Throughout the 74 years of the Met Gala, there have been many iconic looks on the red carpet, but music and fashion star Rihanna has managed to consistently produce the most stunning and impressive looks on the internet. year after year.
Rihanna is arguably the most anticipated guest at the Met Gala, with good reason given the number of spectacular looks she’s worn in recent years. While it’s unconfirmed if Rihanna will attend Monday’s Met Gala, which celebrates the “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibit, she will likely be the most anticipated arrival of the evening.
The music icon, who is currently pregnant with her first child, began her Met Gala reign with more low-key, traditional red carpet styles before moving on to the dramatic, fashionable looks that onlookers have come to expect now.
Rihanna made her Met Gala debut in 2007 for the ‘Poiret: King of Fashion’ exhibition, which she attended wearing a white Georges Chakra dress embellished with silver gemstones and paired with cropped mesh gloves. Her next appearance was two years later for “The Model as Muse” exhibition, where she wore a fitted tuxedo with sculptural shoulders by Dolce & Gabbana. She opted for a more understated yet elegant red carpet style again in 2011 for the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibit, wearing a one-shoulder black lace Stella McCartney dress.
Her Met Gala red carpet style took a dramatic turn in 2015 for the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ exhibit. Rihanna stunned on the red carpet wearing a custom bright yellow Guo Pei gown, a look that has since become one of the most memorable of her overall style trajectory.
Rihanna seemingly upped the ante for her upcoming Met Gala appearance in 2017 for the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’ exhibit when she arrived on the red carpet looking edgy on the theme of the floral petals of Comme des Garçons.
For many, Rihanna’s 2018 Met Gala outfit is considered the best ever. For the ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ exhibit, Rihanna left her mark on the red carpet wearing a beaded and bejeweled white gown inspired by Maison Margiela Pope with a matching miter.
While waiting to see if Rihanna will return to the Met Gala this year, WWD takes a look back at the evolution of the music icon’s Met Gala style. Click on the gallery above to learn more.
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