The Most Iconic Naked Dresses of All Time

Elinor Block

Some would argue that the naked dress trend made a bona fide arrival in 2014 when Rihanna turned up at the CFDA Awards in a spiderweb-fine, Swarovski-studded Adam Selman gown. It was, for all intents and purposes, a very memorable way to pick up her Fashion Icon of the Year gong. Then, at the 2015 Met Gala, Beyoncé dropped jaws in a barely there mesh creation from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Kim Kardashian West made headlines when she chose a shimmering, sheer slip dress for New York Fashion Week (leaving her bra at home), and now model-of-the-moment Bella Hadid has donned one of the sheerest gowns we've ever set eyes on to make her presence felt at the Cannes Film Festival.

But none of these women are the originator of this trend. The naked dress actually dates well back into the early 1900s, with Theda Bara posing as Cleopatra in 1917, for example, or Josephine Baker in her unforgettable banana dance routine costume. 

Other fans of this particular brand of risqué include Cher (in many, many different designs from Bob Mackie), Jennifer Lopez (namely stunning the world in a plunging, bright green Versace dress at the 2001 Grammy Awards), and Liz Hurley (no one could ever forget the black safety-pin number she wore to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994). But don't just take our word for it, click through our gallery to find out the most iconic naked dresses of all time.

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