Beyonce in black Givenchy at the 2014 Met Gala: fabulous or unflattering?


Here are photos of Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2014 Met Gala. Beyonce wore Givenchy for the second year in a row – remember last year’s utter disaster? I’m sorry, but Riccardo Tisci’s work for Givenchy is just not good. That being said, this Givenchy look is much better than last year’s, although that’s not saying much. I do like that Beyonce and Jay-Z stuck with the theme, which was supposed to be black-and-white and old-school glam. Jay looks really nice in his white jacket.

I was trying to figure out a few things as I looked through these photos. One: just how naked is Beyonce? The skirt of the dress isn’t lined, but are we actually seeing shadowy butt cheek and/or Beygina? I don’t think so. I think there’s some kind of lining or something in the crotch and butt area. Two: is that netted headpiece not really a headpiece? Is it actually just a netted piece that someone just stuck on her head for giggles? I ask because it doesn’t seem to be attached to anything?

As for the Givenchy look overall… it’s incredibly unflattering. Beyonce’s body has never looked better these days, and she’s at her thinnest in years. So why is she wearing something that makes her look 15 pounds heavier than she actually is? Also: the jewelry is too heavy for Bey.





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  1. capepopsie says:

    I just don´t get this “naked” look! No matter who, I Think it makes the person look cheap.
    If you want to show up your naked body, why bother dress? And I don´t think it´s sexy at all!
    I can´t see any dignity in this “look” and it annoyes me like anything. So, now I feel better! 😉

    • someone says:

      Agreed! I do not like the naked look either. When are these ladies going to learn that less is NOT more.

      • als says:

        If anyone can convince Beyonce that less is more, that person deserves an award, a big award.

      • mercy says:

        @als, L O L! I can’t stand her off-stage style most of the time. Always some gaudy shiny lacey number clinging to her fabulous curves. This is outfit is actually quite staid for her. The upper half of her top is ok, though I don’t like the sleeves. The skirt is pretty, if too sheer. But the top and skirt together look all wrong.

      • Delorb says:


        Well, she did spend a lot of time wearing her mothers awful clothes, so….and this is coming from a Beyonce fan.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree too. There’s nothing classy about looking like you forgot your pants and/or underwear.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Agreed! You can do a bit of sheer up top or down bottom, but all over and you just start to look like a crazy 50’s housewife who forgot to change out of her fancy lingerie into daytime (or in this case even nighttime) clothes. The net on top of the head adds nothing to the ensemble.

    • Val says:

      Seriously! Can’t Beyoncé have ONE look where she isn’t half naked these days?! All her dresses are see-through, always in underwear showing legs, boobs, I mean…. come on, do something DIFFERENT. At least Rihanna surprises us with her red carpet looks, you never know what to expect… but Bey is all samey.

    • tracking says:

      I agree. I love the concept and the silhouette, but a little lining would have gone a long way!

  2. polyphonic pickles says:

    Hate the top peplum thing especially in combo with the skirt- just not a good silhouette. I think the fabric and skirt have potential.

    • TG says:

      Agreed. The peplum top looks bad but the material and other parts of the dress have potential. I need to see this dress in motion before I write it off completely. I haven’t seen Kim Kartrashian’s dress yet so a part of me is wondering if Kanye’s boyfriend is trying to make Bey look bad and Kim look better to soothe Kanye’s ego.

  3. mytbean says:

    Maybe this is totally PMS talking but – UGH! What is going on with people? Every fashion choice at the Met seems to be fug this year! Are all of the designers now attending regular crack parties together before they dress the celebs?

    • Maggie says:

      Neither of them got the theme right.

      It was white tie for the men which means, a black tailcoat, a waistcoat, a wing-collared shirt and white bow tie. The theme for the women was meant to be very formal ball gowns in a range of garden /spring /jewel colours and gloves if suitable.

      I am sick of seeing sheer skirts that show their legs through the material. I think most of the time it is ugly and not at all flattering. There were a number of dresses like this at the Gala.

    • justme says:

      Thank you for delineating exactly what “white tie” for men means. It is a very flattering look, far more than a tuxedo or a dinner jacket. It is elegant and rarely seen. It is Fred Astaire and Tyrone Power — it is really cool,

      “Steppin’ out with my baby
      Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right
      It’s for sure, not for maybe
      That I’m all dressed up tonight

      Steppin’ out with my honey
      Can’t be bad to feel so good
      Never felt quite so sunny
      And I keep on knockin’ wood

      There’ll be smooth sailin’ ’cause I’m trimmin’ my sails
      In my top hat and my white tie and my tails”

  4. Lindy79 says:

    In what way are either of them in line with the theme??
    The amount of high profile people at it who ignored it, it’s actually worse than last years.

