As the stars pose for the cameras on the red carpet, there is a lot going on. But the real action happens before that when the glam teams fix the A-listers’ hair, makeup, and dresses. But even the best beauty products and stylists in the world can’t stop a questionable fashion choice from making people talk. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of Hollywood’s most daring looks that split the fashion world in two.
Cardi B, a rapper, singer, songwriter, and all-around star from New York, wore a dress that almost flowed as well as her rhymes when she walked down the red carpet at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2019. Cardi’s vintage Thierry Mugler couture dress made her look like Venus. She came out of a shimmering pink oyster shell wearing a gold scaled bodice, a pearl hat, and a pearl necklace. That’s one way to make people feel like they’ve been hit by a bomb! Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, won the prestigious Grammy for Best Rap Album for her album “Invasion of Privacy.” She was the first solo woman to win the Grammy for Best Rap Album.
When Katy Perry went to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, she raised the roof and stole the show. At a previous event, she stole the show in a Fallen Angel costume with gold armor. She had a lot of fun dressing up as a big hamburger the year before. Katy is known for going all out, and she did just that on the red-and-pink carpet when she wore Moschino’s giant chandelier costume. A reporter asked Katy, “Is that a chandelier on your head, or are you just happy to see me?” She is said to have laughed out loud.
Amber Rose, whose real name is Amber Rose Levonchuck, is well-known as a model these days. But before she became famous on her own, she was best known for dating Kanye West, who goes by the name Ye. At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the curvy beauty wore a silver chain-link dress that showed off her curves. She was married to the rapper Wiz Khalifa at the time. Since then, she’s been with Machine Gun Kelly and Alexander Edwards, who works for the Def Jam record label. It’s a good thing that nobody at the awards ceremony talked about her crew cut. If they had, Wiz might have said, “Don’t say my wife’s name in front of me!”
It was on May 4, 2015. The Met Museum of Art in New York City was the place. The Met Ball was the event. The show was called “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and Beyoncé Knowles was the star. She sparkled as she walked down the red carpet in a Givenchy dress with Swarovski crystals. But because it had so many rhinestones, gems, and rocks, it was one of the heaviest dresses she’s ever worn. The former Destiny’s Child singer won everyone’s hearts and minds that night, and the outfit has since become one of her most popular Met Gala looks.
When Kim Kardashian went to the Met Gala in 2021, she got a lot of attention on social media. “Celebrating in America: A Lexicon of Fashion” was the theme, and Kim later said she didn’t understand what Balenciaga’s creative director Demna had in mind for the event. It’s easy to see why Kim didn’t understand why she should cover her face. We can only guess that Demna was influenced by Quentin Tarantino’s groundbreaking 1994 movie Pulp Fiction and its character The Gimp. Kim nearly missed the whole event. At first, in the dark, her group couldn’t find her. Then, when they did find her, they were told, “The Gimp’s Sleeping.” Sorry about all the dad jokes.
Even though it’s been more than twenty years since Baywatch star Carmen Electra was at the top of her game, she looked amazing at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards. She was so stunning that Kim Kardashian wore an ivory satin dress with no back and no torso after seeing her. A clear string at the back was the only thing that kept the dresses together. When Carmen saw the dress, she posted a side-by-side photo on Instagram so that people could compare the two. But Carmen wasn’t upset that Kardashian copied her style. Instead, she said she still has her dress from 1998 and was flattered that Kim would make a new version of her famous outfit.
Rita Ora was the best hostess at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she ran. During the glitzy evening, she wore thirteen eye-catching outfits to show off how “natural and real” she was as a presenter. Rita Sahatciu Ora, a British singer, started things off by singing in a fluffy white robe, a white towel, white sneakers, and £6 million ($7.5 million) worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery! But if you thought she just walked out of her hotel bathroom or was inspired by the song “Come As You Are” by Nirvana, you were wrong. After she sang, she changed into a longer robe that showed off her toned and tanned legs.
Kendall is a beautiful model, media personality, socialite, and the daughter of Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner. Here, she carefully climbs the stairs to the 2017 Met Gala in her fabulous dress. Don’t you hate it when you have to hold up your dress to show off your perfect behind? “Art of the In-Between” was the theme of the show that year, which looked at the work of Japanese avant-garde fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Kendall must have taken the theme to heart because her dress is so see-through that we can see most of it from the back.
