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See all of Rihanna's Met Gala looks over the years

She said her 2024 outfit will be "real simple" compared to what she's previously worn.
"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Candids
Rihanna attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014.Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Rihanna always delivers at the Met Gala. 

The pop superstar and makeup mogul has attended the exclusive event multiple times. May 6’s upcoming gala, which she confirmed she will attend, will be her 11th appearance. 

She recently teased her outfit for the dress code, which is described as “The Garden of Time.” The dress code accompanies the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s new exhibit, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” featuring about 250 rare items from the Costume Institute’s permanent collection.

Rihanna’s approach, given her history, is somewhat surprising.

“I’m actually keeping it real simple this year … very simple” she said in a conversation with Extra. “It’s gonna come to what my makeup and what my hair is going to do.”

Compared to what she’s done in the past, she said her options — she’s weighing two — are “very simple-ish.”

“I’m showing up for dinner! Shout out to Anna Wintour,” she said, referring to Vogue’s editor who serves as a co-chair for the event, which raises money for the Costume Institute.


Theme: "Poiret: King of Fashion"

At her first Met Gala, Rihanna sported a white Georges Chakra dress, with black fishnet gloves and one red rose.

MET Costume Institute Benefit Gala Presents "Poiret: King Of Fashion"
Rihanna at the 2007 Met Gala.Peter Kramer / Getty Images


Theme: "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion"

Rihanna stunned in a Dolce & Gabba tuxedo. The look was accompanied with a slick hairdo, fully swooped to the side.

Rihanna, 2009 Met Gala
Rihanna at the 2009 Met Gala.Chance Yeh / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images


Theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

Rihanna showed up in a black, glimmering and lace-adorned Stella McCartney number. She wore her hair in a long red braid, draped down her shoulder.

"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Arrivals
Rihanna at the 2011 Met Gala.Kevin Mazur / WireImage


Theme: "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations"

Like the two years prior, Rihanna wore black to the Met Gala. This year's Tom Ford, long-sleeved dress had a textured pattern and a low backline. Her hair was styled in multiple buns.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala
Rihanna at the 2012 Met Gala.Larry Busacca / Getty Images


Theme: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"

Rihanna went back from all-black to all-white, for 2014's red carpet. She told British Vogue that this two-piece, silk, Stella McCartney number was a favorite Met Gala look of hers.

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala
Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy / FilmMagic


Theme: "China: Through the Looking Glass"

Bring on the color! Rihanna's Guo Pei gown took two years to make and four men to carry.

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala
Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala.Kevin Mazur / WireImage
"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals
Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala.Rabbani and Solimene Photography / Getty Images


Theme: "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between"

For the 2017 Met Gala, she wore an off the runway Comme des Garcons piece, from the Fall 2016 collection. This dress featured floral fabrics, fashioned to look like petals.

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala
Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy / FilmMagic


Theme: "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"

Rihanna served as a co-chair and showed up as a high fashion pope to the 2018 Met Gala. Her bejeweled Maison Margiela by John Galliano look came complete with a large bejeweled crown.

Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala.
Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala.John Shearer / Getty Images


Theme: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Closing out the night and shutting down the red carpet, Rihanna stunned one again, this time wearing a black Balenciaga hooded gown with jewels. She came to play, and maybe be comfy, alongside her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, who wore a giant quilt by ERL.

ASAP Rocky and Rihanna at the 2021 Met Gala
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky at the 2022 Met Gala.Arturo Holmes / Getty Images


Theme: “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”

Rihanna was one of the last to arrive to the carpet. Pregnant with her second child, she wore a white Valentino dress, a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld's "Chanel brides," who closed out his runway shows.

Rihanna at the 2023 Met Gala
Rihanna at the 2023 Met Gala.Michael Buckner / Variety via Getty Images