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Rihanna’s Style Revolution: Her Most Iconic Red Carpet Moments


Jan. 20 2024, Published 5:24 p.m. ET

If she wants, Rihanna could compete for the crown of the best dressed in the history of the MET Gala. And I think she has a fair chance to be crowned queen, thanks to her glamorous look at the Gala almost every year since ‘07. Don't take my word for it. Here's how her style has evolved on different nights of the MET Gala from 2007 until 2023:

Rihanna in 2007 at the MET Gala

Theme: Poiret: King of Fashion Designer: Georges Chakra Here, Rihana chose a white Georges Chakra dress with stone embellishments and crystals — a solid start for RiRi who would soon be the Queen of the Met Gala.

Rihanna in 2009 at the MET Gala

Theme: The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion Designer: Dolce & Gabbana At the MET gala in 2009, Rihanna appeared in a tuxedo designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The jacket with balloon sleeves and the leather gauntlets on her hands was notable in the design.

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Rihanna in 2011 at the MET Gala

Theme: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Designer: Stella McCartney This gala celebrated the life and work of English designer Alexander McQueen. Here, Rihanna decided on a lace dress made by Stella McCartney in black. See how it contrasts with her iconic red hair?

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Rihanna in 2012 at the MET Gala

Theme: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations Designer: Tom Ford Rihanna had already achieved pop legend status and was also one of the expected figures on the red carpet. Here, the singer appeared in a backless leather dress designed by Tom Ford.

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Rihanna in 2015 at the MET Gala

Theme: China: Through the Looking Glass Designer: Guo Pei This was the year Rihanna wished everyone luck next time at the Met Gala. Her yellow embroidered mile-long dress, designed by Guo Pei, was the absolute winner of the night. It was one of the historic moments in fashion in recent years — and solidified her place as a fashion icon.

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Rihanna in 2017 at the MET Gala

Theme: Rei Kawakubo: Art of the In-Between Designer: Comme des Garçons After Guo Pei’s stunning dress two years earlier, RiRi returned to the event in a floral-print dress with impressive architectural workmanship.

Rihanna in 2018 at the MET Gala

Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Designer: John Galliano Rihanna was one of the hosts in 2018, so nothing less could be expected from her. The businesswoman appeared transformed with a dress, coat, and miter all impeccably embroidered, courtesy of John Galliano.

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Rihanna in 2021 at the MET Gala

Theme: In America: A Lexicon of Fashion Designer: Balenciaga A few minutes after finishing the red carpet on the Metropolitan Museum of Art steps, Rihanna was wrapped in a voluminous Balenciaga overcoat and hat in the same harmony with the look.

Rihanna in 2023 at the MET Gala

Theme: Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty Designer: Valentino Following the birth of her first child, the singer withdrew from public events for a little while. At the 2023 Met Gala she made her comeback, sporting a baby bump under the white Valentino hooded gown with a cape made of 500 petals.

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