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.
2015: China: Through the Looking Glass
If it weren’t for Rihanna’s fashion intuition, this iconic style moment might never have happened. “I actually didn’t think the dress was the right one for her,” the dress’s designer, Chinese couturier Guo Pei, confessed to Women’s Wear Daily. “I thought it would be too heavy and too hot, but she was so touched the moment she put it on.”
The intricately embroidered canary-yellow dress and coordinating massive fur-trim cape were fittingly inspired by the look of a queen, the designer told Elle. The ensemble took Guo Pei 20 months to craft, and weighed a staggering 55 lbs., according to Fashionista. So it’s no wonder it practically shut down the red carpet, as RiRi’s train spanned almost the entire length of the Met steps and required the assistance of three people to help her make her way to the top — which she eventually managed to do, in T-strap Christian Louboutin fall ’15 “Toerless Muse” heels, no less.
As if the gown-cape combo wasn’t extravagant enough, RiRi crowned her look with a vine-like gold headpiece that swirled down onto her forehead. Ruby-colored stones and other jewels embellished the statement piece, which mimicked the shape of the cape’s embroidery. Although her jewelry was over-the-top as well (she also wore a multi-strand beaded gold choker and a diamond ear cuff), Rihanna kept her makeup to a minimum with winged black eyeliner, matte nude lipstick and stick-straight brows.