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Princess diana’s christian stambolian dress

With recent news of Queen Elizabeth II passing away, it’s no shocker that Princess Diana is back in the news since she was next in line to be queen alongside the new King Charles. Many people are even mad at the fact that Camilla is the new queen consort since the role was supposed to be Diana’s.

In June 1994, Diana stepped out of a limo wearing a Christian Stambolian low-cut, off-the-shoulder neckline with a pearl choker and tall black heels. On this very night was when the adulterous relationship between Charles and Camilla was revealed on TV.

Who wouldn’t want to walk in front of the press in a revealing dress when your husband’s wrongdoing was finally exposed? I would want to look drop-dead gorgeous too and claim my role as an independent woman. Rest in peace to the true queen.

Princess Diana’s “revenge dress” on the night Prince Charles and Camila Parker Bowles relationship went public.
bella hadid’s catsuit

During the 2017 Met Gala, a lot of drama was circulating around Bella Hadid, The Weeknd and Selena Gomez. Bella and The Weeknd had temporarily split, and at the time of the Met Gala, he was already dating Selena Gomez. Bella arrived in a stunning Alexander Wang catsuit the same time The Weeknd and Selena Gomez walked the red carpet for their first appearance as a couple. Bella stole the spotlight with her sheer black look, topped with black pumps and a plunging, open back.

Some say this was her “revenge outfit” because of the looks she was giving the new couple all night. She didn’t even wear a bra — she covered herself up with tape only. She gave absolutely no care in the world.

The only words in her mind were to slay and make a statement.

Taylor’s swifts 2022 vma dress

Do you all remember the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift when she was awarded the Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me?”

No? Well, Kanye West stole the microphone from Taylor and claimed Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. The iffy relationship between them has continued for a long time, going back and forth between friends and enemies.

At the 2022 VMA’s, Swift showed up in a naked Oscar de la Renta dress. It resembled a flapper dress that was strung together by jewel chains. She paired it with Christian Louboutin heels, which matched the dress perfectly.

Some say this was her revenge dress to get back at Kanye West since it closely resembled her 2009 MTV Award dress. While she didn’t come out and say the reasoning behind the dress, it does resemble the 2009 dress closely.

She wanted to steal her spotlight back, and I don’t blame her.

miranda lambert 2015 cma award dress

When country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce in 2015, many country music fans were shocked since the pair were fan favorites throughout their marriage. They sang duets together and stole the hearts of many with their public appearances. Both were rumored to have participated in infidelity at the end of their marriage, and when the pair announced their divorce, both were hurting and expressed emotions in their music.

At the 2015 CMA Award’s, Blake and Gwen Stefani publicly confirmed their relationship, Miranda stepped out in a long, black dress with pink highlights in her hair. While she looked sad, reporters asked her if this was her revenge dress, and she replied with “absolutely!”

I feel like that’s the biggest shade you can throw to someone when your ex shows up with someone else, and I respect that.

Revenge dresses can have many purposes, but I believe the most important reason is to make a statement. Doing this can show that you’re confident and that you don’t need anybody but yourself.

I am a senior at Penn State University majoring in digital and print journalism with a minor in digital media trends and analytics.