Cher couldn’t believe people’s reactions when she first stepped out in a “naked dress”.
In a new video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series, the superstar has broken down 22 of her most famous looks and costumes, with the ensembles extending from the early 1960s until the present.
But while Cher has worn many rule-breaking outfits over the years, she pinpointed the nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim that she sported to the 1974 Met Gala and on the March 1975 cover of TIME magazine as one of her most provocative.
“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” she said. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”
Another one of Cher’s iconic outfits has to be the black beaded crop top and skirt, also by Mackie, which she donned when serving as a presenter at the Oscars in 1986.
“This was one of my favourite, favourite outfits. I came to Bob with an idea. I said, ‘I want to have a mohawk, and I want to do something that is not actually Indian, but I want it to be so over-the-top that it’s next week.’ He came back with this. The beautiful shawl was cashmere. I loved the whole thing,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I had the idea mostly because the Academy didn’t really like me. They hated the way I dressed, and I had young boyfriends and they thought I wasn’t serious. So, I came out and said, ‘As you can see, I got my handbook on how to dress like a serious actress.'”
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