Beyonce’s Met Ball Style Evolution

The Queen has come a long way since her first Met Gala in 2008.

Adriana Lozano

Adriana Lozano

Feature Writer at RYSE
Adriana Lozano is a creative type with a passion for writing, fashion, traveling and art (not necessarily in that order). She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English in hopes to become a published writer and author.
Adriana Lozano

Who run the Met? BEY! Ever since Beyonce made her first appearance at fashion’s most prestigious ball in 2008, she has become one of the most highly anticipated red carpet stunners of all. Each year, the internet floods with speculation as every media outlet and eager fan tries to guess what kind of couture masterpiece the diva will bless us with. Below is a retrospect of the icon’s costumes throughout the years:


2008: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

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Dressed in a barbie-esque pale pink Armani Prive mermaid silhouette, Bey looked fresh and feminine at her very first Met Ball. Honestly, the dress didn’t impress much, but I don’t blame her for playing it safe her first time around. She definitely didn’t hesitate the following year…


2011: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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Sasha, you are FIERCE! This Met Ball’s theme was dedicated to the late great designer Alexander McQueen, who unfortunately suicided a few months prior to the ball. Bey was dressed by Emilio Pucci in this stunning sequin and embroidered noir ensemble. She took it up 20 notches from her previous plane Jane dress, while sticking with the same mermaid silhouette that definitely does wonders for her figure! Her hubby Jay-Z complimented her without stealing her shine. Very classy, Hov! At the time, Bey was reportedly already pregnant with her baby Blue Ivy, sigh!


2012: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

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“I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress…” STYLING! You know what they say, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it, and Bey knows a mermaid silhouette works best! The Givenchy Haute Couture gown gave a nude illusion while the ombre dipped feathers added some much needed edginess.


2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture

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Beyonce looked smoking hot in this waist cinching ensemble with a fire-esque print dripped around the ends and matching knee-high boots. Bey was also the honorary event day chair that year alongside chair Anna Wintour, which is considered a huge honor in the fashion world.


2014: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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I’m drunk in love with Bey’s vintage 1920’s inspired Givenchy gown. The peplum cut was such a huge trend for that year, as well as the sexy vampire dark lip. This particular Met night was notorious for Jay-Z and Solange Knowles’ elevator fight over cheating speculations. *insert frog sipping lemonade meme*


2015: China: Through the Looking Glass

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Despite the drama from the previous year, Beyonce and Jay-Z shocked the world when they showed up to the Gala, although they were extremely late which was blamed on a last minute wardrobe change. Nonetheless, Bey arrived dripping in jewels and leaving very little to the imagination, in true Bey form.


2016: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

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After Bey released her visual album, Lemonade, a week prior, everyone was shocked to see the queen show up in a Givenchy gown that many are referring to as “Becky’s skin.” The dress was made out of a skin tone tulle decked out in pearls with a net value of over $8,000 each. The skin-colored illusion reportedly took over 2,000 hours to make and all crystals were sewn on individually by hand. I wouldn’t expect anything less for the queen!


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