Great Outfits: Mariah Carey’s Sparkly Emmanuel Ungaro Butterfly Top

There are those celebrity style moments that fit perfectly, and then there are the moments that really stick with you, the moments you try so hard to recreate at home. In ‘The Great Outfits in Fashion History’, Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.
We know Mariah Carey loves butterfly prints – she’s been incorporating them into her red carpet looks for years, after releasing her eponymous album in 1997. One of the greatest examples of this This is also one of the earliest (and most referenced): her outfit from “VH1’s Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross.”
The special was filmed at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in April 2000; Carey performed alone and with the woman of the time on stage. In step and repeat, she wore an Emanuel Ungaro beaded butterfly crop top with low-rise low-rise jeans and medium-sized metal sandals. It’s basically a Y2K blueprint – so much so that we’ve seen both Saweetie and Olivia Rodrigo wear very similar outfits (down to low-rise jeans!) in recent memory.
This particular Mimi look lives among a host of other charming butterfly populations from several decades ago, with stars like Cher, Naomi Campbell, Christina Aguilera, Salma Hayek and most recently Dua Lipa. Recreate Carey’s 2000s outfit with pieces from the collection, below.

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