The 39 Most Naked Dresses of All Time
Naked dresses remain among the most impressive of all red carpet feats. While we've now grown used to spotting barely-there designs and expertly-placed material on nearly every celebrity red carpet (including major award shows, like the Golden Globes and the Oscars), they never fail to leave us impressed.
However, not every celebrity is a fan of going super sheer or enjoys rocking cutouts. After all, you're risking major wardrobe malfunctions with this fashion choice, and you have to have that extra dose of confidence to truly own your outfit, ensuring that you look fierce — not terrified — in photographs.
Take Naomi Campbell's appearance in Valentino's Spring/Summer 2019 Couture show, for instance, where she boldly walked the runway wearing a full, naked gown with a ruffled skirt. Or, reflect back on Rihanna’s famous, sparkling CFDA dress, which even came complete with a matching thong (commitment!). These are the celebrity naked dress moments that we'll never forget. They were daring, fun, and downright historic.
In case you need a refresher, or are simply feeling the lull between now and the next major, headline-making look, click through to see the best naked dresses of all time.
Ok, so, it's technically not a dress. But, considering we were in the middle of pandemic when Hadid traded in comfy clothes for a fully sheer, cutout shirt for 2020's MTV VMAs, we have to give her some credit. A historic naked look, for sure.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Earlier in 2020, while grabbing dinner post-Golden Globes, the actress opted to give everyone a glimpse of her legs and waist, stepping out in a sheer design by Kukhareva London.
Paltow's sheer Fendi number from the 2020 Golden Globes brought back memories of her naked gown from the 2002 Oscars. This time around, she matched the long-sleeved layer to a gauzy bra and underwear set.
Her Euphoria character, Rue, may have an easy, relaxed sense of style, but Zendaya was all old Hollywood glamour at the 2019 Emmys, where she wore an illusion dress from Vera Wang that featured a slightly sheer bodice.
Naomi Campbell Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
After a 14 year break, Naomi Campbell returned to the Valentino Haute Couture runway and closed out the show in a voluminous sheer gown.
In theory, a gray lace dress sounds boring, but when the Orange Is the New Black star wore this sheer option to the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, she proved that isn't always the case.
Forget your typical mesh and lace. Rita Ora had fun with the naked dress trend, walking the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in a playful, squiggle design by Jean Paul Gaultier.
For the same award show, Haddish chose a black and white, peek-a-boo Naeem Khan number, which was styled with classic hoop earrings.
Expertly-placed jewels kept Winnie Harlow's Zuhair Murad gown from coming off as super revealing, but the minute she struck a pose, we notice how much skin was put on display with this subtly-sexy design.
Gaga had the ability to pull a quickchange at the 2018 Grammys, where she wore a sheer lace, Armani Privé jumpsuit that featured a detachable skirt.
Even the underwear under Klum's sheer 2018 Grammys dress had strategically-placed cutouts.
Berry's 2018 NAACP Image Awards included sheer panels down the front and the back, which showed off her legs and butt.
While we tend to envision Paris in pastels and rhinestones, she chose a sexier, sultry gown for the 2018 Golden Globes after-party, arriving in a see-through, fishnet-detailed design.
Yes, long-sleeves and sheer can be an elegant and timeless combination. The actress proved this was the case at the 2018 Golden Globes, where she stepped out in a plunging dress that showed off her long legs.
Hudson's diamond pendant necklace really popped against super low-cut, sheer black dress at the 2018 Golden Globes.
If a Disney princess wanted to modernize her look, she might steal the actress' sheer Dior Haute Couture dress from the 2017 Venice Film Festival, which included strategically placed flowers.
If not for that dramatic train, it would have seemed as if Hadid was simply wearing a pair of bejeweled, beige underwear at the 2017 amfAR Gala at Cannes.
Ratajkowski stole the spotlight at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2017, gracing the red carpet in a Peter Dundas all-over sheer lace jumpsuit, which also featured a major cutout bodice and a grand, tiered train.
Jenner pulled a Beyoncé at the 2017 Met Gala, arriving in a sheer Versace gown that hugged her curves and showed off her legs.
None of the Kar-Jenner ladies play when it comes to the Met Gala. In 2017, Kendall showed up wearing a La Perla Haute Couture gown, which was described as stones affixed to a "single thread." (Yes, really.)
No one can forget Berry's historic Oscars win, or the sheer dress she wore while accepting the award in 2002. But it turns out the actress wasn't done making naked fashion statements. She later wore another sheer design — this time, a jumpsuit with a billowing, metallic train and beaded embellishments — to the 2017 Met Gala.
La La Anthony
We got magical sorceress vibes from Anthony at the 2017 Met Gala, where she struck a pose in a completely sheer, black Thai Nguyen Atelier gown, complete with beaded embellishments.
Paltrow no doubt stunned in this sheer-paneled look at 2013's Iron Man 3 premiere, but she decided to keep it real later on, admitting she needed to scramble to find a razor moments before the red carpet.
Alexander risked a wardrobe malfunction at the 2013 Thor premiere, when she arrived wearing a jaw-dropping, black naked dress.
Ora was nearly naked at the 2015 Oscars after-party, turning to show off a gown that bared most of her backside.
It was half sheer bodysuit, half gown, and a whole lot of whoa for Irina Shayk at the 2015 Oscars after-party.
When you've got it, flaunt it — and J.Lo did just that at the 2015 Met Gala, where a sheer, red-beaded Atelier Versace gown hugged her famous curves.
Thorne's 2016 Critics' Choice Awards gown from Steven Khalil sparkled and shined — and put half of her body on display — as she made her way down the red carpet.
The singer and designer set bar high for naked dresses of the future, choosing to the go the glam (yet still see-through) route at the 2014 CFDA Awards, wearing a crystal-embellished Adam Selman gown. It was definitely a historic fashion moment — which is pretty fitting considering she took home the Fashion Icon Award that night.
Queen Bey showed up late to the 2015 Met Gala, but she made sure to arrive in style, walking the famous red steps a sheer illusion design by Givenchy.
The actress turned heads at the 2016' Harper’s Bazaar Icons party, wearing a naked dress designed by Julien Macdonald. The piece actually combined two daring trends in one: A plunging neckline and sheer panels on her hips.
In 2017, Westworld star Angela Sarafyan showed up to the Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Young Hollywood party in what can best be described as a sleek strip of fabric. The white Celia Kritharioti gown featured wide sheer panels on both sides of her body, bearing everything from side-boob to side-butt.
Never one to be upstaged by her famous friends and family members, Kardashian also went sheer for the 2015 Met Gala red carpet. TBD if she was testing out SKIMS prototypes at the time, as the brand was apparently in the works for 15 years prior to its launch.
It might not be a dress, but this sheer jumpsuit from 2012 still deserves a naked look shoutout. Somehow, it's revealing yet super sweet, all at the same time.
Lopez is no stranger to the naked dress. This 2015 Billboard Music Awards look is proof she knows how to make the most of a sheer, statement-making moment.
The model's day job tends to involve revealing designs, so it's no surprise she owned this naked dress at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
Here, we delve into the honorable mention category. While these dresses don't have sheer panels, Teigen's super-high slit cannot be ignored.
Hadid's slit at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2016 went all the way to the top of her hip.
Ciara's entire leg popped out from underneath her gown at the 2016 Grammy Awards, solidifying her place on this fabulous list.