Florence Pugh is giving a metaphorical middle finger to the “no white after Labor Day” rule. On Sept. 5, the “Oppenheimer” star stepped out in a sheer bridal-white gown for the Elle Style Awards in London, where she was honored with the British icon award. Her halter-neck Alexander McQueen dress scooped low in the back and was covered in delicate floral appliqué cascading all the way down into a scalloped train. Pugh went braless beneath the see-through dress, giving us flashbacks to the fuchsia nipple-baring gown she wore to the Valentino haute couture runway show last summer.
Just last week, Pugh spoke about her aforementioned sheer dress moment in an interview with Elle UK, revisiting the controversy it stirred up. “When everything went down with the Valentino pink dress a year ago, my nipples were on display through a piece of fabric, and it really wound people up,” she said. “Unfortunately, we’ve become so terrified of the human body that we can’t even look at my two little cute nipples behind fabric in a way that isn’t sexual. We need to keep reminding everybody that there is more than one reason for women’s bodies [to exist].”
Despite the cruel body-shaming comments she’s received, Pugh continues to wear what she pleases on the red carpet and beyond. In the past year alone, the actor has made appearances in a plunging cutout Valentino gown, a sheer neon catsuit with a boob-window cutout, and a side-boob-baring polo dress. She also took the “underwear as outerwear” trend for a spin in a thong-exposing skirt at London Fashion Week and showed off her legs in tiny micro shorts at the Oscars. She’s truly left no daring trend untouched in 2023, and we love her for it.
Take an all-angles look at Pugh’s latest head-turning style moment ahead.