10 Most Shocking Red Carpet Outfits You’ve Ever Seen


Micaela Schäfer

While some celebrities try to dress in a way that will make them look best before the cameras, others choose to dress to surprise and even shock. And here’s the thing, there’s a time and a place for everything. Sometimes it’s ok for celebs to dress in a very provocative way, after all, they’re there to be noticed. However, some of the outfits might have us, as the audience, in complete shock and even outrage. The shocking outfits range from ‘a bit over the top’ to ‘holy molly what were they thinking’. So let’s take a look at some of the most shocking red carpet dresses.

1. Micaela Schäfer at the Men in Black premiere

Let’s Start with this “dress” Micaela Schäfer wore to the 2012 Men in Black Premiere. It’s really difficult to call this a dress, since it’s barely there. As you can see this dress leaves nothing to imagination. Honestly, it looks like it’s made of old cassette tapes and a belt. However, if you google Micaela Schäfer, you’ll realise that she’s no stranger to just painting her outfits on, so this is actually one of her modest outfits.

Micaela Schäfer

2. Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Rihanna is no stranger to showing off her figure and we love her for that. She’s got a great body and it should be seen. But this was one of those times a lot of us thought she went a bit too far. At the CFDA fashion awards in 2014 Rihanna was pretty much naked. The pink sparkly dress was completely see through. The only thing she had to cover up the strategic bits was her fluffy pink boa, but it didn’t really help.

Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards

3. Bjork at the Oscars 2001

Compared to the previous two dresses, this one is just a humorous addition to the list. This dress was shocking not because it showed too much skin, but because it was such a funny and unexpected choice. Leave it to Bjork to shock people with a whimsical dress and add some controversy to the otherwise very formal event.

Bjork at the Oscars 2001

4. Elizabeth Hurley at the Funeral Premiere

At this point in time we wouldn’t even look twice at this dress. Yes, it shows a lot of cleavage and yes, it has cutouts on the sides. These days it’s not something we’d consider shocking. We see celebs show up to events almost naked. But back in 1994 this dress created a lot of controversy and was discussed for days on end, for being so provocative and shocking. This little throwback just goes to show that it was much either to shock people with your outfits in 1994.

Elizabeth Hurley at the Funeral Premiere

5. Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s

Remember that time Jennifer Lopez showed up for Grammy’s wearing essentially beachwear? Wasn’t that fun? It was a bold move for sure. The dress, if we can call it that, showed off not only JLo’s cleavage, but also her midriff in one great swoop. It looked like Jennifer might’ve been lounging next to her pool and suddenly remembered that she’s late for Grammy’s and decided ‘to hell with it, I’m fabulous, I’ll just wear this’.

Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s

6. Rose McGowan at the VMAs

1998 was a weird time for everyone. Marilyn Manson seems strangely colorful for his usual dark self and Rose McGowan is basically naked on the red carpet. What was she thinking? According to Rose, she thought it would be funny. Also, she didn’t expect for the dress to be that revealing. She wanted something that would be provocative in the back, something that would cause a stir, but she received the dress only the night before the VMA’s and was surprised at how revealing it was in the front. Nevertheless, she decided to be a good sport and wear the dress. She later described that decision as “punk AF”.

Rose McGowan at the VMAs

7. Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

When did the adorable Hannah Montana grow up so fast and become the scandalous Miley Cyrus? It was rather jarring at first, when she cut her hair and started dressing all crazy. But I feel like at this point we’ve made our peace with it. Nowadays we’re just used to her crazy outfits — it’s what Miley does best. Remember this dress? I fee like Miley gave Rose McGowan a run for her money with this one.

Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

8. Lady Gaga at the MTV 2010

Lady Gaga, the queen of crazy outfits. She definitely knows how to make a statement. You think you can shock anyone with a see-through dress? Or a dress made out of Swarovski crystals? How about you step up your game. Try wearing a dress made out of raw meat. Not only that, but also complete the outfit with a stake for a hat and shoes made out of meat.

Lady Gaga at the MTV 2010

9. Irina Shayk at the Oscar Party 2015

Remember this super revealing dress? Did you also wonder if she’s had quite the moral dilemma when deciding whether she should wear flesh colored underwear or not wear it at all? In the end, as you can see she decided to go commando. Which is fine if you’re the only person that knows you’re going commando. It makes you feel like you’ve got a secret. I wonder if it feels the same when everyone knows your secret.

Irina Shayk at the Oscar Party 2015

10. Madonna at the Met Gala 2016

Madonna was always inventive. She knows how to shock the public and keep herself interesting throughout her career. She’s no stranger to pointy bras and sexy outfits. She’s all about confidence and sex appeal. But do you ever think that perhaps at the age of 57 it’s probably about time to stop showing off your boobs and buttcheeks in such an obvious way?

Madonna at the Met Gala 2016


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