Jennifer Lopez’s Grammy Awards dress from 2000 is perhaps the most memorable outfit she’s ever worn, but who could have predicted its existence is the reason Google Image Search is a part of everyday life?
In the early days of Google, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin realized people accessing their search engine needed to be able to find not only just text, but images too.
In an opinion piece for Product Syndicate, Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, shares that the world wondering about Jennifer Lopez’s green dress from the 2000 Grammys is one of the things that brought the need for searchable imagery to the forefront.
“At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen,” Schmidt writes. “But we had no surefire way of getting users what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”
This paved the way for future Google-able fashion moments, as well as more practical tools like maps that users need to view.
So the next time J. Lo stuns at an award show like in the video below, take a moment to appreciate just how her fashion sense paved the way for better searches worldwide.