Typically, Reba McEntire is known for her hits, unique voice, and her faith in God. But that doesn’t mean the famous redhead is lacking a sexy side. In fact, one of her gowns was so revealing, her daddy thought she had it on backward. Let’s take a look back to the famous too-hot-too-handle red dress.
That Red Dress
Women get it. There’s that dress. Reba’s 1993 CMA Awards red dress was her biggest “that” dress of all.
Sandra Spike, her stylist, designed the famous dress. Floor length and hugging her curves, the lines from her hit song “Fancy” perfectly describe it: “It was red velvet, and it fit me good.”
But it wasn’t just the figure-accentuating bodice that drew the attention. With a plunging neckline almost to her navel, Reba was definitely showing some assets that the public didn’t often get to see (maybe she wanted to give Dolly a run for her money?)
It was so revealing that when she stepped on stage, there was an audible gasp from the audience. Of course, Reba knew that that wasn’t a bad thing.
Looking back on it, she described how she got into it– and what she got out of it.
“Dang, I look good!”
McEntire wore the red dress for her performance of “Does He Love You.” This was a duet with Linda Davis (Linda Davis is the mother of Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.) Several years later, she told People about the experience.
She said she didn’t realize how revealing the dress was. “When I put it on in the dressing room at the Grand Ole Opry for the show, I thought, ‘Maybe it’s just the lighting in here.’ And when I walked out on the stage, I heard the audience go ‘Oooooh!’ And I thought, ‘Dang, I look good!”
Even Vince Gill was shocked. “I mean, Reba is a beautiful woman, but she’s like your sis! She is to me,” Gill said in the same interview. “But what’s great about that moment was that it was unexpected out of Reba.”
She definitely got something out of the experience– amazing press. She joked that despite not winning an award, she still made the front pages. Of course, by today’s standards, the dress is fairly tame. But in 1993, she was setting the stage on fire with that red dress.
And one more bit of juicy trivia: The red dress was so famous, the Country Music Hall of Fame put it on display.