Hollywood’s Thirst for Sheer Fabric Hit New Heights at the Oscars After Parties
America’s infatuation with opaque, body-obscuring clothing first began in the 17th century when the Puritans arrived on the Mayflower. After remaining the standard for most of the past few centuries, Hollywood decided last night that opaque clothing’s days are over. On the Oscars afterpart circuit, just about everyone and (quite literally in some cases) their mother wore sheer clothing.
Oh, nipples were freed. Curves were put on display. Sternums were teased. Naked dresses more than lived up to their name. Aside from the Best Picture-winning film, the thing that was truly everywhere all at once last night was sheer fabric.
The sheer amount of sheer fabric proved a definitive sheer in the history of red carpet fashion. While we can’t pretend to round up every last nearly naked dress in Los Angeles last night, here’s a healthy handful to give you an idea of just how prevalent the trend was.
The Classic Naked Dresses
Laura Harrier in Saint Laurent
Vittoria Ceretti in Ann Demeulemeester
Emily Ratajkowski in Feben.
Alessandra Ambrosio in Dundas.
Daisy Edgar-Jones in Gucci.
Emma Chamberlain in KNWLS.
These were takes on your classic naked dress (sometimes worn by masters of the form—Hello, EmRata).
Liu Wen in Gucci.
Harvey Guillen in Christian Siriano.
Dresses aren’t the only garment getting the “naked” treatment these days. Guests like Ariana DeBose and Teyana Taylor proved sheer suiting and separates are having a moment.
Sheer for Boys
Shawn Mendes in Dolce & Gabanna
Hunter Doohan in Dolce & Gabanna.
The trend isn’t reserved for just one gender. Boys are experimenting with sheer shirting, too. Those looks range from Shawn Mendes’s peek-a-boo turtleneck to Hunter Doohan’s fully sheer and embroidered shirt.
Half and Half
Donatella Versace in Versace
Zoë Saldana in a Cartier cape and skirt from Michael Kors Collection.
Thuso Mbedu in Dior haute couture
Eva Longoria in Zuhair Murad.
We have a distinct memory of Beyoncé explaining that Destiny’s Child never wanted to expose too much with their costumes. If they wore short shorts, they’d keep their top half covered, or a belly shirt would be paired with baggy pants. That’s also a good rule of thumb when pulling off a more mature and sophisticated version of the sheer trend. Match a sheer top with an opaque skirt (or vice versa) as these attendees did.
Yes, actress Christa Miller and her daughter, the musician Charlotte Lawrence, both showed up in sheer dresses (Lawrence’s is Saint Laurent).
Sheer as Part of the Bigger Picture
Jodie Turner-Smith in Gucci.
Sometimes too much sheer can leave a naked dress more “naked” than “dress.” But other times, a few bits of sheer fabric is just one element helping to make up a larger picture. Take Jodie Turner-Smith’s Gucci gown, where the sheer paneling in the skirt may not even be the first thing you notice.