Rihanna's Red Carpet Style Doesn't Hold Back

From haute couture gowns to barely-there maternity wear, Riri's outfits serve up some serious fashion inspo.

Rihanna in blush pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress in 2017
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She's one of the biggest stars in the world, and she plays by her own rules — especially when it comes to fashion. Rihanna is known for her fearless, edgy, and innovative style choices, and has been dressed by every major designer you'd care to name. From the street to the red carpet, we are fascinated by the Barbados-born singer's sartorial choices.

Rihanna makes an entrance with equal parts high style and high camp. "There's such a confidence and fearlessness with her approach to dressing," says designer Matthew Adams Dolan. "Having her support has meant the world to me."

Take a look back at Rihanna's best red carpet moments, ahead.

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Alaïa, 2023

Rhianna in a mixed material dark gown with turtleneck, leather, and slits

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Her first of four outfits of the night, Rihanna arrived at the Oscars in figure-hugging formalwear/maternitywear by Alaïa. The interplay of contrasting materials, namely, the leather bandeau and skirt (with its cut-out slits) against a sheer mesh turtleneck made it stand out.

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Rick Owens, 2022

Rihanna in a strapless gray dress with opera gloves

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At the Hollywood premiere of Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, Rihanna stepped out in this dazzling denim dress covered in sparkling olive-toned sequins.

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Coperni, 2022

A pregnant Rihanna in a cropped gray top and shimmery silver maxiskirt

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A twisted halter-neck top might not be the first item you reach for when you're pregnant, but then again, Rihanna has redefined maternity wear. Plus, here she was celebrating the launch of Fenty Beauty at Ulta in L.A. (hence, the sparkle).

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Attico, 2022

Rihanna in a shimmery banded green halter top with glittery multicolored pants

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The mom-to-be demonstrated her fearless sense of style — and baby bump — in a custom Attico shredded green halter top and gradient-colored pants.

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Balenciaga, 2021

Rihanna in a voluminous, oversized, black dress at the Met Gala

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Rihanna was fashionably late to the Met Gala's "Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion," saving the best for last. She wore this oversized moody black dress which contrasted sharply with A$AP Rocky's amazing technicolor dreamcoat.

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Givenchy, 2020

Rihanna in a bright purple dress with ruffled skirt

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The cultural icon accepted the President’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards for her global contributions to music, art, and business, in haute couture.

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Fenty, 2019

Rihanna in a gren seafoam dress with matching jacket and gloves

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Rihanna made a splash at the Fashion Awards in London wearing her own monochrome seafoam green dress, wrap, gloves, and shoes. By the end of the night, she would come away with her first fashion award for Fenty.

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Jacquemus, 2019

Rihanna in an all-white loose-fitting suit

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The entrepreneur was in Seoul promoting Fenty Beauty in this oversized, white power suit — and perhaps Savage x Fenty, too. A hint of the brand's metallic lace teddy can be seen peeking out from underneath her blazer.

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Givenchy, 2019

Rihanna in an black long-sleeve turtleneck dress with white skirt

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The singer attended and performed at the 5th Annual Diamond Ball wearing this black velvet gown that fit her like a glove.

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Atelier Versace, 2018

Rihanna in a snakeskin minidress, pumps, and bucket hat

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To celebrate Fenty Beauty's one-year anniversary in Sydney, Riri opted for a maximalist snakeskin print wardrobe — accessories included.

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Ralph & Russo Couture, 2017

Rihanna in a black Ralph & Russo Couture gown
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Rihanna stole the show at her 3rd Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation. The singer wore a high-low tuxedo-inspired gown, complete with a flowing train and satin bustier; layers of Chopard jewelry, black sheer tights, and sparkling strappy heels.

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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, 2017

Rihanna in pink tulle Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress in 2017
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Rihanna stole the show while on the red carpet for the premiere of Valerian, wearing a pink tulle mini dress with voluminous sleeves and a gigantic tulle train. A pair of knee-high strappy sandals and pink sapphire hoop earrings by Chopard completed the fairytale look.

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Marc Jacobs, 2016

Rihanna in a sheer, floral embroidered Marc Jacobs gown
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For the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year event, Rihanna chose a sheer, floral embroidered gown and pointy-toe sneaker heels.

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Armani, 2016

Rihanna in a lavender tiered Armani mermaid gown in 2016
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Rihanna chose a lavender tiered mermaid gown for the 2016 Brit Awards.

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Giambattista Valli, 2015

Rihanna in a pink cupcake gown by Giambattista Valli at the 57th Annual Grammys
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Minutes before the red carpet ended, the singer arrived to the Grammys in a show-stopping pink cupcake gown by Giambattista Valli. "She wears couture like a T-shirt," the designer tells us.

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Giorgio Armani, 2015

Rihanna in a gold Giorgio Armani suit in 2015
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Rihanna wore a gold Giorgio Armani tuxedo suit to the 2015 BET Awards when introducing her new music video.

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Fendi, 2015

Rihanna in bronze leather Fendi dress with plush light pink coat in 2015
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The singer wore a bronze leather Fendi dress to the opening of the brand's New York flagship store in 2015.

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Zac Posen, 2015

Rihanna in a bordeaux-colored Zac Posen v-neck dress in 2015
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Rihanna wore a maroon Zac Posen dress to the designer's fall 2015 runway show in New York City.

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Adam Selman, 2015

Rihanna in a light pink Adam Selman dress in 2015
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Rihanna wore a pink Adam Selman dress to the NBA All-Star Night in 2015.

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Christian Dior, 2015

Rihanna in a Dior pink satin dress in 2015
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Rihanna attended the 2015 Los Angeles premiere of Home in a Dior pink satin dress.

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Dior, 2015

Rihana in a Dior denim A-line dress
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She attended the Dior Fall/Winter 2015 repeat show in head-to-toe Dior, which consisted of an embroidered denim dress that she complemented with oversize shades, a ladylike purse, Dior Fine Jewelry, and sleek calf-high boots.

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Dior, 2015

Rihanna in a blue jacquard Dior jacket with a matching skirt and white boots
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At the Tidal Launch Event, the singer styled a blue cotton jacquard Dior jacket with a matching skirt, square hoops, and white calf-high Dior boots.

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Zac Posen, 2014

Rihanna in a blush-colored satin Zac Posen dress in 2014

The singer wore a rose-colored Zac Posen gown to the First Annual Diamond Ball for the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2014.

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Stella McCartney, 2014

Rihanna wearing a black Stella McCartney blazer a dress in 2014
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Rihanna wore a Stella McCartney tuxedo blazer as a dress to the 2014 British Fashion Awards.

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Stella McCartney, 2014

Rihanna in a couture Stella McCartney white crop top and draped long skirt and train
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At the 2014 Met Gala, the singer chose a couture Stella McCartney crop top and draped long skirt and train, which she paired with a diamond choker necklace.

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