Ciara in Givenchy Couture at the 2013 MTV VMAs

Posted on August 26, 2013

Like we keep saying, it’s the VMAs; you either getcha rockstar on or you getcha drag on. Guess which one Ciara chose.


Ciara attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a Givenchy couture gown.

Givenchy Fall 2010 Couture Collection/Model: Natasha Poly (WOMEN)

Now is the time for all good ladies to get their Cher on, we say. Sure, the whole glittered skeleton thing is a bit odd, but then again, isn’t that the point? It’s another case of a dress working only because it’s at the VMAs. We think she looks great.

Yes, her crotch certainly is focus-pulling, is it not? She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night.


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  • I loved these crazy Givenchy dresses and was sad that no one at the time wore them. Thank you, Ciara.

    • marlie

      Me too!

    • kmc1138

      Seriously. These dresses are AMAZING. Even if you don’t admire the entire aesthetic you have to give mega props to the craftsmanship.

      • Leah Elzinga

        absolutely, but then you get to the zippers and they’re all weirdly heavy and puckery (and yes, in my world “puckery” is a word).

        • Marianne Wardle

          Yes, I don’t think I get the zippers.

          • makeityourself

            With a dress like this, who needs an exposed heavy-duty zipper running down the back and then TWO AT THE ARMHOLE SEAMS??? What’s she going to do, unzip the sleeves and wear it sleeveless to work tomorrow?

          • kimmeister

            I hadn’t even noticed those! I guess it’s for when she needs to take off the gloves to use toilet paper . . .

          • Betsy

            HOW did I miss those gawd-awful armhole zippers?? It’s like the designer said “What else can I add to this dress? Oh, I know. ZIPPERS everywhere!!”

        • Betsy

          The zipper looks like it belongs in a 1950s sleeping bag. Heavy canvas twill tape? There HAVE to be nicer zippers now, with finer twill tape sides, for gowns like this?!? No? Who do I call at YKK??

        • ballerinawithagun

          I know! How could they even think about putting those utilitarian zippers on that work of art!

          • Sly

            An interview with the designer Riccardo Tisci reveals that his couture clients ask to have visible, utilitarian, big, (whatever you want to call them) zippers on their gowns.

          • Leah Elzinga

            that might not be my taste, perse, but it’s not actually just the use of the zippers, but WHICH zippers, and how they’ve been applied. They’re an off colour, they look cheap, and there’s puckering all along the seams. There has GOT to be a way to incorporate them in a way that better represents the craftsmanship we see on the rest of the gown.

  • Diego!

    I love it!!! She has an amazing body and is showing it off. It’s VMA’s so, why not? You WERQ that crotch-attention dress girl!

  • Karen Belgrad

    Next on TLC… “When Vajazzling Attacks!”

  • YoungSally

    Lady looks like a dude-lady.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes definitely dragtastic… you can tell of course though that she’s a she because she missed the chance to do a wild, bejeweled up-do to complete the eleganza… still it’s cher-ific and I love it

  • AnnaleighBelle

    “Yes, her crotch certainly is focus-pulling, is it not? She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night.”

    Maybe a belt with a reading light attached… bejeweled reading light.

  • moxie_lady

    I agree that it’s venue-appropriate, but such a dragtastic dress calls for more attention-getting hair & makeup. Is a little rouge too much to ask for?

    • Marianne Wardle

      She does look surprisingly beachy up top.

    • Nicole C

      Amen! I want full-on Cher drag. I feel like she forgot what she was wearing.

  • Donyelle

    Carmen Carrera Couture

  • decormaven

    “She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night.” Oh uncles, you are killing it today! Snaps!

    • AnneElliot

      I’m so glad I’m not at work, I would have embarrassed myself, I laughed so hard at that.

  • Sara__B

    She’s amazingly beautiful, crotch window and all.

    I’ll bet she’d get a long line of people volunteering to work the crotch light.

    • StillGary

      Wouldn’t they have to be union?

  • AnnPopovic

    The zippered sleeves are more focus pulling than her crotch. Why is that there? Ice skater…punk? Meh. Could you imagine actually DOING anything but standing RIGHT THERE in that dress? Every little movement would be a question of angles, photographers and whether bits that shouldn’t be glittering…were.

    • Sarah

      I think it’s because you’d need the option to remove the arms in the event of, oh, needing to use your hands for ANYTHING.

      • marlie

        *In line at the ladies room*

        “Um, could you help me unzip my sleeves? Thanks.”

    • barbarienne

      YES. I was all, “Why are the shoulders zippered?” And also, “Oh jeezus, visible zipper in the back!”

      Really breaks the fantasy of the garment when the hard engineering is visible.

