A dress can be an expression of someone’s mood and personality. We saw many celebrities use fashion to express their emotions when they were going through a difficult phase in their personal lives. Of course, sometimes the dress is just there to make the world talk about a celebrity again.
This blog is about the top 7 most memorable celebrity revenge dresses. Of course, whether they are revenge dresses or just a publicity stunt, the dresses are stunning.
Some Memorable Revenge Dresses
The concept of the revenge dress started with Princess Diana in 1994. She wore the ravishing black dress to a fundraising event hosted by Vanity Fair magazine at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Garden. It is known as the most iconic little black dress.
The ensemble consists of a smoldering off-the-shoulder dress with a ruffled neckline and a draping tulle skirt. Diana reclaimed her voice and freedom in the story by using clothing to make her own statement. The dress embodied Diana’s empowerment and the spirit of the rebellion she had come to embrace.
The lesser-known fact about the gown is that it was commissioned three years before Princess Diana wore it. Christina Stambolian was its designer. Back then, the price tag was close to £900.
This dress fetched £39,098 at auction in July 1997 and was bought by a Scottish couple. The gown is one of the most iconic dresses ever created and has been the subject of much speculation that has grabbed headlines.
Top 7 Celebrity Revenge Outfits
Celebrities have worn some memorable dresses following breakups to celebrate their freedom or simply to show that they are doing well without their ex. Here are nine examples:
Jennifer Aniston’s Premiere Dress (2005)
Jennifer Aniston wore a beaded Chanel gown to the 2005 premiere of her film Derailed. The gown was an off-white, beaded, glittery, knee-length Chanel gown with matching spiked kitten heels.
She wore this dress shortly after rumors of her divorce from Brad Pitt began to circulate. On the other hand, this dress symbolized how gracefully she handled the situation.
Ariana Grande on the red carpet (2018)
Ariana wore this dress to the 2018 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Soon after breaking up with Pete Davidson, she dropped a breakup single, “Thank U, Next,” but the revenge dress was taken to the next level with a sleeveless lavender short dress and matching thigh-high heeled boots. The dress was designed by Christian Siriano.
Jennifer Lopez’s divine Golden Globes gown (2004)
During the production of the 2001 film Gigli, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck crossed paths. They were one of the most popular couples in Hollywood in the new millennium. The wedding was originally scheduled for 2003 but was called off owing to overwhelming interest from the media. The couple officially ended their relationship in 2004. In the same year, she hit the Golden Globes red carpet. She appeared in an orange gown, dressed like a goddess. The dress was designed by Michael Kors.
Mariah Carey at the 1997 VMAs
Mariah Carey wore a two-piece for the 1997 MTV VMAs that served as her revenge look.
When she finally left her ex-husband, who had been manipulating her public persona since she launched her first record, the garment became a symbol of their breakup. It was a break from her more family-friendly persona and an indication of Carey’s growing independence.
Bella Hadid and her catsuit (2017)
Bella wore a sheer catsuit to the 2017 Met Gala, months after breaking up with The Weeknd. The chic outfit designed by Alexander Wang turned heads. The catsuit had threaded beadwork and an extremely low back. She showed off her sleek, snatched body to the world. Plus, her bob hairstyle was beautiful enough for a perfect revenge look. The Weeknd and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, were also in attendance.
Katie Holmes and her elevated style (2019)
Katie Holmes’s fashion sense changed drastically after her split from Jamie Foxx. This proved the “fashion him, sis” trend. She was spotted in a Khaie bralette and matching cardigan, paired with jeans. On top of that, she had an Alix bag and half-heeled mules. Although it was not the most elegant revenge look, it surely was a statement.
Miley Cyrus in “FLOWERS” (2023)
The unexpected success of Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers,” a breakup hymn, has fans wondering what the song means. There have been rumors among her fanbase that the song was inspired by her relationship with her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. Miley wears a glittering Yves Saint Laurent gown for her shimmying across the Hollywood Hills in the video. Everything about it—the outfit, the song, the moment—is hot.
These revenge outfits are also a stylish reminder that coming back stronger after a breakup is quite an iconic way of flaunting your confidence and individuality. Just like Miley said, we can buy ourselves flowers, and perhaps a revenge dress too!