Rihanna is consistently one of the most anticipated celebrities on the Met Gala’s red carpet, and that's because she rarely plays it safe. What’s more, she meticulously adheres to the theme of each exhibit, proving that you can be reverential without losing your own personality.

In 2015, “China: Through the Looking Glass” brought an epic Guo Pei fur cape with a train that nearly spanned the length of the Metropolitan Museum staircase. Before that, at 2014’s “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” the singer emerged in an elegant yet edgy white long-sleeved crop top and skirt that only she could wear quite as timelessly as she did. While her look may have been by Stella McCartney as opposed to the famed Charles James, its clean lines and classic sentiment (in its own time) was the evocative.

As such, it comes as no surprise that she did her research before arriving at this year’s Met Gala, honoring Comme des Garçons’ legendary founder and designer Rei Kawakubo. Tonight, Rihanna emerged wearing none other than the opening look from the designer’s fall 2016 runway. Made of contrasting floral designs, the voluminous rosettes took on the asymmetrical and unconventional silhouettes Kawakubo is known for best. With a mini hemline and cutouts at the front and back of the garment, though, it showed off just enough skin to make it RiRi-approved.

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

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While the look was paired with white lace-up flats on the runway, Rihanna chose to stun in red lace-up heels that traveled so far up her leg, they get lost under the garment itself.

While a hand full of other daring celebrities wore CDG on the carpet, like Caroline Kennedy and Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna honored the iconoclastic designer as only she can, and stole the show in the process.

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