Jennifer Beals has let a movie secret slip - the famous grey sweatshirt that became one of Flashdance's big fashion must-haves was a "laundry mistake".

The 40-year-old actress reveals the ripped and plunging look the 1983 film pioneered would never have taken off had it now been for the fact she left her favourite shirt in the spin-dryer too long.

She says, "The sweatshirt was a total accident. I had a sweatshirt and I put it in the dryer for too long and I couldn't get my head through the hole, so I cut the hole.

"Who'd have thought a laundry mistake would have made such an impact."

09/04/2004 17:28