The 50 Most Scandalous Dresses in History

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The right dress can make a career. The wrong one can make headlines. But a scandalous dress can do both. Whether dating from Genesis, the Belle Époque, or the infancy of MTV, these 50 scandalous looks pushed boundaries, sparked controversy, and shifted the public’s eye. (Full disclosure: There are also some trousers, jackets, and T-shirts in here — sometimes, creating a stir means flaunting the rules.) They prove that there’s often more to scandal than sex — and that there’s more than one way to leave a lasting impression.

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