Cher Confesses She Used Her Iconic 1986 Oscars Dress To Clap Back At The Academy: ‘They Thought I Wasn’t Serious’

Cher is looking back at some of her most iconic looks.

While chatting with Vogue, the Oscar-winning music icon, 73, looked back at some of her best red carpets looks from 1965 to now — even that controversial midriff-baring ensemble she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

Designer Bob Mackie was behind the epic moment, which included a black jewel-encrusted bralette, a side-slit skirt, black boots and the voluminous feather headpiece, which Cher says was her way to clap back at the Academy.

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Photo: Elisa Leonelli/Shutterstock

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“This was one of my favourite outfits,” she explained. “I came to Bob with an idea. I said I want to have a mohawk, [but] that is not actually Indian. I want it to be so over-the-top that it’s next week. The beautiful shawl was cashmere. I loved the whole thing.”

She added, “I had the idea mostly because the Academy didn’t really like me. They hated the way I dressed and I had young boyfriends so they thought I wasn’t serious. So I came out and said, ‘As you can see I got my handbook on how to dress like a serious actress.’”

Cher got her ultimate revenge two years later, when she won the Best Actress award at the 1988 Oscars for her work in the 1987 flick “Moonstruck”.

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