It became an iconic look during her time with the Spice Girls.

And Geri Horner revealed the origins of the Union Jack dress she famously wore during the girl group at the 1997 Brit Awards.

In an interview with Vogue on Thursday, the singer, 47, talked about how she came up with the patriotic design as she wanted to spruce up a plain black Gucci dress. 

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Inspiration: On Thursday, Geri Horner revealed how she came up with the design for THAT Union Jack dress as she admitted she put a peace sign on the back so it wasn't 'racist'

Inspiration: On Thursday, Geri Horner revealed how she came up with the design for THAT Union Jack dress as she admitted she put a peace sign on the back so it wasn't 'racist'

Inspiration: On Thursday, Geri Horner revealed how she came up with the design for THAT Union Jack dress as she admitted she put a peace sign on the back so it wasn’t ‘racist’

Speaking animatedly about the outfit, she said: ‘I remember this little black Gucci dress that was lent to me and they said “you can wear this” [at the awards].

Referring to Tom Ford and his work with the brand at the time, she added: ‘I looked at it and thought it’s not really saying much.

‘I’ve always tried to put my finger to the wind and feel whats going on right now, and if I feel it then you’ll feel it and we’ll connect it. So I thought, [it’s] The Brits why not a British flag?’ 

Detailing how she came to alter the dress, she added: ‘I don’t know if this is true, but you’re not meant to cut up a flag…so I found a tea towel. My sister did it, she was better at sewing than I am.’

Iconic look: Gehri famously wore the ensemble during the girl group at the 1997 Brit Awards

Iconic look: Gehri famously wore the ensemble during the girl group at the 1997 Brit Awards

Iconic look: Gehri famously wore the ensemble during the girl group at the 1997 Brit Awards

Candid: Speaking animatedly about the outfit, she said: 'I remember this little black Gucci dress that was lent to me... [but] thought it's not really saying much'

Candid: Speaking animatedly about the outfit, she said: 'I remember this little black Gucci dress that was lent to me... [but] thought it's not really saying much'

Candid: Speaking animatedly about the outfit, she said: ‘I remember this little black Gucci dress that was lent to me… [but] thought it’s not really saying much’

However, when a stylist told her it could be seen as ‘racist’ because it could be associated with The National Front’, she decided to add a peace sign to the outfit.

‘I was like, oh my goodness…no, stop. We celebrate all cultures,’ she explained. ‘So that’s why I put the peace sign on the back.

‘And then the actual performance, we had our backs to the audience, so you could see the peace sign…I think we found power in each other. That was the whole point of the group.’

Helping hand: Detailing how she came to alter the dress, she added: 'You’re not meant to cut up a flag…so I found a tea towel. My sister did it, she was better at sewing than I am'

Helping hand: Detailing how she came to alter the dress, she added: 'You’re not meant to cut up a flag…so I found a tea towel. My sister did it, she was better at sewing than I am'

Helping hand: Detailing how she came to alter the dress, she added: ‘You’re not meant to cut up a flag…so I found a tea towel. My sister did it, she was better at sewing than I am’

Alterations: However, when a stylist told her it could be seen as 'racist' because it could be associated with The National Front', she decided to add a peace sign to the outfit

Alterations: However, when a stylist told her it could be seen as 'racist' because it could be associated with The National Front', she decided to add a peace sign to the outfit

Alterations: However, when a stylist told her it could be seen as ‘racist’ because it could be associated with The National Front’, she decided to add a peace sign to the outfit

Gushing about the impact the outfit had on society at the time, she added: ‘I woke up the next morning, and the picture of me in that dress was in 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…I’ve always been, like, a secret fashion designer.’

Proud: Gushing about the impact the outfit had on society at the time, she added: 'That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for'

Proud: Gushing about the impact the outfit had on society at the time, she added: 'That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for'

Proud: Gushing about the impact the outfit had on society at the time, she added: ‘That dress really became the identity of what girl power stood for’

The Spice Girls shot to fame in the early ’90s and found themselves at the top of the charts in 37 countries with their debut single Wannabe, released in 1996.

The band split in 2000, two years after Geri announced her departure from the band.They later reunited in 2007, delighting fans with their The Return Of The Spice Girls world tour, before performing at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

Geri reunited with Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton on a Spice Girls world tour last year, while band member Victoria Beckham chose not to be involved.

Icons: The Spice Girls shot to fame in the early '90s and found themselves at the top of the charts in 37 countries with their debut single Wannabe, released in 1996

Icons: The Spice Girls shot to fame in the early '90s and found themselves at the top of the charts in 37 countries with their debut single Wannabe, released in 1996

Icons: The Spice Girls shot to fame in the early ’90s and found themselves at the top of the charts in 37 countries with their debut single Wannabe, released in 1996

Source: Daily Mail

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