Style Files: Rihanna’s Dress at CFDA Awards Leaves Little to the Imagination

By Brian Ives 

Rihanna was honored as the Fashion Icon of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America last night (June 2), and the see-through dress she showed up in made it transparent why she deserved the honor.

The get-up, designed by Adam Selman, was mesh and inlaid with 230,000 Swarovski crystals and topped with her signature do-rag.

“We definitely wanted to make it a little bit scandalous. The dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed. But fashion is about beauty, and the [female] body is part of that,” Selman told

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Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna’s stylist since her catapult onto the high fashion scene in 2011, confirmed that the dress had been in formulation since the MTV Movie Awards and that it was down to the wire in being completed for her appearance that evening.

“I would say at least eight people worked nonstop from 8 p.m. last night to 3 p.m. today putting on the finishing touches,” Ottenberg told

CBS News reported that RiRi received the 2014 Fashion Icon Award presented by Anna Wintour, the powerful Vogue editor. Wintour said that with Rihanna, “the point is to be audacious — even jaw-dropping or button-pushing.”

In her acceptance speech, Rihanna said that in Barbados, where she grew up, “I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion.” But, she added, “Fashion has always been my defense mechanism… I can compensate for all my weaknesses with my fashion. There are rules, but rules are meant to be broken.”

After the awards, Rihanna’s image consultant Yusef captured a video of her twerking in the gown that went viral and that revealed the mesh dress did have a nude body stocking underneath.


Rihanna kicks off a brief tour with Eminem in August.


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