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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: entertainment.ie, tvguide.com, dailymail.co.uk
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