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Get your metal on with these chainmail dresses

Text: Meg van Eck; Photography: Getty Images, Bang Showbiz

If there ever was a party outfit that’s adored by the A-listers over the years, it’s the chainmail dress. And to the average eye, it might be hard to see why. Chainmail isn’t the first fabric that comes to mind when you think of fashion favourites because it doesn’t have the romantic feel of lace nor the luscious sophistication of silk. It’s cold, hard and mesh, yet somehow its appeal is enduring. Unapologetically cool and undeniably sexy, the chainmail dress has become a statement piece since its first debut in the 90s, when Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell stepped in out in matching Versace mesh minis. Noughties icon Paris Hilton revisited the look a few years later in 2002, and the most recent debut was Kendall Jenner wearing a barely-there, skimpy version to her 21st birthday, complete with a diamanté choker.
We’re predicting it’ll be the dress of choice for party season – will you be getting your metal on? See how these celebs have been doing it:

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Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Prada at the 2014 Golden Camera Awards

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Margot Robbie wearing Versace at the premiere for I, Tonya

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Ruth Negga wearing Louis Vuitton at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards

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Reese Witherspoon wearing Calvin Klein at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards

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Lily Donaldson wearing Balmain at the Victoria Secrets Afterparty

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Gigi Hadid wearing Versace at the Victoria Secrets Afterparty

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Jourdan Dunn wearing Balmain at the 2016 EMA’s

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Bella Hadid wearing Fannie Schiavoni at her birthday party

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Kendall Jenner wearing LaBourjoisie Swarovski at her 21’st birthday party

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Michelle Obama wearing Versace at United States State Dinner

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Kim Kardashian wearing Balmain at Balmain Aftershow Party

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Paris Hilton wearing August Getty at the Hollywood Beauty Awards 2017

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Zoey Deutch wearing Balmain at the premiere of Why Him

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Alessandra Ambrosio wearing Tom Ford at the GiltLife Launch Party

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our favourite lacy ladies and these naked dresses on the red carpet for more!

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