The fashion industry is constantly in a state of flux. While people have the pressure of keeping up with the latest trends, time and again, some celebrities, especially women, have left us with some defining fashion moments – some iconic, some inspiring and some unusual.
From Lady Gaga’s meat dress and Rihanna’s see-through gown to Melania Trumps’s bold jacket, here are some moments in fashion worth revisiting.
Rihanna’s see-through dress
As a bonafide fashionista, Rihanna has had quite a few fashion moments but this look clearly stands out. At the CFDA Awards in New York back in 2014, Rihanna made an appearance wearing a glittery see-through gown from Adam Selman which revealed almost everything. In case you were wondering who set the stage for the naked dress phenomenon, here’s your answer.
The ramp sees a lot of unusual things – be it chairs on heads or walking with dresses heavier than you can carry. But what perhaps is the most unusual feature was the human backpack runway walk by Rick Owens. As “an ode to “nourishment, sisterhood/motherhood and regeneration; women raising women, women becoming women and women supporting other women”, Rick Owens created iconic silhouettes of women walking with other women strapped onto them as backpacks in a bid to denote strength and female bonding.
Lady Gaga’s meat dress
At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, American singer Lady Gaga got the side eye for donning a dress made of raw beef, or commonly referred to as the meat dress.
Melania Trump’s ‘I Really Don’t Care. Do U?’ Jacket
When the First Lady wore a green army jacket that featured the print ‘I Really Don’t Care. Do U?’ on the back, it gave birth to a number of opinion pieces exploring the many possibilities behind her wearing a jacket with this message.
Cher’s controversial outfit
Cher’s two-piece showgirl ensemble, complete with headdress from 1986 was one of the most iconic outfits ever worn at the Oscars red carpet. The beaded outfit was designed by Bob Mackie.
She later admitted she regretted the outfit. She told Vogue, “I knew some people in the Academy didn’t think that I was a serious actress. I always felt a bit sad that I presented Don Ameche with his Best Supporting Actor Award in that outfit. It seemed to make him a little nervous.”
Bjork’s dead swan dress
In 2001, Icelandic pop singer Bjork wore an outfit that looked like a dead swan wrapped around the singer’s neck. In 2015, the white swan dress was honoured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as reported by the New York Post.
Princess Diana’s Revenge Dress
Popularly known an Princess Di, she was the epitome to royal fashion, and continues to inspire many even today. Known for her bold sartorial choices, one of Princess Diana’s most famous looks is when she wore a form-fitting black dress to the Serpentine Gallery’s summer party. Nicknamed the ‘Revenge Dress’, the LBD by designer Christina Stambolian had a plunging neckline, which he teamed with a striking choker. However, the look gained extra significance as it was on the same night that a documentary aired in which Prince Charles admitted to his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress
Marilyn Monroe sparkled in a skintight, flesh-colored dress, which had more than 2,500 crystals hand-stitched on it. She wore the dress to a fundraiser event at the Madison Square Garden, New York, in 1962, where she also sang ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ to then president John F Kennedy ahead of his 45th birthday. The custom dress is believed to be so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it. Designed by Jean Louis, the sheer dress was sold by Julien’s Auctions on November 17th, 2016 in Los Angeles for $4.81 million.
Elizabeth Hurley’s black Versace dress
Actor Elizabeth Hurley made a bold fashion choice when she stepped out wearing a black Versace dress for the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. The dress, which was held together by golden colored oversized safety pins, created such a buzz that it even has a Wikipedia page dedicated to it. It is also referred to as THAT dress.
What do you think of these looks?