Nicole Kidman's Ab-Baring Dress Brought the Drama to the Red Carpet

Nicole Kidman's Saint Laurent gown is the latest outfit to turn heads on this summer's firey red carpets. The megastar stepped out for a special screening of her new Paramount+ show Special Ops: Lioness in an ab-bearing black gown, complete with sheer elbow-length gloves, pointed-toe sandals, and a rectangular clutch. 

And, while not all of us have the super-impressive abs that Kidman worked to strengthen as part of her latest role, we can still crib a few style notes from this dramatic A-list look that came together thanks to celebrity stylist Julia von Boehm, who Kidman has worked with for years. 

Ahead, shop 12 gorgeous black gowns with various cutouts that make it fun to show off a little skin at your next big event. Keep it simple with matching black accessories, or lean into the drama with mesh gloves and stiletto sandals like Kidman. When a dress looks this good, everything else falls into place. 


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On Nicole Kidman: Saint Laurent dress, sandals, and clutch; Harry Winston earrings. 

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Drew Elovitz
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Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.