Sharon Stone kept the iconic white dress from ‘Basic Instinct’: ‘I wasn’t getting paid much’

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Sharon Stone owns a chic and scandalous piece of movie history.

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The 63-year-old actress has revealed she kept - and still has - the iconic white dress she wore in the 1992 film “Basic Instinct.”

For those that may need a refresher, Stone donned the white minidress in the infamous interrogation scene of the film, in which her character uncrosses her legs while smoking a cigarette.

In a new essay for InStyle, Stone elaborated on the backstory of the Hollywood fashion moment and her huge pay disparity with co-star Michael Douglas.

"We decided to go for all white because my character had a very Hitchcockian vibe," Stone wrote. "But Ellen [Mirojnick] designed the dress so that I could sit like a man if he was being interrogated. It gave me the ability to move my arms and legs, take up space, and exercise control over a room full of men."

While Stone had no idea how sensational the movie and the scene would become, she did have the foresight to keep her wardrobe in the film.

"I couldn't believe how exciting it was and all of the incredible costumes that were being made just for me. I put in my contract that I could keep the clothes," Stone said. "People thought I was crazy, but the truth is I wasn't getting paid much compared to my male co-star. I made $500,000; Michael made $14 million. So keeping my costumes was a really smart thing to do."

With the film set to celebrate its 30th anniversary next month, Stone shared that she still owns the dress, but hasn’t actually laid eyes on it since the last day of filming.

“It was zipped up in a garment bag on the set, and it has never been opened since,” Stone continued. “I broke the zipper, so it's hermetically sealed like a piece of art or a very cool time capsule.”

Stone has often spoken out at her shock over the controversial interrogation scene, but is now focusing on the important lessons learned in the aftermath of the entire situation.

“I learned how frightening it can be not just for men but for society as a whole to see a woman access and own her power. I learned how to have a spine. I learned how to speak up for myself,” she said.  “And yes, I learned that I look pretty damn good in white.”

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