      • AnnPopovic

        I am a beading FREAK, but not bead embroidery, so I’m dying to know (and if someone does this PLEASE chime in) — is there a reason you can’t bead over the zippers and hide them? Because…wouldn’t beading to camouflage the zipper be preferable? I’m so confused. I could see wanting to get out of one of the sleeves, ’cause…toilet, and that’s all I’ll say about that, but…surely there was another way to do that? Big giant zippers, they’re just not…pretty. They’re not even gold and sparkly like the beads?

  • majorbedhead

    I’m glad the VMAs were last night, because today has been shittastic thus far and I need someplace to vent my spleen. I have yet to see anything that hasn’t at least made me roll my eyes and splutter a bit.

  • Sarah

    I think, despite the model’s lack thereof, that Ciara could’ve used a little more makeup to stand up to that dress. She’s lovely, but I feel the outfit is washing her face out a bit.

    • MilaXX

      Oddly enough, I agree. At the very least a bit more color on the lips would have helped.

  • Rand Ortega

    Her crotch is like HypnoToad.

    • Sarah


  • MarTeaNi

    All I can think is she better not have had anything to eat or drink for at least 24 hours before this. <- (That is NOT about her body.)

  • Donna Tabor


    All these women, working so DAMNED hard to look sexy, and all they end up looking is desperate. Sad, sad.

  • teensmom99

    Rockstar dragtastic!

  • JauntyJohn

    Wasn’t that a Neil Diamond song?
    “Turn on your Crotch Lght” …

    • Lily-Rygh

      I instantly went “Total Eclipse of the Heart” when I read your post…the literal version, that is, when they sing “bullet with headlights.”

    • Rand Ortega

      Jinx! Just posted that. You win! LOL!

  • tereliz

    Fall 2010, huh? Like, there weren’t enough sheer gowns from the past three years to choose from? Oy.

    • Fall 2010. That explains the zippers. Back then the heavy visible zipper was revolutionary. Now, we’re just so damn tired of it. Make it go away already.

  • marlie

    I kind of love this, for what it is. But I wish that the illusion netting was a little closer to her skin tone.

  • VioletFem

    I don’t know why I like it, but I do. It does help that her skin tone provides some contrast.

  • PastryGoddess

    There are zippers on the know, just in case you get hot and need to cool off

    • ana170

      Actually the zippers are there because those are gloves, not sleeves. It’d probably be hard to get into the dress if they couldn’t be removed.

      • PastryGoddess

        somehow that makes it worse

    • kimmeister

      Hooboy, illusion netting is sweltering!

  • Judy_J

    Next thing you know, they’ll be showing up naked with body paint like Hef’s “painted ladies”. Harrrrumph!

    • MilaXX

      My memory is fading so I can’t recall who it was, but IIRC the year after Lil’ Kim’s infamous one shoulder/pasty jumpsuit someone literally wore a body paint dress and thong to the awards show. Maybe a fellow BK with a better memory than mind can recall who the actress was. I keep thinking it was Garcelle Beauvais.

      • Judy_J

        Then it’s true…..there really IS nothing new under the sun.

  • Coleen

    I had to look at the close-up of her face to make sure she wasn’t sporting a grill. Nope! Just Invisaligns. So now Ciara wins forever in my book just for wanting to make her teeth straight.

  • leahpapa

    I imagine this is what the science room skeleton looks like at the high school in “Glee.” I affirm it in its entirety.

  • MaggieMae

    LOVE the crotch spotlight idea. Too funny!

  • hughman

    All I would want to do all night is eat french fries.

    • zenobar

      With ketchup. Gobs and gobs of ketchup.

  • KikiAvocado

    cher would use this dress as toilet paper…

  • MissKimP

    What happens when she sits down??!! [shudder]

    • largishbearishAtlish

      I would assume she has people that sit for her…maybe just lean her up in a corner, or on a moving dolly? snap on the catherer for her for the ladies room?

  • Its an amazing dress, technically and in terms of how she’s pulling it off. That said. Hubert De Givenchy would be spinning madly in his grave over this one were he deceased.

    • MoHub

      Isn’t he still alive?

  • Heather H

    There is no Ciara, there is only Zuul.

    • kimmeister

      I especially love that comment when I imagine your avatar cat saying it.

  • Danielle

    HAHAHAHA well, all right then.

  • random_poster

    *sigh*…after this morning’s posts, I now have complete confirmation that I have aged-out of anything to do with the VMAs. I’ll be in the other room now, waiting for the dreaded no-pearl-clutching-necessary-ladies-who-lunch entries.

  • So. Drag.

  • MilaXX

    I have to admit, this works for who she is and the VMA’s. Ciara’s all about sexy times in her songs so of course she’s going to try and dress like it.

  • Rand Ortega

    TLo said, ” She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night.” I immediately thought of that Neil Diamond song, ‘Heartlight’. “Turn on the crotch light”…

  • Cathy S

    I would like to see this on Cher. I don’t think anyone but Cher should wear something like that. It’s patented. Or copyrighted. Or something.

