Most Iconic VMA Moments: Madame Britney Spears Continues Her Winning Streak in 2002

Does Lil' Kim, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, or Rose McGowan have the most memorable VMA fashion moment?

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Welcome back to Celebuzz's Most Iconic VMA Moments showdown. In anticipation of of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA fashion moment ever. Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite VMA performance. (Britney Spears' 2001 performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" won in that category.) This week, it's all about the clothing (or lack thereof). Return each day this week for a new feature on each of our competing fashion statements. You may vote once per hour.

Is Britney Spears' "dominatrix outfit" the most iconic VMA fashion moment ever? Vote below, and read on for a look back at Britney's edgy 2002 appearance.

Britney Shows Off Her Edgy Side at the 2002 MTV VMAs

Let's be real. Britney has one of the best VMA streaks of all time. In 2000, this happened:

Then, one year later, she outdid herself with this:

In 2002, Britney did not perform, but she still managed to make quite a splash when she showed up in a sexy leather dress and cap, evoking a dominatrix-meets-biker-chick aesthetic that hit all the right notes. At the time, Britney was still working to shed some of her "innocent" image, and this outfit helped do the trick. The recently single Britney — REMEMBER WHEN SHE USED TO DATE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?!?!?! — turned heads and made headlines, because that's what she does best.

(Side note: 2003 was also a massive year for Britney at the VMAs, for that was the year she, um, what was it... OH YEAH, MADE OUT WITH MADONNA! Four consecutive years, four hugely iconic appearances? Who among your favs has done the same?)

[Image via InStyle]

I think Britney's 2002 get-up is one of her finest looks ever: sexy, grown-up, and oh-so-Britney. We may remember her performances more than her walks down the red carpet, but this was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

Also of note: This is the outfit that Britney wore when presenting Michael Jackson with his "Artist of the Millenium award." Or, you know, she was asked to wish Michael a happy birthday, and then he accepted a nonexistent award and it was only a little bit #awkward. One icon, dressed in an iconic outfit, presenting an award to another icon? Sounds pretty iconic.

Don't forget to cast your vote for the most iconic VMA outfit above. Again, you may vote once per hour. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the outfits in our poll.

Read our feature on Lil' Kim's iconic "purple pasty" outfit from 1999.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga's iconic meat dress from 2010.

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  • Rob John-Paul Wilkinson
    Rob John-Paul Wilkinson

    Given that Gaga completely ripped off a piece of art from 1987 and said it was her original concept, she in no way deserves any recognition for that dress.

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