    • Maggie says:


      I agree, so few, men or women, got the theme right. Black was certainly not right and only a few men got the white tie theme correct.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Its annoyed me so much, even more than last years as it was a bit trickier. This was a no brainer in terms of theme.

        The few dresses that did get it right, I genuinely liked, for the event. Not saying they’re everyday wear but isn’t that supposed to be the point of the MET Gala?

        The men who got white tie right also looked fantastic, and that they weren’t afraid of it.

        *sits and waits for Cumberbatch pics to explode on CB*

      • Bridget says:

        @Maggie: you’re actually not getting the theme right either. The theme is an interpretation on ball gowns (of many colors) with the gentlemen in white tie. Not black and white theme.

      • Bridget says:

        @maggie: well crappy, I read your earlier comments and I was wrong, you totally know what you were talking about. Mea culpa!

    • Liberty says:

      Thank you, Lindy. This is not white tie.

      TIME put out a “what it is” a day ago for those in doubt:

  5. Kiddo says:

    This looks like something Liza Minnelli might wear. Even though it’s peak-a-boo all over the dress, it still somehow says mature woman, to me. The cut in the top pic. reminds me of the go-to look for Tom Hank’s wife, Rita. I think this is way too ‘old’ for someone like Beyonce. It doesn’t suit her personality.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing! I think Liza would rock the jacket with some palazzo pants!

  6. Jade says:

    Geez she just doesn’t ever look classy does she? She makes everything look cheap-ish

    • evasmom says:

      I agree. Actually her makeup reminds me of Kim Kardashian’s at last year’s MET.

      • Pandy says:

        Bingo – yes! That super dark lip isn’t working. Neither is the peplum and for that matter, neither is the bead curtain dress.

    • nora says:

      sorry to say but it’s really badly dressed; it should take a little example kardashian mrs becoming increasingly chic

  7. Damaris says:

    All of Beyoncé’s Givenchy gowns at the Met have never really suited her.

  8. Hautie says:

    I wonder when Beyonce realized, that Kayne’s finance had a better dress on? And that pains me to say that too.

    • Lulu says:

      Yeah, at least she kind of covered the girls; her pubic hair was such a classy touch though.

  9. Original Tessa says:

    It looks like something Cher might wear to a funeral. Just awful, and I’m so sick of Jay-Z and Beyoncé in general. Go away, you two!

    • Hautie says:

      “It looks like something Cher might wear to a funeral…..”

      That is it! I kept staring at that tragic black outfit… thinking it reminded me of something. And that is it! Cher @ 1984. Geez… I wonder if Cher knows that Beyonce has stolen one of her old dresses from the attic.

    • Mouse says:

      Now I want to see Cher rocking this dress. Cher would kill it.

    • Beatrice says:

      Great description of this fail!

  10. amanda says:

    These two look like good friends, not husband and wife. As for the dress, just no.

  11. blue marie says:

    I don’t like the thing covering her face, but everything else is fine.

  12. lenje says:

    Despite the ugly dress (and meaningless face net), I think the hair and make up are perfect. Bey looks very beautiful here – in fact, one of the most beautiful at the event IMO.

    I hope the Beckhams will be featured here too. I love Posh’s dress and they look gorgeous.

  13. Jackson says:

    Ugh. No, just no. I thought she was in the bottom five last night.

  14. NewWester says:

    Beyoncé and JayZ do look like they are having fun. That is nice to see

  15. Janet says:

    She looks good from the neck up.

  16. QQ says:

    I for one love it! One of the best couples, I’m already used to the Prude Patrol AND the Grown Woman wearing skimpy so i put this in total MET Costume Gala win and my-mom-isnt- making-me-wear-her- tacky- shit win

    • MonicaQ says:

      I was waiting for someone else to say they didn’t hate this, thank god.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’m not in love with it, but she always looks beautiful, and this was no exception.

    • HappyMom says:

      I’m with you. I think she looks gorgeous and he looks really handsome.

  17. Dani2 says:

    It sits somewhere in between not-bad and fug, she’s Beyonce so she looks gorgeous obviously and she’s got a great body but the look itself isn’t all that imo.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree. I think she’s so beautiful and this isn’t really showing her off that well.

  18. LadyRay says:

    Dress looks ok when light hits it but honestly this is fug. B has no sense of style whatsoever.

