Drama runs high at the Tony Awards — on and off the stage. Since its debut in 1947, some ofBroadway's finest have heated up the red carpet in backless dresses, thigh-high slits, and totally sheer ensembles.
1984: RAQUEL WELCH
Before taking the stage to sing "The Grass Is Always Greener" from Woman of the Year, Raquel stunned in a sequin-covered gown and an array of dazzling diamonds.
1996: SIGOURNEY WEAVER
A Tony Award winner in her own right, the Avatar actress went to the show's 50th anniversary in a sheer, feathered number.
2001: GWYNETH PALTROW
Gwyneth stunned in a low-cut gold knee-length dress to support her mom (and Tony nominee!), Blythe Danner.
2002: CATHERINE ZETA-JONES
Eight years before she took home an award of her own, the 33-year-old actress went classic in a silky lace dress. Her husband, Michael Douglas, coordinated with a black tux and deep purple tie.
2002: CALISTA FLOCKHART
Wow, that's some neckline. To top it off, the actress walked the red carpet sans Harrison Ford (a.k.a her future husband) despite meeting him six months prior.
2003: SARAH JESSICA PARKER
SJP took a note from Carrie Bradshaw's signature style by donning a scandalous see-through midi-dress with classic pumps.
2003: MELANIE GRIFFITH
Look beyond the dress: The actress let her heart do the talking with her new tattoo dedicated to her then-husband, Antonio Banderas.
2005: ANNE HATHAWAY
Years before she wowed in Les Misérables, the young actress showed some leg in this interestiiiiiiiiing metallic gown. Anyone else think she visited her craft closet to add those green ribbon straps...
2007: JANE KRAKOWSKI
When in doubt, wear head-to-toe glitter. The Tony-winning actress pulled out all the stops in this sequined silver dress featuring a thigh-high slit.
2008: LIZA MINELLI
All hail the queen! The musical legend made a statement in this barely-there tuxedo dress, complete with a lace bra.
2010: KRISTIN CHENOWETH
This blonde bombshell strayed from Glinda's sweet and demure style for something with a little more sex appeal (and glitter).
2010: JADA PINKETT SMITH
Jada gave off major prom vibes with this ruffled red minidress and sky-high black pumps.
2010: CATE BLANCHETT
By now we know that Cate loves a good pantsuit. She sported one of her first and most revealing menswear-inspired looks at the 64th annual awards.
2011: WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Whoopi + award show fashion = our favorite form of entertainment. At the 2011 show, The View host mixed different patterns, textures, and colors in this buzzed-about look.
2012: BETH BEHRS
Well, hello! The 2 Broke Girls star radiated in a backless Naeem Khan gown.
2012: JESSICA CHASTAIN
The long sleeves and high neck of Jessica's Marios Schwab dress give off a demure vibe — until you realize that it's completely sheer. No wardrobe malfunctions here: The actress wore a nude corset underneath to prevent a red carpet disaster.
2013: ELLE MCLEMORE
Fresh off her Broadway debut in Bring It On, the 22-year-old actress sizzled in a form-fitting black gown with a sheer bodice.
2014: FANTASIA BARRINO
She's come a long way since her American Idol days. The Broadway actress arrived in a skintight teal gown.
2015: KENDALL JENNER
Because you can't have an award show without someone from the Kardashian-Jenner clan. The model wore head-to-toe Calvin Klein to the show but still, viewers were seriously confused why she was there in the first place.
2015: TAYLOR SCHILLING
Nominated for Best Leading Actress in a play called Constellations, Taylor showed up in a long-sleeved Michael Kors dress with flesh-colored panels in the front and back.
2015: LAURA BELL BUNDY
Welp, this isn't an Elle Woods-approved outfit. The Legally Blonde: The Musical actress used her bend and snap knowledge to work her slit in this Black Halo Eve gown by Laurel Burman.
WHAT. A. LOOK. The Canadian-born singer roughed up this feathery Aramni dress with chunky jewelry and thick eyeliner.
2016: LUCY LIU
Lucy added color to the red carpet in this cheery Zuhair Murad Couture halter gown with three-dimensional floral appliqués. Plus, she added even more color with a vibrant purple clutch!
2016: MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD
Bring on the drama: The Fargo actress sparkled in a half sheer, half sequin gown.
2016: MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Nominated for her heartbreaking performance in Blackbird, the Dawson's Creek alum kept it simple and sleek in a monochrome Louis Vuitton dress.
2016: KERI RUSSELL
The best way to show off your post-baby bod is in a plunging red dress, right? Keri gave birth just two weeks before she walked the red carpet in this embellished Monique Lhuillier gown.
2016: CYNTHIA ERIVO
Before taking home an award for her powerhouse performance in The Color Purple, Cythina owned the red carpet in this bold Roberto Cavalli gown.
2017: SARA BAREILLES
The voice behind Waitress left little to the imagination in this galaxy-inspired Naeem Khan dress.
2017: CANDICE SWANEPOEL
The Victoria's Secret Angel's Prabal Gurung gown gave off the illusion of a glittery mesh skirt on top of a dance leotard. Just us? Okay then.
2017: OLIVIA WILDE
Ahead of her Broadway debut in 1984, Olivia wowed in a vibrant Michael Kors dress with matching rosy makeup.
From: Good Housekeeping US
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