Anya Taylor-Joy Invents Half-Naked Dressing in a Mini Held Together by Belts

She's redefining the celebrity-favorite naked dress.

Anya Taylor Joy wears a mini dress held together by belts while in New York City promoting furiosa a mad max story
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Anyone following celebrity fashion knows that Hollywood residents love to bare it all in a sheer or cutout naked dress. Now, Anya Taylor-Joy and stylist Ryan Hastings are giving A-listers an unusual, but no less exposed, silhouette to consider: the half naked dress.

Back in New York City to promote Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Taylor-Joy stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, May 22, in an unexpectedly risqué Fall 2024 Mugler dress.

From the front, the piece looks like the sort of toughened up mini Taylor-Joy could wear on a talk show to channel her onscreen alter-ego. Her leather dress has cape-like shoulders that extend into a tight-fitting, ruched bodice, while what looks like black fringe hangs from the right side. Then Taylor-Joy turns around, and anyone passing by realizes they've been tricked. This isn't an ordinary, full-coverage dress.

Anya Taylor-Joy wears a red leather Mugler mini dress

From the front, Anya Taylor-Joy's dress for an appearance on Stephen Colbert's talk show looked like a draped mini with strong shoulders.

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Ask Taylor-Joy for a 180-degree turn like the photographers apparently did, and she reveals a surprisingly bare design. Taylor-Joy's entire back is exposed, with rows and rows of thin black belts holding the dress together. Some of the burgundy leather wraps around from the front to conceal her hips, but on the other side, there's just a whisper of a belt. The shoulders of the dress don't even cover her actual shoulders; they're constructed to only appear like they're hiding her skin from the front. Voilà, the half-naked dress.

Anya-Taylor Joy wears a half naked dress from Mugler in new york city

From the back, Taylor-Joy's Mugler dress exposed most of her back and her right leg.

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The contrasting fabrics and edgy belt details are a night-and-day difference from Taylor-Joy's Cannes looks, where she hid from the South of France sun under a giant Jacquemus hat and glided up the red carpet steps in a princess-like Dior ballgown. It's even a shift from less than a day before in New York City, where Taylor-Joy attended press in a painterly custom Marni mini dress and a series of little white sundresses.

Anya Taylor-Joy leaves her new york city hotel wearing a white sweetheart neckline dress

Earlier in the week, Anya Taylor-Joy attended New York City press in more understated looks including this white, knee-length dress.

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While stars like Zendaya and Margot Robbie spent recent press tours fully committed to "method dressing," or referencing their characters with their red carpet styling, Anya Taylor-Joy has dipped in and out of nodding to Furiosa's post-apocalyptic setting through her clothing. A number of Taylor-Joy's pieces paid homage to the titular character with a red and black color scheme, metallic hardware, and in one memorable vintage pull's case, spiky arrows all over.

Taylor-Joy has made covering a range of aesthetics—sweet sundresses one day, dramatic half-naked dresses the next—look easy. It's all in service of a movie she recently told reporters was one of her most difficult to create. “I’ve never been more alone than making that movie,” the actress told the New York Times. "I don’t want to go too deep into it, but everything that I thought was going to be easy was hard."

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.