Cardi B’s birthday is today and in celebration we had to show off her top archival looks. The chart-topping rapper from the Bronx has come a long way with her success story. Due to the talent of her longtime stylist Kollin Carter she has become largely known for her eye-catching looks. Both Kollin and Cardi have consistently pushed boundaries and embraced archival fashion looks that have set trends and made headlines due to the bold and experimental risks they’ve taken together, making her a style icon. Some of her most memorable archival fashion looks include pieces from legendary brands like Mugler, Rabanne formerly known as Paco Rabanne, and Chanel, all expertly executed by Carter.
One of Cardi B’s unforgettable moments in Mugler was at the 2019 Grammy Awards when she graced the red carpet in a vintage baby pink and black peacock couture gown by the brand. This breathtaking ensemble featured a structured black velvet bodice and an extravagant shell-like skirt with a thigh-high slit. The look was a tribute to Thierry Mugler’sfuturistic designs from the ’90s. It perfectly captured Cardi’s fearless and extravagant fashion persona. She wore another Mugler piece in a similar silhouette with black lacing and lots of feathers for her performance on stage later that same night.
In another memorable appearance, Cardi B channeled the spirit of Paco Rabanne at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. She donned a glimmering two-piece ensemble crafted from gold metal discs, reminiscent of Rabanne’s iconic chainmail designs from the ‘60s. The outfit exuded luxury and showcased Cardi’s affinity for high fashion. Kollin Carter, Cardi B’s stylist, has played a pivotal role in curating these iconic archival fashion moments. Carter’s keen eye for a true fashion moment has helped the artist become a household name in the fashion industry as she redefines red carpet looks. She stands on the backs of titans like Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown and countless others who’ve paved the way for her within the female rap canon–and she is still reinventing the wheel with each special appearance.
Keep scrolling to see the best of her archival fashion moments styled by her right hand man Kollin Carter below.