STYLE EVOLUTION

Lizzo’s Best Red Carpet Fashion Moments Rewrite the Rules

For years, if you weren’t a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, stick-sized starlet, you’d have trouble getting the VIP relations manager at most fashion houses to even pretend to know who you were. These days, Lizzo has some of the world’s top designers and brands at her beck and call, waiting to dress her for events—so much so that often, she wears two or three custom looks for a single awards ceremony. After spending years on the indie music circuit, Lizzo broke through in a big way with her smash hit “Truth Hurts” in 2019, and has continued to bend the music industry and show business rules in her favor since then. The Detroit-born, Houston-raised musician has a penchant for bright colors, bold ruffles, and attention-grabbing accessories. And though her looks typically send a larger-than-life message, it was the tiny Valentino purse she carried on the red carpet at the 2019 American Music Awards that remains an iconic statement to this day. Here, take a peek back at Lizzo’s style evolution, from working indie musician to singular red carpet star.

2021: Grammy Awards in Balmain
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For her second trip down the Grammys red carpet, Lizzo opted for a pink ruffled gown from Balmain with an emphasis on oversized, statement-making hairclips.

2021: Instagram in Christopher John Rogers

Lizzo also loves to pull looks just for the fun of posting them on social media. For example: she wore this Christopher John Rogers outfit—and what fun it is!

2020: BET Awards in Mônot

A refined take on her preference for party girl ruffles, Lizzo wore this graphic gown to the virtual 2020 BET Awards.

2020: Grammys in Versace
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Looking every inch a classic Versace bombshell, Lizzo collected her Grammy awards in this custom creation from the house.

2020: Grammy Awards in Versace
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Versace is always known for its va-va-voom effects, and Lizzo proved that supermodels aren’t the only ones who deserve a high-glam moment while walking the red carpet.

2020: NAACP Image Awards in Mary Katrantzou
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Wearing a fun print dress from Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, Lizzo picked up an NAACP Image award.

2020: The BRIT Awards in Dundas
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Calling in designer Peter Dundas, Lizzo looked like an ‘80s party girl for the 2019 BRIT awards over in London.

2020: BRIT Awards in Moschino
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Earlier that same night, Lizzo wore a Hershey’s chocolate bar-inspired gown by Moschino’s Jeremy Scott to walk the red carpet. Yes, her clutch is in the shape of a chocolate bar, too.

2019: American Music Awards
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For her performance at the 2019 AMAs, Lizzo packed on the tulle in burgundy.

2019: American Music Awards in Valentino
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Ah, yes, perhaps one of Lizzo’s most iconic red carpet moments. She wore Valentino to walk the red carpet and paired it with the world’s tiniest Valentino purse.

2019: The Tiny Purse
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The purse deserves its own slide.

2019: MTV VMAs in Moschino
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Wearing Moschino, Lizzo made the statement that she’s a red carpet siren quite literally.

2019: Met Gala in Marc Jacobs
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For the Camp-themed Met Gala, Lizzo enlisted Marc Jacobs, who came up with an all-pink outfit that paid homage to the costumes Shirley MacLaine wore in the classic film What A Way To Go!

2019: GLAAD Media Awards in Christopher John Rogers
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Making a neon statement, Lizzo wore this bright, beautiful dress from Christopher John Rogers years before the designer would go on to be name-checked on Gossip Girl.

2018: Drake Afterparty
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In her song “Rumors,” Lizzo sings “No, I ain’t f*ck Drake, yet,” but she did show up to a 2018 Drake after-party in Los Angeles in a leather mini-skirt, blood orange crop top, and a heart-shaped bag.

2018: Christian Cowan Show
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In a shirt clearly paying homage to Madonna’s absolutely iconic Jean Paul Gaultier-designed cone bra bustier, Lizzo attended Christian Cowan’s runway show.

2018: 2 Dope Queens Event
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At this 2 Dope Queens screening for HBO, Lizzo looked nothing short of regal.

2017: 29 Rooms Los Angeles Event
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Dark-hued separates with a few strategically placed pops of leopard print will always be appropriate for a party in Los Angeles.

2017: 29 Rooms New York
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In a dress that seemed to foreshadow the actual Versace gowns she’d come to wear, Lizzo resembled mother nature at this event.

2017: New York Fashion Week
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Matching with cult rapper Brooke Candy, Lizzo went full club kid for this New York Fashion Week moment.

2016: MTV VMAs
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For one of Lizzo’s first major award shows appearances, she showed up to the 2016 VMAs in a glittery mini-dress.

2016: Barbershop: The Next Cut Premiere
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In 2016, Lizzo released her first major-label EP. It would be a few years until those songs became hits, but she started working the publicity circuit afforded to major label artists nonetheless.

2014: Sunfest
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The people forget, but Lizzo spent years as a buzzed-about indie artist raved about on blogs and playing festivals before she broke through to the pop charts. Her early stage outfits were less neon hued-glam, and more rock and roll.