Of all the events Hollywood has to offer, the Vanity Fair Oscar party is among those that continues to deliver the most extravagant, and often, extreme looks from attendees. Show up and show out seems to be the name of the game, and last night Kendall Jenner proved she wasn’t going to do anything less.
Except, something about her sartorial choice seemed eerily familiar. While her backless sequin number is really something, it’s the waist-high splits that are reminiscent of another style from another time — the start of time, in fact. Jenner herself first revived the loincloth look with her dreamy Fausto Puglisi gown at the 2014 MuchMusic Awards, and now, it graces the red carpet again. It may be a generally well-followed rule that a thigh split should not rise above the upper thigh, but rules were meant to be broken.
Jenner remains the only star in recent memory to repeatedly don a loincloth-cut, but she’s certainly not the only rebel to embrace the pelvic reveal on the red carpet. Many celebrities have oft-risked wardrobe malfunction to make a statement, but the waist-splits remain one of the most-daring maneuvers. One of the most memorable was Bella Hadid’s debut at Cannes in 2016, during which her red satin Alexandre Vauthier dress made for endless headlines.
Iconically, she doubled-down for her next Cannes appearance, donning a René Caovilla crystal-embellished sheer dress with a thigh split that seemed to never end. It was near Internet-breaking, and a look that has yet to come close to replication since.
A head-turning look also came via model Iskra Lawrence at the 2018 SAG awards, during which she walked the red carpet in an asymmetrical black dress with a split that exposed her hip and beyond. The body positivity activist rammed home the fact you don’t have to be a size zero to pull off a hyper-revealing number, and honestly we’re sold.
Perhaps the most-impressive was Chrissy Tiegan’s 2016 AMA gown (for which she later apologized when it did, in fact, expose her naked nether regions). With a split that ran up to her ribs — held together tenuously by a sole safety pin — she sent shock waves around the world, and set the bar (literally) high for any future attempts at the split.
In essence: go high or go home, everybody.