‘Naked Dresses’ in Red Carpet History

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Woah, there!

“It’s so modern to be naked or almost naked,” said Carolina Herrera, pointing to photos of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Met Gala. “They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No! The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.”

“They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything,” she added.


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Amber Rose stepped out to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and immediately turned heads and sent us back to a time warp into 1998.

Amber skipped the pants but made up for it with extra chains when she arrived at the VMAs looking half naked in this Laura Dewitt head-turning, body-baring getup.

We can’t help but be reminded of Rose McGowan’s infamous barely there “dress” that she wore to the 1998 VMAs when she went with Marilyn Manson.

Admittedly, Rose’s skimpy ensemble showed more skin than Amber’s. Rose bared her boobs and booty, while Amber is slightly more covered up—relatively speaking.

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We think that this calls for a new nickname for the two stars: Amber Rose McGowan.

Now, we’ve gotta ask: Who wore it better?

When Amber Rose stepped out in her chainlink Laurel DeWitt number at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, she joined the ranks of “naked dress”-wearing celebrities. It’s a very particular group of women wearing dresses not just to show off one of their assets (J.Lo’s plunging cleavage in that green gown at the 2000 Grammys? Child’s play…) but all of their bodies at once. Here, we celebrate some of the world’s most fearless female celebs in all their body-baring glory. (WARNING: NSFW!)

Marilyn Monroe at the White House in 1962

The original wearer of the naked dress? Marilyn Monroe. She was known for wearing dresses that made you wonder “am I seeing something I’m not supposed to see?” on several occasions, most notably in Some Like It Hot and when singing Happy Birthday to President Kennedy in 1962.

Photos: REX

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Written by Carolina Calisto

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The only thing I love more than spending all of my money on clothes is having a karaoke night with my colleagues. Neither are very good for my social life.When not doing either of these things, you'll most likely find me abroad, posting pictures of my feet on the beach or my cocktail in a pineapple.