Sunday 28 December 2014

Revealed: Victoria Beckham couldn't afford 'little black Gucci dress' in the Spice Girls

Olivia Bergin, Telegraph.co.uk

Published 07/02/2014 | 13:42

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 22:  Very Posh: Spice girl Victoria at Cannes - see STYLE Column.  (Photo credit should read PA/AFP/Getty Images)
Victoria Beckham in 1997

Victoria Beckham is so wealthy she could probably buy out the whole of Bond Street twice over - but she doesn't even need to, because she's now dressing herself in her own designs.

But back in her Spice Girls days, circa the mid-Nineties, Posh was just like one of us - i.e. she shopped in Miss Selfridge.

The multi-millionaire has admitted: "the first dress that I wore in the Spice Girls, which everybody thought was a little black Gucci dress, was actually from Miss Selfridge - it wasn't a little back Gucci dress."

Said dress can be seen in the 1998 film Spiceworld, whereby Beckham's band mates mock her whens he can't decide what to wear. Melanie C, AKA Sporty Spice, says: "I bet it must be really hard for you Victoria, ya know, trying to whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress or the the little Gucci dress."

The revelation comes as the 39-year-old lifts the lid on her design empire as part of her tie-up with The Skype Collaboration Project, which chronicles the designer's five-year journey into the fashion industry via a series of clips, transcripts and interactive sessions.

Mother-of-four Beckham, who will present her autumn/winter 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week this Sunday, February 9, also discussed her first taste of the catwalk.

Romeo Beckham, Connor Cruise, Cruz Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Harper Beckham attend an NHL playoff game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Romeo Beckham, Connor Cruise, Cruz Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Harper Beckham attend an NHL playoff game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham are seen leaving the Comme des garcons store on May 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)
DAVID BECKHAM VICTORIA BECKHAM go shopping at Maxfield?s clothing boutique in West Hollywood, CA. David and Victoria Beckham also took their son to the clothing store. David came out carrying his son to the car. Photos by Marcos/BuzzFoto.com
Football star David Beckham and singer Victoria Beckham arrive at the Beckham Welcome To LA Party at the Museum of Contemporary Art on July 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LONDON - JUNE 4: British footballer David Beckham and his wife British pop star Victoria Beckham attend the Silver Clef Awards at the Intercontinental Hotel on June 4, 2001 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
CHESTER - JANUARY 25: British footballer David Beckham and fiance singer from the "Spice Girls" Victoria Adams pose for photographers outside their hotel after the announcement of their engagement on January 25, 1998 in Chester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham pose for a studio portrait backstage at Live 8 London in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by Brian Aris/Live 8 via Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham are seen backstage at Live 8 London in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Live 8 via Getty Images)
Manchester United striker David Beckham is accompanied by his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Adams, as they leave the Monaco Sporting Club late 26 August 1999 after he was elected Best player of the Year during an UEFA evening gala. (Photo credit VANINA LUCCHESI/AFP/Getty Images)
David Beckham & Victoria Beckham (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
English football captain David Beckham and his wife Victoria attend Live 8 London in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raise awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Live 8 via Getty Images)
England and Real Madrid football player David Beckham and wife Victoria hug at The David Beckham Academy launch party at Creative Artists Agency on June 3, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. The reception was a celebration in the partnership between sports and entertainment AEG and Beckham, which has established the Los Angeles and London locations of the David Beckham Academy. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AEG)
Soccer player David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive at the 2008 ESPY Awards held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The 2008 ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 20 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham leaving Nobu Armani Restaurant on January 17, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Luca Ghidoni/Getty Images)
David Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham (R) attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Game 2 at Staples Center on May 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham at Virgin Megastore in London, August 1, 2000 (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham leave via the back door after meeting Sean "Diddy" Combs (Photo by Niki Nikolova/WireImage)
Victoria Beckham & David Beckham (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham leaving La Risacca restaurant on March 9, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Luca Ghidoni/Getty Images)
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham during Sport Industry Awards 2007 - Red Carpet Arrivals at Old Billingsgate in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Sylvia Linares/FilmMagic)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham sighting at Claridges on February 8, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
David and Victoria Beckham attend the My Sky HD Wears Fendi cocktail party as part of Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 Menswear on January 20, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham during 19 Management Party At The Royal Albert Hall - Arrivals at The Royal Albert Hall in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham leave Vogue party on January 20, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Luca Ghidoni/Getty Images)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham sighting at Claridges on February 8, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Professional soccer player David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham pose at the David Beckham And James Bond Adidas Originals on September 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
London, Victoria Adams And David Beckham, Versace Party At The London Shop (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham during David Beckham's 32nd Birthday Party at Cipriani's in London - May 2, 2007 at Cipriani Reaturant in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Sylvia Linares/FilmMagic)
Victoria Beckham & David Beckham (Photo by Laurent Bonnin/WireImage)
Victoria Beckham, Cruz Beckham, David Beckham and Romeo Beckham attend the Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks game on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
David Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham kiss at a basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham are seen leaving the COSTES hotel and restaurant on May 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)
CHESTER - JANUARY 25: British footballer David Beckham and fiance singer from the "Spice Girls" Victoria Adams pose for photographers outside their hotel after the announcement of their engagement on January 25, 1998 in Chester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

She recalls: "When I was in the Spice Girls I got invited to go to a Versace fashion show, and I'd never been to a fashion show and Donatella Versace flew me, on a private plane with my friend, to Milan. It was all very glamorous and it was taking me into a completely different world."

While we don't know if she still owns her little Miss Selfridge number, she reveals: "I've still got the dress that I wore - the black, leather dress - and funnily enough I saw Donatella not too long ago - we judged the Woolmark awards in London and I hadn't seen her for years and years and we had a chat whilst we were judging and she said: 'Do you remember when you came to Milan?' and I said: 'God, do I remember? Are you kidding, that was the most exciting thing I'd ever done.'"

See, give or take a few million, Beckham really is just one of us...

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