Rihanna’s Met Gala Dresses
This year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has officially recognized her as their queen by bestowing RiRi with the honor of co-chair for the event
Rihanna has reigned over the Met Gala red carpet for a decade now, captivating the fashion crowd with everything from her game-changing androgynous take on black tie dressing in 2009 to last year’s sculptural floral Commes des Garçons masterpiece. This year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has officially recognized her as their queen by bestowing RiRi with the honor of co-chair for the event, which is themed “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” alongside fellow fashion icons Donatella Versace and Amal Clooney.
Having wowed us in the past with her jaw-dropping looks as an attendee, we can only imagine how the “Work” singer will slay the theme in her new role this year. To amp up the Anti-cipation, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive guide to all of Rihanna’s stunning style moments since the very first time she graced the carpet back in 2007.
2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons
A decade after her Met Gala debut, Rihanna’s bold 2017 look — a dress from the Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 RTW runway paired with strappy red sandals — was one of the most memorable looks of the night. The wearable work of art balanced architecture with whimsy, and featured a floral base print, 3D petal-like embellishments blooming in shades of pink around her torso and down the side as well as two sculptural pieces on either side that gave the illusion of a full skirt.
With her Fenty Beauty line set to release later that fall, the then-budding beauty mogul made sure her makeup was equally statement-making, pulling colors from her dress to create a sharply defined deep-pink pout and metallic pink blush that swept from her brown bones to cheek bones. To (literally) top off the look, she swept her hair into a messy-chic topknot that she balanced with fringy bangs.
And while the avant garde ensemble may look impossibly difficult to wear — let alone get into — the star told Vogue‘s André Leon Talley, “It’s actually really easy, it’s booty shorts and you buckle some snaps.” The ultra-strappy sandals were another story: “The shoes took me an hour to get into,” she admitted.