When it comes to the red carpet, all eyes are on the women. Sure, some male stars who are most frequently seen in jeans and a t-shirt may get a few eyebrow raises at how well they clean up in a fitted suit and tie. More often than not, however, the men tend to blend together. The women? That’s a whole different story.
For female celebrities, the red carpet is a high stakes catwalk. Whether they’re attending the red carpet event in anticipation of potentially winning an award, or just to support their fellow entertainment industry folks, all eyes are on those gowns. The question "who are you wearing?" peppers the entire red carpet, from the minute a female celeb steps out of her limo to the minute she’s in her seat. The biggest designer names are dying to get a female celeb into one of their custom haute couture gowns, because they know that all that red carpet attention will mean big sales.
So, at the end of the day, the dress a female celeb picks to wear on the red carpet – or, commonly, what her stylist picks for her to wear – is a huge decision. Do you go classic or bold? Do you go with a sleek, figure-hugging look or a voluminous ball gown? Do you wear a neutral, blush colored gown or go all-out with a vibrant emerald green? The options are truly limitless.
While the majority of celebs opt to go a bit more conservative when it comes to gowns, playing with the texture, color and cut rather than the length of the garment, some celebs are determined to show off all their hard work at the gym in a revealing dress.
Here are 10 of the most revealing dresses in red carpet history. Whether celebs wore them strutting down the red carpet for music awards shows, film awards or film premieres, these gowns definitely raised quite a few eyebrows when they showed up on camera.
Here are 10 of the most revealing dresses in red carpet history.
10 Jennifer Lopez - 2000 Grammy Awards
Now, we’re not saying that the green Versace dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards put her on the map, but… well, it kind of did. It was a year after her debut album, she was gaining popularity in the music industry, and she showed up on the arm of then-boyfriend Sean Combs.
All eyes were on her, and she absolutely floored them with her choice of attire. The dress had semi-sheer printed fabric on the bottom, but the wow factor came from the deep, deep plunging V neckline. Whether you loved it or hated it, you can’t ignore that the dress absolutely set the media on fire, immediately eclipsing any other garment on the red carpet at that event.
9 Rose McGowan - 1998 MTV Video Music Awards
In the late 1990s, Rose McGowan was dating shock rocker Marilyn Manson, so it only seems fitting that she would want to shock with her choice of gown at the MTV Video Music Awards. The dress she wore can barely be described as a dress – it’s essentially a cleverly woven, completely see-through front, with what is essentially a series of strings covering her backside.
If it sounds bizarre, that’s because it is. She added the cherry on top by wearing a leopard print thong underneath the ensemble. Well, if anyone wanted to know what McGowan looked like naked, they pretty much got the entire picture thanks to this scandalous dress.
8 Gwyneth Paltrow - Iron Man 3 Premiere
Ah, the dress that told us a bit more than we ever wanted to know about Gwyneth Paltrow's grooming habits...
Paltrow turned up at the premiere of Iron Man 3 in a fashion-forward gown. It had a fairly conservative silhouette that was strategically sexed up thanks to sheer panels along the sides. However, it seems that she may not have done a test run of the dress, because she soon figured out that the sheer panels revealed a little more than she had intended.
People had to start scrambling for a razor; she was likely taking baby steps to make sure she didn’t flash anyone her unmentionables… though no woman wants panty lines on her gorgeous dress, let’s just say wearing some underwear on the red carpet would have served Paltrow well in this case.
7 Bleona Qereti - 2014 American Music Awards
Who exactly is Bleona Qereti? Well, she’s a singer who’s worked with some big names in the music industry, but she hasn’t exactly turned herself into the next Beyonce – in fact, most people probably don’t even know who she is. Apparently, she decided to follow the old saying that all press is good press, and figured she could turn herself into a household name by scandalizing on the red carpet.
