In an industry where predicting future trends is key, It's sometimes nice to to take a little look back on some of the dresses that had the biggest of impacts on society. Controversy and shock value aren't new to the fashion industry, they are in fact what have sculpted some of todays biggest trends.
So today I'd like to talk about three dresses that certainly turned heads and dropped jaws throughout the years.
The Topless Dress
1970 was the time of an emerging new way of feminist thinking and questioning of gender roles in society. Due to this, Viennese designer Rudi Gernreich, chose a pretty bad time to create the ever so scandalous topless dress. It was perceived as highly offensive and the perfect example of men designing for women with the sole purpose of objectification. Although it did demonstrate fashions massive ability to shock a nation, most people viewed it as a tacky cheap shot. Funny how similar dresses have been created for this years S/S 2017 collections and nobody batted an eye, but the ladies of the seventies were not having any of this vulgar design.
Chers Moonstruck Dress
Hollywood designer Bob Mackie, Also known as 'The Sultan of Sequins,' was renowned for designing some of Cher's most Glamorous outfits, including the masterpiece she wore to accept her oscar in 1988 for her role in Moonstruck. Gasps and whoops were heard as she approached the stage in a fringed, feminine and deliberately provocative translucent dress. Unlike the youth of today, *cough, Miley, cough* Cher was not an attention seeking teen looking to make a few headlines. She was a mature, sophisticated star who felt comfortable enough in her own skin to show off the rocking body that she'd worked so hard for. In my eyes she definitely pulled this one off!
The Safety Pin Dress
Last, but not at all least, is a dress that demonstrated perfectly the power of fashion in the 1990's, designed by no other than the late Gianni Versace himself. A plunging neckline, oversized gold safety pins and the flash of a camera were all it took to broadcast this dress around the world and change Elizabeth Hurley's career. A combination of punk, old fashioned movie star glamour and what some would see as post-modern porn star glamour launched a whole new approach to dressing for the red carpet. Complete with untamed eyebrows, untethered hair and a voluptuous bust almost falling out of the gown, Hurley showed the paps just how much she cared what people thought of her. Notice her hunky date in the background, Yes that is a young Hugh Grant!
So here's an interesting challenge for you, my lovely readers, If you were to wake up in the morning with only the above three dresses to choose from, which would you opt to wear?
I'd definitely go for Elizabeths look, It's something that you'd undoubtedly see on one of todays celebrities. Think Rihanna with an oversized denim jacket and some funky sneakers. And if it would win me the affection of Hugh Grant for a night... I think I'd wear it every day of the week!
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