In a show-stopping embroidered robe with a train that required multiple handlers, there’s no doubt that Rihanna stole the show at the Met Gala on Monday night (May 4). Slowly making her way up the famous stairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the style icon’s dramatic gold cape made for some of the highly anticipated event’s best photos ever. And it seems the 27-year-old shunned conventionality when selecting her dress, skipping the custom-made route for something decidedly more modern.
The Diamonds singer told Vanity Fair that she had ‘found it online’ and discovered it had taken designer Guo Pei ‘two years to make’. No doubt being championed by Rihanna was the icing on the cake for the relatively unknown designer, who has two pieces showcased in the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit for which the event was held.
“I’m so in love with this dress, but the train is insane!” added Rihanna. “I can’t really walk in it without any help. But it’s so worth it. I love this dress so much.”
The star’s haute couture ensemble caused a social media frenzy with fans immediately creating memes and clamouring to find out who had created the show-stopping look, making it one of the most talked-about outfits of the night.
Meanwhile, designer Guo found out just a week or two before the gala that the pop star would be wearing her designs, but admitted to Fashionista that she initially ‘didn’t know very much about Rihanna’. However, she has since discovered the singer’s fashion-forward style credentials.
“Only [she] could wear it. Not everyone can handle that dress,” Guo added. “Only women who have the confidence of a queen could wear it.”
She revealed that upon trying the dress on for the first time, Rihanna turned to the designer and said, “It feels like a dress for the Queen of China”.