Fashion Faceoff: Elizabeth Hurley vs. Lady Gaga in Versace's 'Safety Pin' Dress

10/03/2012 at 10:55 AM ET

Lady Gaga, Elizabeth HurleyDave Benett/Getty; Photopress/Splash News Online

It takes a bold woman to pull off a dress as daring as Versace’s infamous ‘safety pin’ gown, but if anyone was going to try, of course it would be Lady Gaga.

The singer donned the barely there creation in Milan on Tuesday, 18 years after Elizabeth Hurley first made jaws drop while wearing the dress to the London premiere of Hugh Grant’s Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The black silk and lycra creation plunges at the neckline and has a super-revealing slit, held together at the upper thigh and along the sides with a few golden safety pins. Gaga accessorized the gown with dangling gold earrings and major platform boots, while Hurley went a simpler route, adding hoops, a clutch and basic black heels.

‘That Dress’ (yes, it even has its own Wikipedia page) made Hurley a star — and probably made then-beau Grant very happy. But what will it do for Gaga, aside from drawing comparisons to Hurley? That remains to be seen. Tell us: Who wears the dress best? Vote in our poll below! 


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Kitchy on

Thanks for the proof that Lady Gaga’s “weight gain” was a total scam, a suit, and a ploy for publicity.

kim on

I thought Lady Gaga was heavier now. Doesn’t look like it to me. I had a feeling it was a fat suit.

Kelly on

They both rocked it!

Debra on

Boots were a BAD decision with that dress.

Eli on

God, does Lady Gaga not do anything original? She copies Madonna, she copies Elizabeth Hurley, she copies the artist with the meat dress. When Elizabeth Hurley wore that dress, it was shocking and new. Now that celebrities prance down the red carpet mostly naked, it’s sort of a yawn.

Sara on

Thought – in defense of Lady Gaga – I think this is the most “normal” I have ever seen her dressed! Now granted, definitely gotta say “No go” on the boots though. Also, as far as the weight issues, she certainly does not appear as heavy in this pic as she did in pics last month…. Hmmm….

itsallgoodnroanoke on

They both look stunning. Who cares anyway.A B C D E F G ,STAND 4 words

pietra on

GAGA is a wanna be. You were born this way!! yeah, this way by being insecure and NOT original.
gimme a break, this is a bad message.

Sara on

@pietra … I couldn’t agree more!
I think A LOT of people are sick of Gaga … I know I am!!! I would love for her to fade away.

That New Yorker Guy on

Elizabeth Hurley is exotic, sexy and stunning in the dress, very typical of European women! Gaga, is also very sexy in the
dress. I absolutely love Lady Gaga, but the winner here is
Elizabeth Hurley.

Terry on

I like it on Elizabeth Hurley the best.

Snow on

I agree whomever said this is the most normal she’s looked ever. I like it when she dresses “down” (i.e. without the costumes). She’s very attractive when she’s just her normal self. I think they equally look good, although the platform boots look bad.

Jester on

Maybe she can wear JLo’s infamous green dress next? Or how about MC ‘Hammer’ pants with a top made of nails and screws?

Snow on

P.S. I can’t believe this dress was every controversial. What a long way we’ve come (for better or worse).

Katie on

Liz wins, but it’s nice to see Gaga looking like a woman rather than a cartoon character!

Joanne on

They both look great; but give props to Elizabeth Hurley rockin’ it in her 40s

tillie on

They both look like cheap tramps.

Kitchy on

Hurley didn’t rock it in her 40s, she was only 29 when she wore it. Although I wouldn’t doubt that she could still wear it.

kim on

what happened to her being fat these days?? she looks amazing!

Cowgirl on

Lady Gaga’s schtick is getting old. I agree with the posters here and she doesn’t have an original idea. And I looked at the picture and thought “where’s Gaga?”. She was actually dressed normal for a change.

PurrlGurrl on

Except for the footwear (what was she thinking?), I’d say the dress looks much better on Gaga’s body because she’s more of an hourglass shape than Hurley,

nick on

I think you guys are ridiculous. They are both beautiful women and they both look amazing.. gaga did gain weight. But she looks curvy and beautiful. Ive seen several stars wearing the same outfits but suddenly if gaga wears an outfit 18 YEARS LATER, she is copying people. Get a life people.. she is talented and she wont be fading away anytime soon.

Tiffany on

More and more you realize that Lady Gaga had her time and it’s over. She does anything outrageous to get attention. I don’t think it’s her. It’s something someone has already done. Boring.

YOU Whacka-doo on

Geez, wearing the same dress someone wore 15 years ago is called copying… get a life!! I’m not a huge GaGa fan.. but man, you people are brutal.. no wonder we have to start anti-bullying groups…

Agustina on

Elizabeth Hurley, hands down

astrodel on

They look great in different ways. I’m waiting to see People pit two guys against each other. This article encourages the catty.

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