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How Fashion Has Freed The Nipple Throughout History

BY ELLE Canada

Revisit 300 years of iconic see-though style

 

1700S

By: Carli Whitwell

Marie Antoinette wears her ‘la chemise de la reine’ – a gossamer white muslin gown – only while in the company of her nearest and dearest.

1962

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Marilyn Monroe was said to have been sewn into the sheer flesh-coloured gown she wore (braless) to sing “Happy Birthday” to John F. Kennedy in 1962.

1970S

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Jane Birkin sports a sheer minidress to Studio 54 in the ‘70s.

1992

By: Carli Whitwell

Elaine’s nipple accidentally makes a guest appearance in her Christmas Card photo in this memorable Seinfeld episode in 1992.

1993

By: Carli Whitwell

No one wears sheer like a carefree Kate Moss, here in silvery Liza Bruce in 1993.

1999

By: Carli Whitwell

Before Anthony Vaccarello brought the pastie to YSL, Lil’ Kim sported one to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

2004

By: Carli Whitwell

Remember Nipplegate? Aka Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl.

2013

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Beyoncé’s trompe l’oeil outfits for her 2013 Mrs. Carter tour were designed by The Blonds and Ralph & Russo.

2014

By: Carli Whitwell

CFDA Fashion Icon Award winner Rihanna wears a barely there crystal embellished Adam Selman dress to the 2014 ceremony and breaks the Internet.

2015

By: Carli Whitwell

Facebook overturns their policy on breast-feeding photos the same year thanks to #FreeTheNipple campaign.

2015

By: Carli Whitwell

Instagram removes topless images from the accounts of celebs like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Scout Willis. The nipple ban is blamed on Apple’s iTunes store policies for family friendly apps.

2017

By: Carli Whitwell

For fall/winter 2017, even more conventional designers such as Loewe, Temperley London and Calvin Klein showcase sheers looks sans bras.

This article originally appeared on www.ellecanada.com