There's no doubt that Rihanna stole the show when she arrived at the Met Ball on Monday night wearing a yellow gown and dramatic embroidered cape, which covered most of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's infamous staircase as she posed for the cameras. While most stars turn to designers to create custom-made gowns for them to wear at the glitzy event, the 27-year-old chose her red carpet look in a more unconventional way.
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Rihanna wowed in a Guo Pei haute couture gown at the 2015 Met Ball
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.
The haute couture look was from the designer's 2010 collection
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".