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Versace recreates two of its most iconic dresses for the brand's first catwalk show in New York City

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 6 days ago Sabrina Carder

Jennifer Lopez et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Designers love to draw inspiration from their archives for new collections. And none more so than Versace.

Donatella Versace has delved into the brand's back catalogue of fashion hits several times recently.

Most poignantly at the spring/summer 2018 show during Milan Fashion Week, which marked the 20th anniversary of her brother, Gianni Versace's, death. 

For the emotional and nostalgic show, the designer bought back her brother's original bold prints from the early nineties and interpreted them into modern styles (think midi pleated skirts and boxy cropped jackets). But, it seems, there were still a few throwback styles left to be reimagined.

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On Sunday Versace held its pre-fall 2019 fashion show in New York Citya first for the brandand among the high glamour looks, two iconic silhouettes made a resurgence on the runway.

Jennifer Lopez standing posing for the camera: jlogrammyversace0312.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited jlogrammyversace0312.jpg The first, a sweeping maxi dress with a plunging neckline, which was first made famous by Jennifer Lopez in 2000 when she wore the revealing floral-print number to the Grammy Awards. 

In fact, it was so talked about that Google was flooded with people all over the world searching for images to the outfit, which consequently led to the creation of Google Image Search.

Amber Valletta wearing a colorful dress: versace0312.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited versace0312.jpg The pre-fall 2019 dress had been reimagined in Versace's love heart print and, as an added nostalgic twist, was modelled by Amber Valletta, who also wore the original number down the runway in 2000.

The second dress to make a comeback is arguably Versace's most iconic design to date: a slinky black dress, simply held together by gold safety pins.

Elizabeth Hurley, Hugh Grant posing for a photo: lizhurley0312.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited lizhurley0312.jpg Often referred to as 'THAT dress', the Versace design was catapulted into the limelight at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 when Liz Hurley donned the risqué gown.

Since then, numerous celebrities including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence have re-created the look, however the Italian brand's pre-fall collection sees the dress with a modern makeover. 

a woman posing for a picture: versaceprefall0312.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited versaceprefall0312.jpg "THAT dress is back: a garment that broke all barriers - the Safety Pin dress makes its return in a new and contemporary way," Versace wrote on Instagram. 

Indeed, the dress is now made up of a new mesh material and asymmetric top, a style that we are sure will be Kardashian-approved in the coming months.

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