Who Wore It Better? Lady Gaga vs. Elizabeth Hurley in Versace + Safety Pins
Lady Gaga recently pulled Elizabeth Hurley’s iconic safety pin dress out of the Versace archives. Who do you think wore it better? Weigh in here!
Remember way back in the ‘90s when Elizabeth Hurley showed up to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral wearing a revealing Versace dress held together with the fanciest safety pins in the world? You know, the one that’s going to be making an appearance at the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture? Well, it seems that That Dress (as it is sometimes called) has come out of retirement a little early—and on Lady Gaga, no less.
Gaga was spotted leaving her hotel in Milan on Tuesday sporting a dress identical to Elizabeth’s, right down to the number of pins running down its side. Whether it’s the exact same dress or just a replica remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: It’s definitely That Dress. So: Who do you think wore it better, Bettys? Elizabeth in the original or Gaga in the copy?
This is the second time in recent memory that Mother Monster has pulled from the Versace archives; indeed, Donatella Versace herself opened them herself for Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” video (which, by the way, is the first time she’s ever done so). But how well does she pull them off? Also, given that Gaga made a name for herself by wearing weird outfits no one else had ever worn before, how are we supposed to feel about her borrowing already-iconic looks? She’s probably got some statement she’s trying to make about it, but I’ll be damned if I know what it is. Ah well; a dress is a dress is a dress, no?
For the curious, That Dress is made of silk and lycra and held together with strategically placed gold safety pins– and it has its own Wikipedia page, too. Now THAT’S staying power.
Tell us: Who do you think wore the Versace safety pin number better, Gaga or Elizabeth?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.