Remember when Liz Hurley made fashion history at the premiere of a movie she wasn’t even in?
This isn’t to say that 1994’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” wasn’t a big deal. The film grabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and became the highest-grossing British production of all time — a title it held for 15 years.
But the movie’s premiere will only be remembered for one thing: Hurley’s black Versace dress, riven with deep slits and seemingly held together by a string of novelty-sized gold safety pins.
The model-slash-actress, then aged 29, wasn’t exactly a household name when she arrived on the red carpet that evening. Anyone unfamiliar with her turn as a henchwoman in the poorly-received Wesley Snipes thriller “Passenger 57,” might simply have known her as Hugh Grant’s girlfriend.
One might, therefore, have reasonably expected it to be Grant’s night. After all, his performance in “Four Weddings” earned him a Golden Globe and launched a long and fruitful career playing slightly flustered Brits.
Then again, if your plus-one is a quintessential English pin-up wearing a scandalously revealing dress — for the time, at least — then you should expect to have your limelight stolen. (He didn’t seem to mind: Take your eyes off Hurley’s outfit for a moment, and you’ll notice a floppy-haired Grant smiling sheepishly beside her, unable to quite believe his luck.)