The evolution of the daring barely-there dress


From Beyonce to Rhianna, and J-Lo to Kim, this is one trend that has caused a stir on the red-carpet several times over the last year.

In fact, barely-there sheer gowns are becoming something of a regular fixture: at this year's famed Met Gala in New York, for example, Beyonce and Kimmy K went head-to-head in a dress-off as they both strutted their stuff and embraced near-nakedness.

We can't wait to see the next high-profile take on the trend, but until then, let's take a look through some of our absolute favourites…



Want to know who's responsible for kicking off the trend in the first place? Yup, that'll be Rhianna – a celebrity rather fond of the naked-look at the best of times. At the CFDA Awards a year ago, she wore a dusty pink, see-through dress, covered top-to-bottom in Swarovski crystals and made by designer Adam Selman.

Apparently Adam designed the dress for Ri-Ri, 27, as he admires her risk-taking and he really wanted to make a statement (well, he definitely achieved that).

Kim Kardashian:

​The reality TV star and wife of rapper Kanye West never looked better than she did when she stepped out onto the Met Ball red-carpet last month. Clad in a custom Roberto Cavalli by Peter Dundas dress, the 34-year-old really turned heads.

She also donned a slicked-back pony rather than tousled tresses, so as not to hide any of the stunning Cavalli creation. 

10/10, we say.


In a remarkably similar look to Kim's, 33-year-old Beyonce was equally impressive in skin-tight sheer Givenchy.

Riccardo Tisci had created the nude number which boasted only strategically placed jewels to hide Bey's modesty. The singer finished her look with a slicked back, curly ponytail, rosy pink lip and striking cat eye.

​She's no newbie to the trend either: the former Destiny's Child sported a stunning sheer gown to the same event the year before.


Jennifer Lopez:

But though the rest most certainly shine, we think the absolute queen of the sheer dress is none other than 45-year-old goddess Jennifer Lopez. She arrived in a see-through wonder at the Billboard Music Awards… and pretty much showed up absolutely everyone else. Is is daring? Absolutely. But does it work? Most definitely!

The mother-of-two also left nothing to the imagination at the 2015 Met Gala, arriving in a stunning red (well the little bit of material there was red, anyway) ball gown custom-made by Donatella Versace.

And let's not forget the singer's nearly-naked look for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party earlier this year. She looked more stunning than ever in a Zuhair Murad couture dress, which she accessorised with a white fur wrap.



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