Now this is how you steal the show at the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between” event. Vogue magazine’s fashion critics said Rihanna’s sculpted dress was “inspired by 18th-century punks” and made of floral fabrics that were layered and pulled apart like petals. The best way for the same team to describe it was as “a full-on fashion fantasy.” Even though we might be partial to Rihanna, she totally killed it on the red carpet. Baudelaire’s Encyclopedia of 18th Century Punks says that they all carried parasols to keep the sun off their faces. You’d think Rihanna, of all people, would have remembered her umbrella.
Megan Fox looked great as she walked down the red carpet at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. The actress arrived with her musician boyfriend, Machine Gun Kelly, wearing a custom Mugler midi dress that hugged her curves and was completely see-through. It had subtle shimmery embroidery. She did this to look like Rose McGowan’s famous “naked” dress from the 1999 VMAs. Megan wore a silver thong with stones on it underneath, and she added Lorraine Schwartz earrings and Jimmy Choo heels to make her look even more stunning. This is a red carpet look that will go down in history, and it might be one of the best things the actress has worn so far.
Lady Gaga caused quite a stir when she wore the famous “meat dress” by designer Franc Fernandez to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Yes, her whole outfit was a dress made from pieces of raw meat. Producers couldn’t figure out what was going on and asked, “Is there steak on her head?” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president Ingrid Newkirk said something about the meat dress because it caused so much controversy. After the event, vegan Elle DeGeneres gave Lady Gaga a bikini and skirt made of lettuce and other vegetables. It was a very funny gift!
There’s that woman again! Here is a picture of Kim Kardashian posing for a picture at the Met Gala in New York City in 2022. This year, the theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” and she wasn’t inspired by the all-American Carmen Electra. Instead, Marilyn Monroe, the most American thing she could think of, was what she was drawn to. Kim surprised the fashion world when she wore Marilyn Monroe’s famous glittery dress and had platinum blonde hair. Marilyn wore the dress for the first time when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday in 1962. The dress sold at auction for $4.8 million, and it needs to be kept in a dark vault at 68 degrees and between 40 and 50 percent humidity.
Who can forget when J-Lo wore this famous emerald silk chiffon dress to the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards? It is now worth between $100,000 and $200,000. Can you believe it was so long ago, in the year 2000? Jenny From The Block was on the front page of newspapers because her V-shaped dress went down to just below her belly button. It might have been the first dress to go viral. But J-Lo hasn’t broken the internet. Instead, she’s helped build it! Eric Schmidt, who used to be the CEO of Google, said that the dress was the most popular search query they’d ever seen, and that’s why they made Google Images.
People have caused a stir on the catwalk before, but no one like Bjork. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, the Icelandic singer wore a swan dress and then pretended to lay an egg on the red carpet. Her dress was made by the Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. It was “a full-body stocking that was covered with a giant swan whose neck wrapped around her with its head and beak resting on her breasts.” People talked about the dress for weeks, and some said it was “the fashion faux pas of the year.” Still, the Daily Telegraph in the UK named it the ninth most famous red carpet dress of all time in 2008.
Nicki Minaj, who is known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop,” stopped traffic at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, which took place at New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall. The rapper wore a sheer dress that was completely see-through, revealing a cream bodysuit with black piping underneath. From the back, the bodysuit has crisscrossing straps that almost cover her booty! She finished off the outfit with a choker and waist belt from Off-White that went together. Nicki drew a lot of attention when she wore hoop earrings, jewellery with diamonds, and metallic sandals with high heels. This led to a few traffic accidents.
Looking to feel old? This is Lizzy Gardiner in 1995, when she walked the red carpet at the Oscars. The 67th Academy Awards are over. We just had the 92nd Oscars ceremony, and this decade will be the 100th anniversary. The Australian costume designer, who won the Best Costume Design award for her flashy designs for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, shone in a dress made from 254 gold American Express cards. If you thought she looked like a million bucks, it turns out that all of the American Express credit cards were real, but they were all past their expiration dates.
Billie Eilish wore a ruffled, off-the-shoulder, black custom Gucci dress to the Oscars. The dress had several layers of fabric and a big shape. But it didn’t make everyone happy. One Tik-Tok critic said that Billie was one of the worst-dressed stars at the Oscars and added, “I’m sick of her sh*t.” In typical Billie fashion, she sent back her own video in which she turned off the camera while sitting on the toilet. Billie and her brother Finneas won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the title song from the 007 movie No Time to Die, which they wrote with Finneas. Do you think that the Tik-Tok critic has ever won an Oscar for writing and performing a James Bond theme song? No, we didn’t think so.