15 Times a Celebrity’s Outfit Contained a Hidden Message
When preparing for important events, celebrities pay a lot of attention to their appearance. The outfit should accentuate the celebrity’s merits and reflect the latest fashion trends. But sometimes clothes, make-up, and accessories don’t only serve as decoration, they also carry a hidden message. They are used by many to pay homage to people and events, to express support, or to show love for those dearest to them.
Quannah Chasinghorse paid tribute to her ancestral heritage with her outfit
The model and environmental activist wore a unique necklace designed by Lenise Omeasoo to the annual Met Gala event in 2022. Quannah said the piece gave her confidence and made her feel less alone on the red carpet. The accessory also showed everyone Chasinghorse’s connection to her roots.
Taylor Swift left a hint for her fans in her outfit
At the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, where the singer managed to win three awards, Taylor appeared in a silver dress made up of glittering rhinestones. Fans immediately remembered a similar outfit Swift wore at the infamous 2009 VMAs when her speech was rudely interrupted, sparking a long-running conflict. With her new outfit, Taylor showed everyone that she can overcome various challenges, and nothing can stop her success.
Cate Blanchett wore a black dress in honour of Elizabeth II
At the official closing ceremony of the 79th Venice Festival, the actress, like many other stars, appeared in a black dress. This way, Blanchett honoured the memory of Elizabeth II and showed the world her grief at the passing of the Queen of England.
Olivia Rodrigo recreated Paris Hilton’s look from the early 2000s
The singer won three awards at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, but she couldn’t attend the party after the official ceremony as she was still under 21. So, Olivia threw her own party, to which she invited Paris Hilton. At the event, Rodrigo appeared in a blue dress that was reminiscent of Hilton’s own outfit from 2002.
Dannielynn Birkhead paid tribute to Janet Jackson
At the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the model and media personality appeared in the same outfit Janet Jackson wore nearly two decades ago. Her father, Larry Birkhead, noted that the costume actually did, once, belong to the star. Larry bought it at a charity auction.
Reba McEntire appeared in her old outfit at a concert in memory of Loretta Lynn
At the annual CMA Awards in 2022, Reba McEntire dedicated her performance to another renowned singer, Loretta Lynn, who passed away earlier this year. Some fans found the green costume, in which McEntire appeared on stage, familiar. Reba confirmed that in memory of Loretta, she had dressed in an outfit that was made for the 1995 tour.
Karim Benzema honored his idol Tupac
In 2022, the famous footballer won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. At the award ceremony, Benzema appeared in a suit that paid tribute to the rapper Tupac Shakur, whose work the athlete greatly admires.
Julia Roberts showed support for her old friend
At the 45th Annual Kennedy Centre Honors event, the actress appeared in an unusual dress, adorned with various photos of George Clooney. This was Roberts’ way of showing her support for her old friend, whom she had worked with in many films.
Gwen Stefani was inspired by Bewitched
Gwen Stefani appeared on the set of The Voice wearing a gold chequered dress. The singer admitted that the outfit was largely inspired by Samantha Stevens, the lead character in the TV series Bewitched, and a little by Sharon Stone in Casino.
There’s a reason Emma Watson favors vintage things
Emma Watson often favors vintage outfits as well as clothes made from recycled materials. So in 2018, she appeared at the Wimbledon tournament in a stylish trouser suit. The distinguishing detail of the outfit was that it was vintage. This way Emma draws the public’s attention to the importance of protecting the environment and calls for a reduction in the resources spent on clothing production.
Julia Roberts expressed her love for her family with her dress
At the London premiere of Ticket to Paradise, the actress appeared in an unusual dress. The dark skirt was embroidered with a variety of patterns in silver thread. Each of them had a special meaning. The number 2002 refers to the year of Roberts’ wedding; the letters JR + DM are the initials of the actress and her husband, Daniel Moder. The dress also had the first letters of the couple’s three children’s names, Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry, inside a heart shape.
Letitia Wright honored Chadwick Boseman with her outfit
At the world premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the actress appeared in a black pantsuit with silver trim. Her outfit was almost identical to the one Bowsman wore at the 2018 Oscars. This was Letitia’s way of showing her respect for Chadwick.
No one noticed the message embroidered on Aunjanue Ellis’s jacket
At the Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2022, hosted by Essence, the actress appeared in a deep red jacket. On the sleeve of her jacket, a message was embroidered in silver letters, which hardly anyone noticed. Aunjanue had decided to announce to the world that she was queer, and that was the word that embellished the garment. Ellis was very surprised that no one noticed her message and assumed that instead of “Queer” everyone had read it as “Queen.”
Camila Cabello’s outfit symbolised new trends in clothing production technology
The singer revealed that the white flower-embellished dress, in which she appeared at the 2022 Met Gala, was made entirely from recycled and eco-friendly materials. The outfit was meant to showcase a new approach to making clothes.
Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to her mother with her outfit
At the premiere of Halloween Kills in 2021, the actress decided to recreate her mother’s most famous look. Janet Leigh once starred in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Curtis appeared at the event in a blue shirt dress and a blonde wig. Not only did she honor her mother, but she also looked like Scarlett Johansson, who played the role of Janet Leigh in the biopic Hitchcock.
Have you ever incorporated a hidden message into your clothing?