Kim Kardashian Takes a Daring Page From Carmen Electra’s Playbook

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Today, Kim Kardashian posted a chic illusion, if you will, on Instagram. The social media star posted a photo of herself in what at first appeared to be a skirt. Though in the second slide, she revealed the full dress: a curve-skimming T-shaped silk number that boasted side cut-outs and was fastened with a thin plastic band across the back.

While the piece is custom-made, it is reminiscent of Stephen Sprouse’s design from his spring 1998 collection that was first worn by Kate Moss on the runway. Carmen Electra later sported the red hot piece back in 1998 at the MTV Awards. “It had a clear strap holding [it] on. It was a mystery as to how this dress stayed on. My boobs were kind of pouring out of the dress and I literally was on every ‘Worst Dressed’ list in that dress,” she told Vogue in an interview in 2017. “But I was looking at it [recently] and I was like, ‘It’s so covered today.’ In the ’90s, it was really hard [if] you wanted to wear sexy clothes.”

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Carmen Electra in a Stephen Sprouse dress from spring 1998 at the MTV awards

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Kardashian has a long history of purchasing archival pieces, ranging from Azzedine Alaïa to Tom Ford-era Gucci, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Though, Sprouse’s looks can be incredibly difficult to find, especially the dress in question, which is likely why she opted for custom. (Johnny Valencia of the celebrity-beloved Pechuga Vintage does have an iteration of the dress with a black and white print of the Empire State Building.) Whether or not Kardashian’s dress is the real thing, it is certainly an homage to Sprouse. Don’t be surprised if searches for the designer experience an uptick.