Many fashion pieces have gone down in history. This is the case with the iconic knitted dress by Rose McGowan, worn at the MTV Music Awards held in Los Angeles. The actress appeared alongside her then-boyfriend, Marylin Manson, wearing a completely see-through outfit by Maja Hanson. The very daring piece was crafted from a single piece of iridescent beaded mesh and completely tapered at the back. Underneath the outfit, the young woman wore nothing except a black thong. During the whole evening, the guests could thus see the breasts and the buttocks of Rose McGowan, and to say the least, it is that this evening, the star was not afraid of anything.
The reason for this daring choice? An important message that Rose McGowan wanted to convey: “I was like, ‘You want to make an object out of me? You want to see a body? Is that what you want? You men, the media, the photographers, vultures, is that what you wanna see? I’m gonna show you a fucking body, “” the actress explained in her book “Brave.” Indeed, a few months before the ceremony, the star had revealed to have been sexually assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein, so it was a way to reclaim his body and his image.
Rose McGowan: How was her message interpreted?
Only here, the message that Rose McGowan wanted to convey, was misunderstood: “My message was obviously misinterpreted, sexualized and it was the opposite of what I wanted. The other women who copied me didn’t I didn’t understand my purpose: when they wear a similar dress, they do it to be sexy and to turn society on. I wasn’t trying to be sexy or to titillate all the men in this world. It was about power. It was a middle finger, and it’s very different, ”she said in her book. There is no doubt, this dress will forever be in the fashion pantheon.
Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson © ALPHA AGENCY