20 Celebrity Illusion Dresses That Fooled You


What could be better than a dress that allows you to show some skin without risking a wardrobe malfunction? A good illusion dress keeps you covered, while allowing you to experiment with silhouettes that without a clever sheer panel, wouldn’t be possible–even if you had industrial strength double-sided tape. This is probably why celebrities love them. They can wear something sexy without it resulting in a “nip slip” headline. Rihanna seems to be the only one who doesn’t mind boob-exposing publicity.

Check out 20 celebrities who pulled off illusion dresses without the help of any magicians:

1. Beyoncé


Beyoncé wins the prize for the most creative illusion dress detail. Bey’s Grammy dress was the only time I have ever seen this faux back skirt split.

2. Jennifer MorrisonJennifer Morrison Just Wore The Only Illusion Dress You'll Ever Like

Jennifer Morrison‘s mint illusion gown is fit for a fairytale princess. I wonder if she borrowed it from the Once Upon A Time costume department?

3. Katy Perry

Katy Perry Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2010 Red Illusion Dres

Katy Perry loves sheer, illusion dresses on the red carpet and on stage. That cleavage is no magic trick, though. Wow.

4. Selena Gomez

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals

Selena Gomez’s beaded dress appears to be a lot racier than it actually is–at least I think that is lining.

5. Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen Miu Miu Short Blue Dress Met Gala Charles James 2014

The beaded neckline on Elizabeth Olsen’s Frozen-inspired short dress would never have stayed up if it wasn’t for a nude yoke, or some Elsa-like magical powers.

6. Kylie Jennerkendall-kylie-jenner-mmvma-awards

Kendall Jenner‘s double slit dress definitely is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, while Kylie Jenner‘s mini dress only appears that way.

 7. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez golden globe awards red carpet fashionEven if the nude parts of Jennifer Lopez‘s dress were actually skin, she would still be more covered up than she was in that green deep-V Grammy dress from 2000.

 8. RihannaRihanna Grammys 2011 Sheer Ruffle Dress

Frankly, I’m surprised that Rihanna didn’t just wrap white feather boas around herself and forget about fashioning them into a dress. It’s not like she’s shy about nudity.

9. Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow‘s shocking pink illusion dress is one of the more simple ones. I like the effect, but still don’t get why she wore it to the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      My faves are Jennifer Morrison and Angelina Jolie!

    • katherinedbatista

      My Uncle
      Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
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    • diane kaston

      i am getting kind of tired of this look it has been there and done that,

    • Lily Savage

      I could stare at these dresses for hours. Some of them are really works of art!