Cher, 78, turns back time as she wows in cut-out leotard and permed wig at the amFar Gala - more than 30 years after debuting the look

Cher revived a 1980s look at the amFar Gala in Cannes on Sunday as she posed in a bodycon leotard and stockings.

The pop icon, 79, first created the skimpy look in 1989 when she released her signature track If I Could Turn Back Time.

She wore a similarly daring outfit at the annual event held by the the Foundation for AIDS Research in France.

The Believe singer proudly displayed her legs in the bedazzled number and wore a permed wig in a nod to the look of her heyday.

Cher even brought out the slick leather jacket that had completed the look all those years ago as she stormed the stage doing her signature number at the event.

Cher, 78, turned back time as she wowed in a cut-out leotard and permed wig at the amFar Gala in Cannes on Thursday - more than 30 years after debuting the look
Pictured during a 1989 performance

Cher, 78, turned back time as she wowed in a cut-out leotard and permed wig at the amFar Gala in Cannes on Thursday - more than 30 years after debuting the look

In 1989, the singer had just left Sonny & Cher when she was looking to carve out a career in her own right.

Years later, she revealed that the inspiration from her costume actually came from a conversation with her grandmother, who said she wanted some 'really nice leotards' for her birthday.

Meanwhile, just before her performance on Thursday, Cher was introduced by Ghost actress Demi Moore, who scolded an audience member during her brief presenting slot. 

Demi gave Cher a glowing tribute when an audience member in the back seemed to spark her ire.

The video, posted by Ramin Setoodeh on Twitter, starts out with Demi saying, 'I'm going to see if this is the moment we've all been waiting for.'

The actress went on, 'I'm just making sure that you're really, really with me. Because this incredible woman that I'm about to introduce - she's a Grammy winner, an Oscar winner, an Emmy winner.'

At this point Demi paused, seemingly agitated by someone in the audience, before saying, 'Are you an Emmy winner over there in the back of the room? I f*****g don't think so.'

She sizzled up a storm in a black sparkling bodysuit and black leather jacket

She sizzled up a storm in a black sparkling bodysuit and black leather jacket

The Believe hitmaker donned a permed wig in a nod to how she wore her hair in her heyday more than three decades ago

The Believe hitmaker donned a permed wig in a nod to how she wore her hair in her heyday more than three decades ago

The leotard left little to the imagination and was bedazzled with a series of sparking jewels throughout

The leotard left little to the imagination and was bedazzled with a series of sparking jewels throughout

Demi Moore scolded an audience member who sparked her ire for an unknown reason while introducing Cher during the event

Demi Moore scolded an audience member who sparked her ire for an unknown reason while introducing Cher during the event

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The Ghost star, 61, and Cher, 78, posed for pictures together backstage

The Ghost star, 61, and Cher, 78, posed for pictures together backstage

The audience erupted in a mix of surprised reactions, with some cheers, before Demi resumed.

'She's a style icon and my personal hair inspiration. And she was was honored by amfAR for their award of inspiration in 2015.'

'The bottom line is she is just one of the most talented, successful, and best-loved performers of all time,' Demi went on.

'So please,' she said, before taking another notably long pause, as she stared out over the crowd, before continuing, 'please give a warm welcome to the incredible, one and only, Cher.'

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