Of Course Rihanna Shut Down the Red Carpet at the Met Gala

September 15, 2021

There’s an art to creating a great Met gala look. At other events, all that’s required is a pretty dress, but you don’t climb the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art unless you’re bringing the drama. As a fan favorite attendee and former cochair, Rihanna understands how to make Met magic. Each of her seven appearances at the event has been memorable, and she’s been responsible for some of the most iconic ensembles ever to grace the Costume Institute fundraiser. Who could forget the papal finery of her John Galliano for Maison Margiela gown at 2018’s “Heavenly Bodies” exhibition or the sweeping scale of her embroidered Guo Pei haute couture at “China: Through the Looking Glass” in 2015. Responsible for consistently raising the night’s fashion bar, Rihanna is the star everyone wants to see.  

Given the anticipation, she decided to save the best for last. The final celebrity to appear on the 2021 Met gala red carpet, she closed out the night in a stunning Balenciaga overcoat and matching hat. The custom look by Demna Gvasalia was unlike anything she had worn previously. Its black ruffles and voluminous scale were a chic interpretation of all-American style. As always, she walked in with swagger, commanding attention from the moment she exited the Carlyle Hotel and began her progression to the Met. Joined by boyfriend ASAP Rocky, who wore a specially made quilt-inspired look by ERL, they ended the evening on a phenomenal high note. 

See All of the Celebrity Looks From the Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet at VOUGUE

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