the beading on the skirt is supposed to resemble Champagne bubbles.

    3. Billy Porter's Christian Siriano gown for the 2019 Oscars ran into a small problem — Billy was hosting ABC's pre-show coverage, but the gown couldn't physically fit on the podium where Billy would be interviewing celebrities. Subsequently, a second outfit with palazzo pants inspired by Karl Largerfeld was made. It took 18-hour days to get it all done.

    4. The 35 pounds of meat from Lady Gaga's 2010 VMAs meat dress was from designer Franc Fernandez's family butcher. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eventually paid a taxidermist $6,000 to preserve the dress — which had been frozen for a couple of weeks.

    5. Björk's swan dress at the 2001 Oscars was first modeled at the Marjan Pejoski autumn/winter fashion show, which was "inspired by the motion of a merry-go-round, with all these different animals." The designer didn't know that Björk would wear the dress to the Oscars until he saw the photos the next day.

    6. Rihanna's 2015 Met Gala dress was handmade by Guo Pei and took two years to make. Guo didn't actually know who Rihanna was when she called to ask to borrow the dress — which had a 16-foot train and weighed almost 50 pounds, meaning that Rihanna couldn't easily walk in it without help.

    7. Angelina almost didn't wear her now-famous black Versace dress to the 2012 Oscars. "I had a more complicated dress and I wore the more comfortable dress, which was that one," she explained.

    8. Thierry Mugler came out of retirement to make Kim Kardashian's 2019 Met Gala look. It took eight months to make and appears to have been inspired, in part, by Sophia Loren's dress in Boy on a Dolphin. The dress was so tight that Kim couldn't sit down or use the bathroom.

    9. Revenge was part of the motivation behind the Bob Mackie creation Cher wore to the 1986 Oscars, as she was snubbed for her role in Mask. "There were a lot of people who said, ‘That’s not fashion!’ And I said, ‘Of course it’s not fashion. It’s a crazy getup for attention.’ And it did get attention — people talk about it still," Bob recalled.

    10. Ariana Grande's custom Giambattista Valli gown for the 2020 Grammys took over 200 hours to make, included 400 yards of tulle, and was 20 feet wide. Stylist Law Roach burst into tears when he saw her wearing it, leading her to choose the dress.

    11. Finally, Britney Spears said that it was her idea to wear matching double denim with Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards. For Justin, the Costume National suit he wore on the NYSYNC Celebrity cover was remade in denim.