As Rihanna walked the red carpet at the 2011 Grammys, people actually asked her "Who are you wearing?" How was that their first question? Ours was "What, exactly, do you have on underneath the tissue paper stripes you have swathed around your naked form?" In case you wanted the answer to the first question, it's Jean Paul Gaultier. The answer to the latter question remains a mystery.
Ah, the infamous Versace jungle print "dress" that introduced the population to a whole new interpretation of what qualifies as an appropriate award show outfit. When Jennifer Lopez arrived at the 2000 Grammy Awards, she was basically wearing a sarong that had been fashioned into a dress over teal bikini boy shorts. She was actually nominated for an award that night, but does anyone even remember whether she won or lost?
It was so innovative of Jennifer Lopez to start the whole "There's really no need to wear a 'dress' when you can just put on some scraps of fabric" trend. As you can see, it caught on quickly among famous exhibitionists like Grammy nominee and winner Toni Braxton. The singer wore this uh, white apron-cape with a sequin belt (for what? modesty?) at the 2001 awards. We really hope it wasn't windy that night.
It's not just the Grammys that brings out celebrities' inner provocateurs. Taylor Momsen has become quite well known for wearing underwear as outerwear on red carpets despite the fact that she is 17 and looks horribly inappropriate when she shows up at, say, the premiere of Justin Bieber's movie dressed this way. If this picture has you asking "Where are her parents!?" don't worry, you're not alone.
On the opposite end of the classy spectrum is Taylor Momsen'sGossip Girl costar, Leighton Meester. The stylish and usually fully-covered star startled everyone when she showed up at the Harry Winston Court of Jewels Recreation in a completely sheer Marchesa romper with a plunging neckline. Our rule of thumb? If your outfit requires you to borrow your grandmother's lace underwear (and it shows), do reconsider.
If you're having a sparkly lavender bodysuit custom made for the '99 VMAs, it's only natural that you'd say to your seamstress, "Could you sew it so my left breast is completely exposed and then make a matching pasty? I really think it would add a little something extra--I just don't think my sparkly lavender bodysuit and matching purple wig have enough of a wow-factor." At least, that's the conversation we like to imagine took place.
While Jennifer Lopez gets credit for single-handedly reviving the double stick tape industry, Britney Spears helped launched another form of titillating bodywear in the music video for "Toxic:" the bedazzled nude bodysuit. Katy Perry wore the dress form of this trend to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, but she adapted Spears' bodysuit, on which the rhinestones were randomly scattered, to make her outfit a little more MTV-audience-friendly.
This is how Christina Aguilera looked in 2000. We'll just pause and let that sink in. Remember our rule of thumb for Leighton Meester? We have one for Christina, too. Laces are for shoes, not clothes. We're not even going to address that hairstyle. (You're welcome, Christina.)
This is Ice-T's wife, Coco and yes, this is how she always dresses. Coco is a swimsuit, lingerie and "body" model, which probably explains the mesh dress that clearly shows off every asset on her body. What it doesn't explain is why she wore it to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005, or what she was even doing there besides permanently scarring children who caught a glimpse of her.