THE HISTORY OF THE NAKED DRESS

Let's talk about the naked dress! 

The once provocative gown dates back to at least 1962 when Marilyn Monroe wore a scandalously sheer Jean Louis gown to sing, 'Happy Birthday Mr President.'. 

However, Marilyn was certainly not the last to make an impact on fashion and pop culture by modelling the naked dress. In 1993 Kate Moss brought the barely-there dress into the 90s with her iconic sheer dress moment at the Elite Model Agency's party. With minimal makeup and her hair slicked back, Moss styled the sheer metallic gown with nothing more than a black thong and cigarette. 

Moss tells British Vogue she had no idea that the dress was so revealing. 'It was the flash that made it look naked ’cause actually the fabric when I was wearing it, when I went out I didn’t think it was that see-through. But, obviously, it was.'

Since Moss we have seen the naked dress dominate the red carpet and more recently in its most modern form on Nicola Peltz, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora. 

The revival of sheer fabrications throughout fashion also functions as a medium for social and political commentary. Trend forecaster Jessica Richards tells Marie Claire that the sheer trend has been propelled by a 'post-lockdown and post-restrictions sentiment to be "seen" in the world again.' Additionally, the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 resulted in something Richards likes to call "dressing with empowerment". Similarly in the 1990s (where the current fashion inspiration is drawn from), sheer dressing was linked to power. The emulation of nakedness promotes a woman's body as her own and not to be ignored. 

 

 

[ Ancient Greek / BIA : the goddess of "power, strength and raw energy” ] 

 

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