The Met Gala, held every spring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the weather turns from cold and rainy to warm and sunny, has turned heads over the past few years due to some of its nearly nude models. This year, it was Kim Kardashian, star of the Reality TV’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and singers Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez who took center stage. The three nearly nude celebrities appeared at the Met Gala in their sheer gowns whose beads and crystals were placed strategically in order to leave as little as possible to the imagination.
Beyonce, who made a surprise appearance at the annual event, strode alongside husband Jay Z. donning a Givenchy gown with her hair put up in a ponytail, leaving the ends teased in curls. Kardashian’s gown was Peter Dunda’s first dress for Roberto Cavalli and featured intricately designed beadwork, which allowed the viewer a glimpse of some of her unmentionables.
Featuring a white feathered fur train, critics pointed out that her dress very much resembled Beyonce’s outfit of the 2012 Met Gala event, in which the latter graced the carpet in a sheer black beaded dress, which featured a feathered purple fur train. Despite the similarities, Kardashian claimed it was inspired by Cher’s white feathered sheer gown from the 1974 Met Gala, which Kardashian tweeted to her out followers after the event as proof.
Celebrities, year after year, have made the Met Gala event a contest to see how far they could push the envelope as far as dressing down to the minimum goes. The ironic thing with their outfits is that the less some of them seem to wear, the more elegant they appear at the same time.
Inspired originally by the video era of the 1980s and 90s, celebrities as well as artists gradually began to grow more minimal in dress. In 2003, Britney Spears seemed to break the sight barrier with her Toxic video, when she wore a white string bikini underneath her sheer body suit. Rihanna, in 2007, outdid Spears in her Umbrella video donning silver body paint. Once these revealing getups poured over into formal evening wear, anything became possible and less became more, and at the same time, surprisingly more elegant. 2015 was an especially good year for the nearly nudes, including these ‘glowing’ celebrities over the past two years.
Though not especially known for her fine taste, Hilton seemed to do a good job pulling off an elegant year at Charnel Zoe’s flagship store opening. Her sequins gown designed by Zoe herself covered very little, but made her look more elegant than when fully dressed.
At the Vanity Fair after-party following the 2015 Oscars, the Sports Illustrated cover model took things to a new level with a jumper that was entirely see-thru. It was only thanks to a single black panel that covered up her vitals.
Though Rihanna, unlike Beyonce and others, attended the Met Gala fully clothed, at the 2014 CFDA awards the star’s body glittered through its see-thru designer masterpiece, accented by a pink shawl which she wore around her shoulders.
Lady Victoria Hervey
Her gown at the 2014 Golden Globes set a new standard. Designed by Guarav Gupta, it featured only glittering black slashes, which streaked across her body and stopped before reaching the sides. This made the British socialite appear, when turned to the side, completely naked head to toe.
Her long lace gown, which she wore at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon, gave fans who were old enough to remember memories of Little House of the Prairie. With its graceful flow down to the floor, it was quite a daunting task to retain the classic look, while keeping it current with the times.
While some models, most notably Lopez, have had a history turning heads as nearly nudes at the Met Gala, she stopped short of taking her red dragon embroidered Donatella Versace sheer gown up to the same notch as the others. While Us Weekly wrote that “the Kardashian butt” appeared to be more curvaceous, in the end, it was Lopez’s creative genius that outshone the others as ‘nearly dressed.’
Opinion by Bill Ades