Hugh Grant: 'Elizabeth Hurley's Versace dress fanfare was a fluke'

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Hugh Grant believes the fanfare caused by Elizabeth Hurley's revealing Versace safety pin dress was a "pure fluke".

The British actor attended the London premiere of his breakthrough movie Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 with his then-girlfriend Elizabeth - who set the red carpet alight with her revealing black gown, and Hugh has insisted the pair had no idea how iconic the outfit would become as there was a last-minute panic to find something for the unknown actress to wear.

Reflecting on the iconic red carpet moment, Hugh said during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, "Well, it ended up that way, (but) it was pure fluke."

"We were unsuccessful actors - well, we were not well known in any way - and suddenly this big premiere comes along for this film and she has nothing to wear, and I said, 'I think you can borrow stuff, I think that's what people do, the big designers will lend you something,'" he recalled.

"And so we rang round, we didn't have... publicists or anything like that. (We) plucked up our courage, rang round, and they all said, 'No, who are you?'"

Hugh said Versace eventually came to their rescue and offered a striking black dress with a plunging neckline, held together at the sides by oversized gold safety pins, for Elizabeth to wear to the premiere.

"And then Versace said, 'Yes! We have something, but only one thing,'" Hugh said, "and they sent it round and this was the one dress that arrived, and she put it on and I remember being slightly startled by it! It was hot!

"And then... the rest is history, it really became a thing."