RECKLESS

Beyoncé has rocked the same designer for the last five Met Galas

For most of the celebrity A-listers invited to attend the Met gala—an opening party for the Costume Institute’s flagship annual exhibition, and fashion’s most important red carpet event—it’s typical to wear a dress that at least nods to the theme of the exhibit.

But boss that she is, Beyoncé creates her own traditions, and over the last five galas, a routine has solidified: She is the last to arrive on the carpet, with her stylist Ty Hunter in tow to arrange the train of a long-sleeved, body-skimming gown that clearly states: “I DGAF about a dress code.”

Or, perhaps, “I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress.”

2012

Beyonce arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Monday, May 7, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Beyonce at the 2012 Met gala in Givenchy. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

2013

Singer Beyonce Knowles attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture", on Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Beyoncé at the 2013 Met gala in Givenchy. (Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)

2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Beyonce attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Beyoncé at the 2014 Met gala in Givenchy. (Getty Images/Mike Coppola)

2015

Beyonce Knowles attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Beyoncé at the 2015 Met gala in Givenchy. (Invision/AP/Evan Agostini)

Riccardo Tisci, the designer behind Givenchy, was a co-chair of the Met gala with Beyoncé in 2013, and is a frequent fixture on the red carpet—both as a designer and a date.

Italian designer Riccardo Tisci appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Givenchy during Paris Fashion Week September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR482IB
Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Last night he walked the carpet with Madonna; last week he accompanied Nicki Minaj to the Time 100 gala; he’s close to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, artist Marina Abramovic, and musician Ciara.

Like she growls in “Formation,” Beyoncé does seem to be getting increasingly reckless when she rocks her Givenchy dresses. Last year’s beaded tulle dress was totally transparent—though naked dresses were really having a moment between Bey, J.Lo, and Kim K.—and she looked amazing.

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But last night’s look was next-level daring. Close your eyes and imagine someone telling you to picture a flesh-toned, second-skin, latex gown with mutton sleeves, faded flowers, and pearls of varying sizes. It sounds hideous—and to be honest, on the hanger, it most certainly would be. This shouldn’t be flattering on anyone, but by god, here is Beyoncé, and she looks better than good.

2016

Singer-Songwriter Beyonce Knowles arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2CISY
Take your time. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Beyonce Knowles arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
She might have to hold her clutch that way all night. (Invision/AP/Charles Sykes)

Within less than a day, the gown has found its own mythology. On social media, the Bey-hive has even hypothesized the dress represents, as per the lyric in Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, another woman’s skin, “her teeth as confetti.”

Just like “Becky with the good hair,” would have been meaningless before Lemonade‘s release ten days ago, a year from now, this dress—mutton sleeves and all—will look legendary.

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