We have celebrities to thank for a lot of major fashion trends, both past and present. But for every "win" in the This Is Going To Be Something People Copy column, there's a handful of bold boundary-pushing looks that miss the mark. Here, 50 star style moments that have inspired debate over the years.
Gaga's meat ensemble sparked extreme controversy in the animal rights community. "No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal," said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. "Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that's the look they were going for, they achieved it."
The infamous half-time moment—which left Janet exposed—sparked a huge controversy, as many people were torn over whether or not the incident was accidental or intentional.
The singer offended many in the Muslim community when she walked down the London runway in a burqa. The Atlantic covered the controversy, calling her outfit choice "cultural thievery."
Reactions to Katy's dress included phrases like "cringe-worthy," "baffling," and "ludicrous."
This sparked a major backlash for pretty obvious reasons.
Katy's AMA received major criticism for wearing a kimono. Some were shocked at the "racist" ensemble, and others were totally unsurprised. One Twitter user wrote, "Loved the cultural authenticity of Katy Perry's #AMAs performance. She nailed the traditionally ignorant costume of a white pop singer." She later apologized.
In 1928, this costume was extremely controversial, given that it was in such contrast to the outfits women were expected to wear. Some people credit this controversial costume for transforming American culture, saying she "radically redefined notions of race and gender through style and performance in a way that continues to echo throughout fashion and music today, from Prada to Beyoncé."
Before Madonna had really gained her notoriety for testing the limits of fashion, this look for her "Like a Virgin" music video was an extremely hot topic.
Very few people liked this suit given its "cheap looking CGI and off-putting tone of the color scheme."
Beyoncé and Coldplay set their music video for "Hymn for the Weekend" in India and were accused of cultural appropriation, and criticized for an inaccurate portrayal of the country. One Twitter user wrote in response [sic], "i dont even know what to say about this coldplay video except can white rock bands please stop filming holi videos in india, thank you."
Paris and Nicky were slammed for culturally appropriated Halloween costumes.
When the trailer was released for the upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, many people were taken aback by Karen's costume. Her costume was criticized for sexualizing the actress: "Maybe part of the plot involves setting the gender equality fight back 20 years?" and for looking like it belonged to a child, "Ruby lost all of her clothing and had to rob a Baby Gap."
Many people thought this dress was "ill-fitting and overly quixotic." Stacy London conveyed this general opinion when she said, "I hated Gwyneth Paltrow's pink Oscar dress."
This extremely elaborate Halloween costume was deemed offensive by some.
Many people thought this dress was extremely disrespectful, as the American flag is traditionally not supposed to touch the ground. This dress is cited in the article titled, "It's a grand old flag, but it isn't a rag — how about a little respect?"
Kylie Jenner was criticized for sporting a du-rag as a fashion accessory.
After the release of the Pitch Perfect 3 trailer, fans were not happy that Wilson was dressed in a different shirt, accusing the movie of size discrimination. One user commented, "Your top should be the same. We all know you are the most delicious chick there."
Khloé's Instagram followers were not happy when she posted this photo with the caption, "Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!" One follower wrote, "My ancestors didn't get their cultures stripped away from them in residential schools and through forced assimilation over the past 500 years for an ignorant bigot to put on a fake headdress that is sacred to the plains tribe."
Khloé Kardashian received major backlash again for posting this picture of herself on Instagram, captioning the photo "Habibi love." One user responded, "Are you really that much of a clueless fool?"
Miley Cyrus' performance came under fire when it became clear she didn't get proper licensing from Discount Universe. The brand responded to the performance, "We're obviously distraught."
KTZ severely offended the Nunavut family after duplicating one of their sacred garments. "These are sacred images that they are using," said one of the family members. "They are breaking the Inuit sacred laws of duplicating someone else's shaman clothing—for profit of all things."
The fashion world was extremely unimpressed with Kanye West's first debut of his fashion line. One Twitter user wrote,"SERIOUSLY!!! 'The Industry' wouldn't give a flying hoot if a new-on-the-block kid did these types of clothes."
The graffiti featured on this Jeremy Scott gown was accused of plagiarism. NYC street artist Joseph "Rime" Tierney claimed the artwork stole elements from his "Vandal Eyes" mural in Detroit. Tierney's lawsuit read, "Rime is a well-known artist. Defendants Moschino and Jeremy Scott…inexplicably placed Rime's art on their highest-profile apparel without his knowledge or consent."
Watanabe's collection was slammed for featuring traditional African pieces worn by mostly white models. One Twitter user commented, "How does one have a runway show, showcasing African textiles and silhouettes without including anyone of African descent?"
For a "colonials and natives" themed party, Prince Harry chose to dress up as a Nazi, which, as you can see, made front page news.
The singer wore a barely-there custom Versace outfit, which shocked and confused many.
Mariah received criticism for her extremely low-cut gown, as people feared a slip was inevitable.
Many people were talking about Amber's dress of choice, given how little of it there was.
Katie celebrated the fifth anniversary of her clothing line by dressing up in a costume which was called many things including "bizarre."