  • Dancer

    Why do I love you two??? This is why!! = She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night. You say it like it IS. thx!!

  • Darcy H

    I would love this so much more if it didn’t have hideous zippers on her shoulders.

  • orcasandy

    Again, Cher did it better 40 years ago—TIME magazine March 17 1975

  • Belvane

    This is Givenchy? Hideous. Somewhere in heaven, Audrey Hepburn is rolling her beautiful eyes.

  • MarissaLG

    Sorry to get all Michelle Visage in here, but the hair needs to be twice as big.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    CHER called/possibly tweeted, asking for all the furry bling blings back.

  • Bethany Roullett

    I haven’t seen Gozer the Gozarian in a few years, but she is looking GOOD.

  • crash1212

    So, the sleeves zip off?

    • Tess Danesi

      What a weird off-note that is. Not that the whole look isn’t weird. And that crotch…

  • GoryDetails

    Hee! One look at that outfit and now the MST3K cheer “Look, look, look at my crotch!” is playing in my mind…

  • formerlyAnon

    I loved Selena Gomez’ dress steeped in slutty excess for the VMAs, but even though Ciara is beautiful, this is a tad too bare? too much like a stage costume? I don’t know? (annoying teen girl rising tone at end of sentence?).

    It’s a beautiful costume and she’s beautiful. But it’s somehow a tad too much for me to get enthused.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Didn’t Beyonce, Zoe and every other girl do this dress already? Can we not let this grand collection rest?!?

  • Tracy_Flick

    The glove part is giving her man hands; I have to applaud her total commitment to drag fabulosity.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I sure hope she didn’t have to go to the bathroom all night. I guess there’s a handler for that.

  • kmk05

    This is amazing. Amazingly nuts. She definitely wins over Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez because she doesn’t look three times her age, and the makeup is perfectly a propos. Those furry crotch curtains are insane.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    She should have bought one of those tiny LED lights and glued it to her lady area so it would look like it was glowing out from under the bedazzles and feathers.

  • Shawn EH

    If only the drapes matched the rug! She could have had a Gaga/Nicki moment. Crazy dress needs a crazy wig, Ciara!

  • PastryGoddess

    I just realized Beyonce wore this in black with purple feathers 2 years ago.

    *yes I know she didn’t wear this exact dress*

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I like it. If I was her age (again) and had that body (again), I’d glam my ass off, too!

  • boldprint

    My, those are sleeve-gloves. Sloves? Gleeves?

  • annabell

    I’m just wondering what poor soul was hired to wipe for her when she had to go on a pee break… unless that’s just something you don’t do at the VMAs…

  • conniemd

    Everything else aside, that is one beautiful dress. My quibble would be with using such big exposed zippers. I’d also kinda wish a bit more crotch coverage, but I suspect it wouldn’t matter as you’d have to shave to wear this dress in order to avoid any revealing when you move.

    When I saw this elsewhere I thought it was JLo at first look. I bet she wanted to knife Ciara for wearing her dress.

  • macwell

    Its a dramatic dress, but maybe too mich so for MTV. ; I could see Beyonce wearing this to the Met Ball. Poor Ciara – chasing Beyonce even here? LOL!!

  • Beverly Kozma

    Looks like something JLo may have thrown out 10 years ago.

  • Monabel

    How does the word “couture” apply here?

    • +! Looks more Frederick’s of Hollywood.

  • MsMajestyk

    I wish she had gone more over the top from the neck up. Like one of those contestants from the Miss Universe pageant. I demand a headdress!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I want to see sister Ru in this!

  • guest2visits

    She’s so beautiful; I wish this was less Vegas showgirl and more sophisticated gown. A few less naked areas (like the one that stops right at crotch level is most unflattering), and this would be a dreamy cloud instead of a few stitched together doilies.

  • quiltrx

    Speaking of Cher, I feel like this dress really needed a headdress!

  • Alloy Jane

    This is hilarious! She is one flashy doily isn’t she? I just wish she had the matching fans to go with her dress but I guess you can’t have it all. I do like the bare face though, goes with the whole borderline nude thing. I do not understand the visible zipper though, but seeing as how this is from 2010 I believe that was it officially became a thing. You know, to destroy the line of a garment with a giant zipper.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    Something about her doesn’t look right. She looks too old, and the bitch is probably like 22.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s 28. She just keeps having comebacks for every new album.

  • The dress looks kinda gyno, but it is the VMAs.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    The zippers on the shoulders are so heavy and distracting but that booty is killer though no lie. And I agreed with the comments that this feels more Met Ball than VMAs.

  • pop_top

    Yes, her crotch certainly is focus-pulling, is it not? She should have hired someone to shine a small spotlight on it all night.

    I love you both immensely.

  • All I can think about is how this dress prevents her from washing her hands! The germaphobe and OCD in me is going into overdrive!

  • kathrineb

    mega ugly dress!