While some celebrities always have the best dressed list in mind when they choose an outfit for the red carpet, others want to become front page news, despite what fashion critics may think. Nothing makes a bigger fashion statement than nudity, and these celebrities pushed the envelope as far as they could.
See a few of the most outrageous red carpet dresses, outfits that were designed to shock, and succeeded in their goal.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Antonio Berardi Sheer Panel Dress
While the actress doesn’t usually go for a shocking look, Gwyneth Paltrow showed up at the Iron Man 3 premiere ready to draw all eyes on her.
The sheer side panels in her dress made sure that everyone would know she wasn’t wearing any underwear.
Lil Kim 1999 VMAs Outfit
The VMAs have always been the right place to display some of the most outrageous red carpet dresses, but Lil Kim set the bar insanely high in 1999. Wearing purple overalls that left one of her breasts completely exposed, except for the nipple, Lil Kim even got fondled by Dianna Ross when the two took the stage to present an award.
Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello Cut-Out Dress
If you didn’t know the thigh bone connected to the hip bone, Anja Rubik’s 2012 Met Gala dress worked as an anatomy lesson. With a slit that went higher than her belly button, the Polish model also revealed sideboob and underboob in her Anthony Vaccarello dress.
Rihanna in Jean Paul Gaultier Fluffy See-Thru Dress
The singer seems to choose every outfit to compete with the most outrageous red carpet dresses. The perfect mix of WTF fashion and showing too much skin, her 2011 Grammy Awards outfit combines sheer paneling with white ruffles for a mesmerizing effect. At the 2014 CFDA Awards, Rihanna took her red carpet philosophy even further, with her breasts on full display under a mesh of Swarovski crystals.
Adrienne Bailon in Very Sheer Dress
At a 2012 Escape To Total Rewards event, singer and actress Adrienne Bailon has one of the most epic wardrobe malfunctions of all time. While a few ruffles of fabric were supposed to cover the sheer bottom she wore without any underwear, the wind interfered, giving the paparazzi a chance to snap pictures of… everything.
Toni Braxton 2001 Grammys Dress
Wearing what seemed to be like a few scrapes of fabric, Toni Braxton managed to show off one of the most outrageous red carpet dresses ever at the 2001 Grammys. At least her dress left room for underwear, in case she decided to wear any.
Erin Wasson Barely-There “Dress”
The outfit chosen by model Erin Wasson for the 2012 InStyle Golden Globes after-party might as well come from a lingerie store, because its peekaboo details make it more underwear than dress.
Jennifer Lopez 2000 Grammys Dress
One of the few dresses to have its own Wikipedia page, Jennifer Lopez’ Versace outfit from the 2000 Grammys is legendary. Even though it’s clearly one of the most outrageous red carpet dresses, it had been worn twice before, without receiving the same amount of attention: former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell wore it to the NRJ Music Awards and even Donatella herself wore the dress at the Met Gala.
Heidi Klum in Julien MacDonald Plunging Dress
At the 2013 Academy Awards, Heidi Klum opted for a golden gown with a plunging neckline. Her cleavage was one of the main attractions on the red carpet, outshining many A-listers on the biggest night in Hollywood.
M.I.A. in Sheer Maternity Look
Some of the most outrageous red carpet dresses are remembered for pushing boundaries without becoming tasteless. M.I.A. redefined maternity fashion with the sheer dress she wore at the 2009 Grammys. The singer was 9 months pregnant, but still managed to deliver an electric performance.
Lady Victoria Hervey in Gaurav Gupta Sheer Dress
English model and socialite Lady Victoria Hervey chose a revealing sheer gown for the 2014 Golden Globes. While the dress did cover almost everything it was supposed to, it made a clear statement about underwear being optional on the red carpet.
Jaimie Alexander in Azzaro Sheer Dress
Putting the sheer panels front and center, Jaimie Alexander wore one of the most outrageous red carpet dresses at the premiere of “Thor: The Dark World”. Despite pictures showing that she didn’t wear any underwear, the actress claimed that she didn’t go commando, explaining to Jay Leno that “There was something under there”.