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While the 2023 Met Gala has already been flooded with controversy, from the ticket price to the theme of the night, many are still expecting a bunch of their fav A-listers to attend in style — including Oscar-nominated songstress Rihanna.
Not only has Rihanna arrived in style at every Met Gala she steps foot at, but everyone associates her (and quite a few other A-listers) with that iconic Met scene from Ocean’s 8. Along with that, people were so desperate for her to arrive at the 2022 Met Gala, that in lieu of her attendance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art created a marble statue of her iconic Vogue shoot where she showed off her baby bump, per ABC.
In a previous interview per Harper’s Bazaar, when asked about her style, Rihanna said, “The way I dress depends on how I feel. I never have to psych myself up. Usually it just feels like it works.” Forever a confident Queen!
From edgy A-line dresses to elaborate, pearl-encrusted ensembles, Rihanna always understands the assignment.
In honor of the 2023 Met Gala tonight, let’s take a look back at every single time Rihanna made our jaws drop with her edgy, mesmerizing red carpet fashion.
Check out her gorgeous Met Gala looks below:
2007: “Poiret: King Of Fashion”
For Rihanna’s Met Gala debut, she perfectly embodied the loose and free-spirited vibes the dress code wanted for the theme of “Poiret: King Of Fashion.” So for the 2007 event, she donned a flowing white Georges Chakra, which he paired with black lace gloves, sparkling silver jewels, and her iconic asymmetrical bob.
2009: “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion”
For the 2009 Met Gala theme of “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion,” Rihanna rocked one of her most iconic Met Gala looks to date: a ruffle-sleeved, black Dolce & Gabbana suit.
2011: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”
How is this black lace Stella McCartney look not talked about more?! Back in 2011 for the theme of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” Rihanna wowed in this sheer naked dress, along with Christian Louboutin sandals, emerald Wilfredo Rosado earrings, and a fire red fishnet braid.
2012: “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations”
Rihanna switched up the night’s theme, and turned heads with this black snakeskin-patterned Tom Ford dress.
2014: “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”
Rihanna switched up her usually dark Met Gala looks by taking inspiration from her Met Gala debut dress for 2014’s “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” theme. For the theme, many were expected to arrive in something that was inspired by James’ architecturally mesmerizing looks, and since cutouts were a rarity in 2014, Rihanna hit the top of the best-dressed lists with this white Stella McCartney ensemble.
2015: “China: Through The Looking Glass”
For the 2015 theme “China: Through The Looking Glass,” Rihanna donned one of the most dramatic looks the Met Gala has ever seen: a yellow, fur-trimmed robe look from Chinese designer Guo Pei.
2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between”
One of Rihanna’s most beloved red carpet looks of all time is this mesmerizing, avant-garde Comme des Garçons dress made from 3D petal-like embellishments.
2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination”
While it seems like every look from the 2018 Met Gala was one of the best looks the Met Gala has ever seen, Rihanna’s Maison Margiela definitely stole the show. To honor the unique theme, she wowed in a Pope-inspired look of a pearl and jewel-encrusted, matching miter, and cloak.
2021: “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion”
For her 2021 Met Gala look for “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion” (where she and A$AP Rocky made their red carpet debut!), she arrived in an oversized black Balenciaga coat dress, matching beanie, and jewelry from Bulgari, Thelma West, and Maria Tash.
She told Essence, “I wanted a look that seemed very powerful yet feminine, yet a black hoodie which is the thing that we’re usually incriminated by as black people. I wanted to empower that. I wanted to take that and make it mine and make it fashion.”
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