Bow Down, Kim and Kendall—Bob Mackie Explains Why Cher Is the Reigning Queen of the Naked Dress

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On Sunday night, the inimitable Cher showed the world once again that boring is not in her vocabulary and cemented her status as the O.G. queen bee of tantalizing stage style.

At a stunning 71, the diva knocked the lights out at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards dressed in two Bob Mackie specials—one a Swarovski crystal–embellished fringed number and the other her famous glittery black sheer bodysuit and moto jacket plucked straight from the custom wardrobe the designer made for her current residency at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas.

Before accepting the Icon Award, Cher sang her classics “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe” and, naturally, social media jumped all over her see-through garb. “Everyone thought she was wearing a pastie during the performance at the awards show, and she wasn’t,” Mackie clarifies with a laugh.

“It was a single crystal heart hand-sewn right over its proper spot on her body. The whole thing was one of the most expensive costumes she’s ever worn, with thousands of crystals.”

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