Rihanna bares almost all in sheer, sparkly dress

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Rihanna attended the CFDA Awards in a sparkling, sheer dress

It was custom-designed by Adam Selman

Vogue magazine and some observers have approved

The singer received the CFDA's 2014 Fashion Icon award

CNN  — 

Rihanna’s presence at Monday’s CFDA Fashion Awards nearly eclipsed the ceremony itself, and she did it while wearing almost nothing at all.

The 26-year-old singer arrived at the stylish event, held by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, in a floor-length sparkling gown that recalled the era of Josephine Baker.

Custom-made by designer Adam Selman, the mostly backless number shone from more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals and was accented with a baby pink feather boa, gloves and a glittering turban.

But it wasn’t just Rihanna’s effortless 1920s glamour that turned heads. As Selman described to Style.com, “the dress is just fishnet and crystals and a couple of fingers crossed.” That left everything that wasn’t covered by a flesh-colored thong on full display.