Absolutely gorgeous!!! Rihanna’s extravagant Met Gala style evolution since 2007

It may be hard to believe, but  was in fact Rihanna’s 10th. She has attended many over the years, but she didn’t always make the huge entrance she does today. In fact, in the early days some of her looks were surprisingly subtle.

While 2015’s yellow Guo Pei dress caused a stir with its huge train, in 2023,  caused a stir just by being herself. This time she wore a custom Valentino gown with a coat made of flowers wrapped around her ever-growing baby bump.

Here’s a look at everything Rihanna has worn to the fashion event since 2007.

1. Starting out simple, 2007

Before she ruled the Met Gala red carpet, Rihanna simply walked it. Photo: Getty

For her first Met Gala appearance in May 2007, the singer went with a relatively simple but pretty Georges Chakra white gown with silver embellishments on the bodice.

She paired the gown with some black mesh gloves and a red rose to fit the “Poiret: King of Fashion” theme. It was a subtle look for the then-rising star, who would soon amp up the stakes.

2. Voluminous tux, 2009

Rihanna in her short hair phase totally rocked this puffy sleeved D&G tux at her second Met Gala. Photo: Getty

In May 2009 she went for a much bolder look – an over-the-top suit by Dolce & Gabbana.

The dramatics of the oversized shoulder pads worked wonderfully for the event’s “The Model as Muse” theme, and it also paired perfectly with Rihanna’s edgy pixie crop.

3. Savage beauty, 2011

Rihanna’s red hair matched the red carpet at 2011’s Alexander McQueen themed Met Gala. Photo: Getty

For May 2011’s “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” theme, she wore a one-sleeved black lace gown by Stella McCartney.


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The dress is stunning on its own, but her long, bright-red side-braid added a nice pop of colour.

4. Slinky crocodile leather, 2012

One of Rihanna’s more simple Met Gala looks was by Tom Ford for the 2012 Met Gala. Photo: Getty

In May 2012, she proved that something as simple as an interesting texture can be enough to make a dress memorable.

She wore this black embossed crocodile Tom Ford design to the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”-themed gala.

5. Cutting edge in white, 2014

Rihanna wears a Stella McCartney gown on 2014’s Met Gala red carpet. Photo: Getty

May 2014’s “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” theme saw the singer return to Stella McCartney for this unique two-piece ensemble.

The silhouette may resemble a gown, but the backless crop top gave it a distinctly modern edge.

6. An empress in yellow, 2015

Rihanna wore a design by Chinese couturier Guo Pei to the 2015 Met Gala. Photo: Getty

For May 2015’s gala, Rihanna pulled out all the stops in an extravagant Guo Pei design for the “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme.

The singer making her way down the red carpet while her luxuriously long yellow train flowed behind her will always be an iconic Met Gala moment.

7. Flower explosion, 2017

Rihanna was an explosion of colour at the 2017 Met Gala. Photo: AFP

She gave us her most avant-garde look yet with this ensemble adorned with giant floral embellishments in May 2017.

The theme of the night was “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” and Rihanna appropriately went with a Comme des Garçons design.

8. Heavenly headpiece, 2018

Rihanna at the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” Met Gala in 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE

For the 2018 Met Gala, Rihanna didn’t disappoint with this Margiela ensemble that seemed to be inspired by the pope.

She wore a high-low skirt, plenty of jewellery and an attention-commanding headpiece that cemented her status as the undisputed queen of Met Gala fashion.

9. Devastating in Demna, 2021

Barbadian singer Rihanna at the 2021 Met Gala, where theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”.

Photo: AFP

Rihanna made a statement in a couture coatdress as one of the last celebrities to arrive at the 2021 Met Gala.

The Fenty founder wore a couture Balenciaga coatdress designed by creative director Demna Gvasalia.

Rihanna paired the look with a beanie hat, a diamond necklace and a stunning crystal headpiece.

10. Oversized floral tribute, 2023

Barbadian singer Rihanna arrives for the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. Photo: AFP

Rihanna arrived at the 2023 Met Gala fashionably late again this year in a white gown with a coordinating coat.

For the  gala, Rihanna wore a custom Valentino haute couture gown.

The dress had a form-fitting bodice that showed off her baby bump with a rosette in the centre. A dropped-waist skirt flowed into a long train.

Rihanna completed the ensemble with a hooded coat that was entirely covered in oversized flowers, a pair of fingerless gloves, and sunglasses with eyelashes on them.

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