"I Wanted It To Be So Over-The-Top": Cher Talks About Her Controversial Oscar Outfit She Wore In 1986

November 7, 2019 11:33

Cher is such a style rebel when it comes to fashion! The award-winning singer attended the Oscars back in 1986 stunning in a black midriff-baring outfit.

Multiple shocking outfits

The legendary singer Cher always turns heads as soon as she arrives at any event. On multiple occasions she has explored some of the boldest looks ever seen.

For instance, she wore a beaded nude dress with feather sleeves to the 1974 Met Gala. The look was completely shocking as she didn’t cover anything up.

Another shocking outfit from the actress was her 1988 Oscars look. Cher wore a nude, jewel-encrusted floor length gown.

Cher's 1986 Oscar dress

The singer is finally opening up about the controversial outfit she wore to the Oscars. In 1986, Cher showed up for the prestigious event in a stunning black jewel-encrusted bralette with a matching skirt.

She teamed her look with a pair of black thigh-high boots, a shawl, and a massive headpiece made of feathers.

Speaking to Vogue, the iconic singer reflected on the outfit and shared the idea behind her controversial ensemble that was created by Bob Mackie. She said:

This was one of my favorite outfits. I came to Bob with an idea. I said I want to have a mohawk, [but] that is not actually Indian. I want it to be so over-the-top that it’s next week. The beautiful shawl was cashmere. I loved the whole thing.

Cher also revealed that the main reason she chose the outfit was because she felt the Academy didn’t like her.

They hated the way I dressed and I had young boyfriends so 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.

People commented on Cher’s outfit

@Donna Cutting

I miss her on the red carpet!

@Suki G Moran

Unique and beautiful

@Jaclyn Dostourian

I love watching Cher in movies and on stage. She’s a great actress and singer (love her voice) and has a great sense of humor on stage and in interviews. All her outfits add color to life. 🎤🎬❤️

@Suzie Hart


Cher has never been afraid to show skin and to this day she creates her own fashion rules.

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