Rihanna has made a significant impact on the fashion industry, disrupting it with her formidable presence. For years, she graced red carpets modeling designs from some of the world’s most prominent fashion houses, while also collaborating on her own collections with brands like Armani and River Island. She is now a 10-figure earning mogul, with multiple clothing businesses under her Fenty company umbrella, and is breaking sartorial records.
Rihanna became the first Black spokeswoman for Dior in 2015 and the first woman to create a brand for luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. She has called fashion her ultimate “defense mechanism” and believes that she can compensate for all of her weaknesses with it. At the 2014 CFDA Fashion Icon Awards, Rihanna stated that “Fashion should never be frustrating, it should be fun.”
Rihanna’s fashion choices are a testament to this belief. From the 50-pound gold Chinese couture gown with a 16-foot train she wore to the 2015 Met Gala to the voluminous pink Giambattista Valli creation she donned at the Grammy Awards that same year, Rihanna has consistently pushed fashion boundaries.
Even during her pregnancy, Rihanna refused to compromise her fashion sense. She stated that there was no way she would shop in the maternity aisle, and that getting dressed up was too much fun to give up just because her body was changing. In May 2022, she welcomed her first child with A$AP Rocky.
Rihanna has had many iconic fashion moments throughout her career. Here are some of her most memorable looks to date.