Geri Halliwell (officially now Horner, following her 2017 marriage) will forever be known for her time as one fifth of the iconic girl band the Spice Girls.
Although Ginger Spice’s style trajectory has spanned three decades in the spotlight, and celebrates her 50th birthday on 6 August, its her on-stage looks that have become the most memorable.
Early in Spice Girls history the Nineties looks were in full swing; platforms, leopard prints and perspex was the modus operandi for the famous girl group, and of course Geri was no exception.
The “hot-headed and lively” Ginger Spice matched her style to her name, with vibrant red hues and classic ‘90s fabrics, but it was her Union Jack dress that went down in history as one of the most iconic outfits in pop culture history.
Although uttered by all of the members of the Spice Girls, “girl power” became closely associated with Geri, and her Union Jack dress from the 1997 Brit Awards also became an enduring symbol of the movement.
But the singer wasn’t originally meant to wear the iconic dress. In fact, it wasn’t even a dress.
The Spice Girls were scheduled to open the 1997 Brit Awards, but Ginger Spice Geri thought that the black Gucci mini dress that she was supposed to perform in was too “boring” so she enlisted the help of her sister, Karen.
Deciding to celebrate being British, Karen stitched a Union Jack tea towel on top of the original Gucci dress, and doing so, created one of the most iconic pieces of pop culture clothing