Geri Horner used tea towel to create first Union Jack dress

Geri Horner

Geri Horner has recalled how she cut up a tea towel to create her first Union Jack dress during her days with the Spice Girls.

In a new video for Vogue, Ginger Spice detailed the back story behind the now-iconic minidress, which landed her on the front of every British newspaper the day after she sported it for the girl group's BRIT Awards performance in 1997.

Remembering how she was handed a short black Gucci dress to wear for the Spice Girls' special performance, Geri then decided to ramp it up by adding the flag to the front.

"I don't know if this is true, but you're not meant to cut up a (British) flag," she said. "In the olden days, you could be sent to the Tower (of London)... so I found a tea towel."

Geri enlisted her sister, who is "better at sewing", as seamstress, before a stylist tried to shut down the show-stopping fashion statement, announcing the outfit was "racist" because of the flag's association with far-right nationalists.

"I was like, 'Oh my goodness... no, stop. We (Spice Girls) celebrate all cultures,'" the 47-year-old recalled, before going on to share her amazement at the press coverage. "I woke up the next morning and the picture of me in that dress was on the front page of every newspaper. That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for. People would wear their own version of it. Suddenly, you saw the British flag on a lot of fashion. It came back to that thing of being proud of who we are."

And Geri still feels rather proud of her own kitchen-to-stage transformation.

"I've always been, like, a secret fashion designer," she laughed.

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