Why Rihanna is the Met Gala's reigning red-carpet MVP

Carla Harmon
May 3, 2017

This year's theme is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, a look into the avant garde takes in fashion. The actress, who plays Queen Elizabeth on the poplar Netflix series The Crown, made her Costume Institue's gala debut on Monday evening. Twists, knots, curls and folds: the fantastical, boundary-pushing creations of legendary designer Rei Kawakubo explore the space where fashion ends and art begins.

Gaga wasn't alone in her opinion - other outlets, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Us Weekly also named Rihanna one of the best-dressed for her petal-covered Comme Des Garcons couture dress from the 2017 collection.

Flashing a very small and discreet smile at the cameras as she made her way into the event, Anna looked every inch the frosty fashionista - an image which was, surprisingly, shattered just a few hours later with her dance moves. People.com compared her look to animated cartoon character Inspector Gadget and we have to agree.

Clearly the Roar singer was the ideal choice as far as Anna was concerned however; in her colleague Lisa's grainy footage, the famously-frosty Vogue Editor-in-Chief can be seen dancing with relative abandon, swaying from side-to-side while her sequined gown flashed in the disco lights. The reality star walked the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala wearing a dress that left little to the imagination.

In the guide that accompanies the exhibition, she offers another perspective: "I work around the figure, but I am never limited by what the figure has to be".

Comme des Garcons focuses on asymmetry, imbalance and the form and structure of the garment, often relegating the wearer to the background.

And also she showed off her ass.

Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, Marc Jacobs, Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, among others, were caught in social media snaps puffing on cigarettes while attending the lavish annual affair at the iconic 147-year-old Metropolitan Museum of Art. And then there was Solange Knowles, who wore a Thom Browne puffy coat with ice skates - yes, real ice skates.

Lilly Collins, her hair in a black, banged crop with dark red lips, paid homage to Kawakubo in a black strapless bodice paired with a high-waisted full skirt in pink, from Giambattista Valli.

In 2015, the Met Gala's theme was "China: Through the Looking Glass".

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