The Spice Girls at 25: Here’s the story from A to Z
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five unknown girls – Victoria Caroline Adams, Melanie Janine Brown, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Jayne Chisholm and Geraldine Estelle Halliwell – global superstars.
So here’s a story from A to Z of how the band started, rose to fame, fell apart and put themselves back together again. Because which member of our LGBT+ Community does not love the Spice Girls?!?
U is for Union jack dress
Dominating the front pages after the 1997 Brit Awards, Geri’s most iconic outfit was originally supposed to be a simple black cocktail dress.
“Two nights before, Geri said, ‘You know what, Emma, I’m really not comfortable with the dress I’m wearing, I’ve got a much better idea,’” recalled her stylist Emma Poole in 2017. “I’m going around to my sister’s, she’s got these great Union jack tea-towels, I’m going to make a dress'”.
“I thought, ‘Please, please don’t, no.’ And Geri was like,’No, I am going to do that’.”
The star sold the outfit – which had a CND flag on the back – in 1998 to raise money for breast cancer charities. It raised £41,320, making it the most expensive item of pop star clothing ever sold at auction, until Michael Jackson’s sequinned glove was sold in 2009.
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