Taking the Plunge
updated 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST
The reaction was swift—and mostly merciless. "Jennifer Takes Prize for Breast New Artist," smirked the New York Post. "For Frock's Sake—Give It a Rest!" trumpeted Britain's Daily Star. Internet search engine Lycos reported that Lopez was the fourth most popular request that week; the dress itself landed at No. 13.
But what really set tongues wagging was how Lopez managed to, um, keep up appearances. "Maybe she has pierced nipples," guesses a bemused Martin Grant, a Paris-based fashion designer. "Then you could attach the dress to them." Andrea Lieberman, Lopez's stylist on Grammy night, insists that the dress was "made a certain way so it stays on." In Versace's one concession to modesty, the dress came with built-in, beaded underpants. "Everything is attached," says a Versace representative. "You just slip the whole thing on." As to whether any glue or tape came between Lopez and That Dress, Lieberman won't say, adding coyly, "That's why we call them styling 'tricks.'
Julie K.L. Dam
Steven Cojocaru in Los Angeles, Natasha Stoynoff in New York City and Cathy Nolan in Paris