Cher caused a stir at the 1988 Oscars with her dress

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The 1988 Oscars: When Cher caused outrage with a touch of nothing

Cher caused a stir at the 1988 Oscars with her revealing dress

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She wore no underwear, but sequins and pearls that covered the bare essentials: Singer Cher made an appearance at the 1988 Oscars that will be remembered.

When you think of Cher, you not only think of a powerful voice, but also of a unique fashion style. The singer wore glittering, body-hugging and revealing outfits enough in the past. She worked for a long time, especially with designer Bob Mackie, and wore numerous daring looks by the American. But one of them was particularly remembered.

It was April 11, 1988: the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. In addition to singer Cher, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sally Kirkland and Meryl Streep were nominated for the award for best leading actress. In the end, Cher took the stage to receive the coveted Oscar for best actress in the movie “Moonstruck”. However, it was not the fact that the singer outdid film greats like Meryl Streep that is remembered – it was her outfit.

Cher made many memorable appearances

Because: The now 74-year-old wore a transparent dress, which rather sparsely concealed the lack of underwear with pearls and sequins. It had thin straps and a bra-style neckline. The singer’s stomach and legs were exposed, a sight that caused a real scandal at the Oscars at the time. And that, although Cher had already attracted attention with sexy outfits at the Academy Awards in previous years. The fact that she received an Oscar in the dress probably made the outfit even more meaningful. You weren’t used to seeing such a sight on the Oscars stage.

Cher started a second career as an actress in addition to music in the 1980s. She also made it onto the cover of “Vogue” six times and was even awarded the “Fashion Oscar” – a special prize from the “Council of Fashion Designers of America” ​​- for her influence on the fashion world. Cher also won an Emmy, a Grammy and is a three-time Golden Globe winner. With over 200 million records sold and another 80 million, together with her ex-husband Sonny Bono, she is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries.


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