SJP Did the Unthinkable and Found a New Type of Sheer Dress to Wear

Is that you, Carrie Bradshaw? Nope, it's Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a look that would make her Sex and the City character's jaw drop, just as it did ours. SJP stepped out for the New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala last night wearing a showstopping red gown by Giles Deacon Couture. (Fun fact: That's also the designer of Pippa Middleton's wedding dress.) She paired the dress with color-coordinated heels from her namesake shoe line.

With its poofy sleeves and bubble hem, we can't help but think the designer used the '80s as inspiration for the dress, which is fitting since it's a major trend this fall. (Also, it reminded us a bit of her wedding dress for the Sex and the City movie.) That said, the dress's feature that really grabbed our attention was the unique take on the sheer trend.

Sheer (aka naked) dresses are obviously a celebrity favorite, but Parker's take was decidedly subtle. We'd really thought we'd seen every type of sheer dress on the planet, but this one is actually fresh and unique. The dress featured sheer sleeves that attached to frilly cuffs (creating a cool optical illusion) and a sheer back that she dutifully showed off on the red carpet. You probably just want to see it for yourself now, right? Keep scrolling to do just that and to see more of Sarah Jessica Parker's sheer dress moments over the years.


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On Sarah Jessica Parker: Giles Deacon Couture dress; Bienen Davis bag; SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoes


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Past SJP Sheer Dress Moments


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WHAT: Intimissimi flagship boutique opening in 2017


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WHAT: Louis Vuitton F/W show in 2012


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WHAT: New York City Ballet Spring Gala in 2011


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WHAT: Tony Awards in 2003

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.