She turned up to the 2014 American Music Awards in basically a thong, pasties, and a floor length mesh dress (with long sleeves, obviously, to keep things classy). Everyone definitely noticed her – but not for her talent. She wasn’t the slightest bit embarrassed about her wardrobe choice, although she stated in an interview that her parents were utterly humiliated. Well…
6 Rihanna - 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards
If you’re going to show up in a risky, avant-garde ensemble, the CFDA Awards are a much better bet than the Oscars or Academy Awards. After all, you’ll be surrounded with individuals from the fashion industry who take risks when it comes to their wardrobes and are not averse to seeing something a little outside the box. With all that said, Rihanna still shocked everyone with her outfit choice in 2014.
She showed up in a floor length, sleeveless, sparkly mesh gown that left absolutely nothing to the imagination. She had the sense to wear some nude underwear underneath the ensemble, but decided to go braless in the nearly backless dress. She did a little peep show on the red carpet, carrying a fur stole that she sometimes draped around her upper body and then dropped.
Well, one thing’s for sure – Ri Ri knows how to make a statement.
5 Jaimie Alexander - Thor: The Dark World Los Angeles Premiere
When you’re heading to the premiere of a film as anticipated as Thor: The Dark World, you know that you’ll have to go above and beyond to stand out on the red carpet – after all, everyone is just interested in seeing Thor.
Jaimie Alexander came clad in a long black gown – with a few risqué cutouts. Basically, the floor length, long-sleeved black gown had cut outs exposing ample cleavage, a curved section of her stomach, a flash of hip, derrière, and a whole lot of leg. It’s definitely not a gown for the shy, and while the gown was pretty stunning in her still shots, we wonder how she was ensuring she didn’t show off anything X-rated during her strut down the red carpet.
4 Kelly Brook - Snatch London Premiere
British model Kelly Brook is known for her curvaceous figure and sex appeal, so it probably comes as no surprise to see her on this list – she’s definitely not one to shy away from flaunting what she’s got.
At the London premiere of Snatch way back in the day, Kelly showed up in a vibrant pinkish-purple gown. Although, calling it a gown might be a little generous – it was basically a sparkly swimsuit with a bit of extra fabric trailing down the one side. The gown showed off pretty much every single one of her assets and definitely got a lot of attention from the media.
3 Micaela Schaefer - Men in Black 3 Berlin Premiere
Micaela Shaefer isn’t exactly a household name in North America, but back in her native Germany, she dabbles in all aspects of the entertainment industry, working as an actress, DJ, nude model, TV presenter and more.
When Men in Black 3 rolled into Berlin, she seemingly decided that it was her moment to get some media attention, and showed up in… well, what we can only describe as strips of a cut up garbage bag. She was basically naked, with some thin black fabric strips draped across her that moved around as she strutted her stuff on the red carpet. She probably won herself some new male fans that night.
2 Irina Shayk - Vanity Fair Oscars Party 2015
When it comes to revealing red carpet dresses, lots and lots of sheer panels seems to be the gown in vogue lately. It’s probably not a big deal for Irina Shayk to wear a gown that covers next-to-nothing, seeing as she’s a model who is frequently changing backstage surrounded by other models or posing on beaches in swimwear.
However, it stunned plenty of those who took a peek at snaps of her at the event. Shayk wore a long black gown with so many cut-outs on one side, it appeared as if she was dressed almost entirely in a mesh bodysuit from certain angles. It was a risqué choice, to say the least.
1 Beyoncé - Met Ball Gala 2015
Let’s be serious – when it comes to sparkly outfits, Queen B can pretty much do no wrong. So, it likely comes as no surprise that her revealing, sparkly Met Ball gown had a huge amount of wow factor. The dress was ultra-revealing, showing off every inch of her toned physique, something that she definitely accentuated with some booty-popping poses.
However, for whatever reason - maybe just the sheer fact that she’s Beyoncé and could pull off a potato sack flawlessly - it just worked in a way that many other revealing dresses don’t. The strategically placed sparkles covered all the important bits, and she basically slayed it on that red carpet.