  19. MourningTheDeathOfMusic says:

    Jewelry, hair, dress, all the way down to the poor choice of two different reds between lips and nails… In my opinion, the entire ensemble is a fail.

  20. Kath says:

    For all the people who say how much they hate Taylor Swift’s prudish 50s secretary look, I give you…. this. Now which would you prefer?

  21. Samantha25 says:

    I like the overall look of what Beyonce is wearing but hate the length of the dress. Or could it be shorts.

  22. swack says:

    I thought for the women the dress was suppose to be 40’s – 50’s Hollywood glamour. I saw very few dresses in that style. This dress does nothing for Beyonce.

  23. paola says:

    Why can’t she wear something that isn’t seethrough??

  24. Sighs says:

    I don’t care how much skin she’s showing, that dress is Fug.

  25. cro-girl says:

    Get some clothes on. Good grief. These will be terribly dated in a decade or two.

  26. poppy says:

    would have been so much better if the skirt had not been sheer. there is no need for a sheer skirt with a slit so long.
    hopefully the beygency won’t get me.

  27. db says:

    Ugh. No. Maybe you had to see it in person

  28. CooCooCatchoo says:

    Hov looks fantastic. Thumbs up, Jay.
    Beyoncé… well, I figured this was another House of Derion nightmare. She and Jay coulda been the best dressed couple last night if she hadn’t tried so hard. Duchess satin woulda looked amazing on her. She’s one lady that could have rocked a Charles James-inspired mermaid gown. A vintage Tattinger champagne ad come to life. Instead she chose this unflattering netted nightmare. Fail.

  29. Grant says:

    Love this look, although I could go without the peplum effect.

  30. I Choose Me says:

    I actually don’t hate it except for that net crap on her head. Jay-Z wears his suit well also.

  31. Tig says:

    I actually gasped in shock when I saw this- and not in a good way! She’s gorgeous- why do this to yourself? The top w/ a more solid bottom yes- but all the sheer is not good.

  32. idk says:

    I don’t mind her dress, not the best, but not the worst. Man, her skin always looks amazing.

  33. Helvetica says:

    Jay looks very dapper.

    I like Bey’s veil but the dress is off–too big around the middle. It’s nice but not on her figure.

  34. ernie says:

    Maybe she wanted to breathe for a change. Looks like the most comfortable thing she’s ever worn.

  35. truthful says:

    Sorry, but I loved this look, very sexy and when the light hit the beading it was awesome to me.

    kinda simple and naughty but not dreadfully poufy. I loved the headpiece the light hitting the beading on it, nice. The close up pics were fabulous, and I am not even part of the Beyhive–at all. LOL!

    I was glad she did not come in some big production type dress

    SJP and the tall athlete Kourina (?) slayed!!!!!!!!!
    Silverman surprised me, her dress was gorgeous too

  36. Avilita says:

    Is this how she is “empowered? Standing half-naked next to her fully-clothed husband?

  37. kay says:

    i don’t understand why she consistently walks around basically naked but surrounded by heaps of see through drapes.
    sh*t or get off the pot, bey.

  38. Jayna says:

    I think she looks amazing.

  39. Sam H x says:

    Is it me or has fatherhood soften up Jay-Z?! He smiles alot more. He has come out of his shell. I like her make up, not too crazy about her dress though. Although Jay-Z looks smart in his suit.

  40. Beatrice says:

    I am SO over Beyonce. It’s become unbearable to listen to and read about people worshipping her as they do. Yes she can entertain. But the woman has a god complex that is just so off-putting. Her ‘Pretty Hurts’ and one of her songs that says something about working 9-5 and her supposed empathy with that – what a joke. She’s just so tiresome to me. I’d rather Rihanna or Adele or someone talented who doesn’t manipulate every part of her public persona. And this dress would have looked great on someone like Zoe Saldana, but not on Beyonce’s body type. And the face netting was cool on Jennifer Lawrence, last year.

  41. KateBush says:

    Her makeup is too severe for her. She doesn’t look as pretty as she usually does.i don’t like the dress I’m over the see through look too..

  42. DrFunkenstein says:

    Man, these two at the Met Gala is like Beavis & Butthead at the Nobel Ceremony.

  43. silly you says:

    she makes that dress look tackier than it is.

  44. Jarredsgirl says:

    She looks “funeral chic”.

  45. Bridget says:

    I find it funny that 3 different times today I’ve tried to post to say that Kaiser keeps getting the theme wrong: it was ball gowns and white tie, not black and white (seriously, look it up) and yet my comments keep disappearing.

  46. Elizabeth says:

    Hate it. Does NOTHING for her.