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You can thank J-Lo's Versace dress for Google Images

The green Donatella-designed number changed the face of the internet in a very special way

You may think that the most important dress of the 21st century is that blue and black one we all lost our shit about in 2015, but it might actually be the green Versace number that Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammys in 2000. The ultra-revealing silk chiffon garment has gone down in fashion history – but it also, somewhat improbably, directly contributed to the birth of Google Images. 

In an article written for Project Syndicate, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that the image search function was created after millions of people flocked to the internet to take a look at the Donatella-designed dress. 

"When Google was launched, people were amazed that they were able to find out about almost anything by typing just a few words into a computer," Schmidt said. "It was better than anything else, but not great by today's standards. So our co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin – like all other successful inventors – kept iterating. After all, people wanted more than just text."

"This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world's attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J-Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born."

That was 15 years ago, but Lopez hasn't lost any love for the dress – she wore a jumpsuit version with the same palm frond print in her music video for "I Luh Ya Papi". The Dress may have broken the internet, but only one Versace dress has actually changed the face of it.