Most Iconic VMA Moments: Rose McGowan Lets It ALL Hang Out in 1998

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 next week for a new round of voting about the biggest VMA scandal.  You may vote once per hour.

Is Rose McGowan’s barely-there mesh outfit the most iconic VMA fashion moment ever? Vote below, and read on for a nostalgic look back at Rose’s jaw-dropping red carpet look.

Rose McGown Wore Practically Nothing to the 1998 VMAs, Upstaged Even Marilyn Manson

There isn’t much to say about Rose McGowan’s shocking red carpet appearance at the 1998 VMAs, because she wasn’t wearing much of an outfit. It was so outrageous, we can’t even show it uncensored. 

But here’s something to consider: Somehow, Rose managed to out-shock-factor her then-boyfriend, Marilyn Manson, who was, at the time, the most polarizing figure in popular music. If you can, peel your eyes away from Rose’s outfit, and take a look at Mr. Manson. On any other day, his ensemble would have turned more heads than Lil Kim’s purple pasty outfit did the following year. But standing next to Rose, it’s easy to see why his outrageousness was eclipsed.

The fact of the matter is, if you search for “worst VMA outfits of all time,” you will probably see Rose near the top of every list. However, the point is not whether you like this look or not. We’re still writing about this “dress” fifteen years later, which is probably exactly what Rose had in mind when she selected it. What do you say, dear readers? Most iconic VMA outfit of all time?

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.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic dominatrix get-up from 2002.

Read our feature on Nicki Minaj’s iconic Harajuku Barbie ensemble from 2011.