It's a Thing: Sheer Dressing


Look around, everywhere you turn is sheer dressing 

The year was 1990. The Berlin Wall came down, NASA launched the Hubble Space telescope, Seinfeld 
premiered, and Madonna had the best-selling single of the year with "Vogue." The song was an instant banger, 
a fact helped along by the accompanying black-and-white David Fincher-directed video which took its cues 
from New York's vibrant gay ballroom club scene. And by Madonna's outfits in said video, chief among them a 
long sleeved sheer black lace number, with strategically placed patterns to preserve just enough modesty for an 
MTV audience. Sheer dressing has had many iconic star turns: consider Cher in sheer, spangled and feathered 
Bob Mackie at the 1974 Met Gala; Kate Moss in 1993 in a shimmering peek-a-boo slip dress at an Elite model
event; Rose McGowan at the 1998 VMA's in a see-through apron dress and thong that left little to the 
imagination. In more recent years though. these styles have graduated from red-carpet events to everyday 
outfitting: try a long sheer dress over an opaque slip; a transparent blouse peeking out from under a blazer; or a 
dress with subtle sheer cut-outs.