In 2015 Rihanna arrived last at the Met Gala, carrying a 55-pound couture creation by Guo Pei that went on to spark memes, become a viral hit, and go down as one of the most unforgettable red-carpet moments in fashion history. Cut to present day, at the 2017 Met Gala, and she’s back at it again with another stunner. The star took the theme of the night literally—Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: The Art of the In-Between—when she graced the red carpet in a badass flower bomb of a dress from the Comme des Garçons fall 2016 collection that the designer once described as “imagining punks in the eighteenth century, which was a time of so many revolutions.”

Revolutionary, indeed. Meticulously cut from jacquard florals to create three-dimensional petals, the textured masterpiece boasts an asymmetric hemline, cutouts, and incredible craftsmanship. And by wearing it (with a topknot and a thigh-high, lace-up Dsquared2 sandals), Rihanna was basically the exhibit come to life (never mind the question of how she’s going to sit for dinner—it is, after all, from Rei Kawakubo, a designer who values artistic integrity over commercialism, or wearability, or practicality, for that matter).

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Rihanna’s Met dress from the Comme Des Garçons autumn-winter 2016 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week

But perhaps what we love most about it all is how Rihanna highlighted Comme des Gaçons greatness in all of its avant-garde glory, especially after a red-carpet parade of, surprisingly (and disappointingly), very few instances of Comme des Garçons (shout-out to the CDG-wearing stars: Tracee Ellis Ross, Caroline Kennedy, and Helen Lasichanh). Rihanna, we are so, so here for this.

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