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How Jennifer Lopez's Famous Grammys Dress Ended up as Bedding

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Jennifer Lopez holding a sign posing for the camera: In 2000, Jennifer Lopez rocked a green Versace gown to the Grammys, and the world has never been the same. In Milan, designer Sasha Bikoff reinterprets the moment for the home. © J. Vespa - Getty Images In 2000, Jennifer Lopez rocked a green Versace gown to the Grammys, and the world has never been the same. In Milan, designer Sasha Bikoff reinterprets the moment for the home.

In February 2000, J. Lo walked the Grammy's red carpet in a slinky, kelly-green Versace look, and the world has never been the same. The tropical-print dress, designed by Donnatella Versace, was slit up the front and plunged in a deep-V. It quickly became one of the first red carpet fashion images to go viral. Images of J. Lo in the dress were downloaded from the Grammy's website a staggering 642,917 times in just 24 hours-the magnitude of their popularity was even the motivation for Google to create Google Images. For any young fashionphile, it was a style awakening.

a close up of a pink bed: A Versace bed and bedding designed by Sasha Bikoff. © Versace A Versace bed and bedding designed by Sasha Bikoff.

Designer Sasha Bikoff was one of those. She'd already come to love Versace seeing her mother and grandmother wear it in the '90s, and the J.Lo moment only deepened her obsession. "The first moment I ever felt envious of my mother, I was lying on her bed and she put on this chiffon Versace dress-it was just so amazing," the designer gushes. "If there was ever an I aspiration in my life since I was a little girl, it’s been Versace."

So, it's safe to say it was a dream moment when Bikoff got a life-changing call earlier this year. "I was literally sitting on my couch minding my own business and I get a call from Versace that they want me to come to Milan and design a collection," Bikoff tells me over the phone from Milan, where she's just launched what is maybe the most Instagrammed installation at the super Instagrammable Salone del Mobile fair.

a blue pool of water: Bikoff’s installation at Via Gesu. © Versace Bikoff’s installation at Via Gesu.

The collection, which reinterprets classic Versace furniture and textile designs with Bikoff's colorful flair, took over the fashion house's Vis Gesu this past week, where tastemakers tripped over themselves to get a look.

This is hardly the first time Bikoff has made interior design viral: Her kaleidoscopic staircase for the 2018 Kips Bay designer show house skyrocketed her to design fame-and got her on Versace's map. "When Versace called me they’re like 'listen, Donnatella loves your style. The staircase of Kips Bay is on our mood board in the office."

Three days after that first phone call, Bikoff says, "I was on the plane to Milan." She toured the Via Gesu and then met with Versace's archivist to revisit some of the house's most iconic designs. "For the eight days I was there I didn’t sleep a wink," she says. "I felt so excited and so much pressure to make Donnatella happy and create something that was a good representation of the brand but also stayed true to me." 

a large room: Via Gesu’s entryway. Bikoff designed the custom rug, which incorporates classic Versace patterns in her favorite colors. © Versace Via Gesu’s entryway. Bikoff designed the custom rug, which incorporates classic Versace patterns in her favorite colors.

The result, as she describes it, is "a 1980s deco revival mixed with the kind of Richard Avedon women in metallic miniskirts and mohair" all alongside nods to Versace's history. The dining table, for example, has a base that's shape comes from the Via's architecture.

"I also wanted to create something that would resonate with young people," Bikoff explains, so she lit the entryway's vaulted ceiling with millennial-favorite neon.

a christmas tree in a pool: A neon-lit living room. © Versace A neon-lit living room.

As for that iconic dress, it pops up on a metallic leather bed from a previous Versace collection. "This week is the anniversary of Google Images, and that was the first Google Image, so it was a time Versace made history," Bikoff says. "So I took that print, changed the colors, and made it into a robe and bedding."

If that sounds like a lot, Bikoff knows it is: "My only job was to do this exhibition, but I said to myself, 'No, I’m going to do everything,'" she says. "I decorated the rooms upstairs, curated the art, did the windows, rugs, and wallpaper."

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