Poetry is what Beyoncé presented with her visual album, Black Is King, a magnum opus that highlights the African diaspora—its culture, traditions, and styles. From the sweeping cinematography at picturesque locations across the globe (including South Africa, West Africa, Belgium, London, New York, and Los Angeles) to the cast that includes an array of celebrities to the incredible number of costume changes, Queen Bey made a profound statement. It was Afrofuturism at its finest—a sentiment that was enforced by the fashion in the film.
Working with stylist Zerina Akers, Beyoncé showcased a miles-long parade of ensembles that was a feast for the senses. There were ball gowns reminiscent of debutante cotillions, styles that mirrored ancient cave paintings, large-than-life garbs that payed reverence to disparate African tribes, and glistening bodysuits and fringe pieces that saluted the trends of today. Indeed, Akers corralled designers both big and small to help bring Beyoncé’s incredible vision to life. From Riccardo Tisci at Burberry and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain to Alon Livné and Loza Maléombho, we’re tracking the outfits by these sartorial maestros that were on display in Beyoncé’s visual symphony.
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1 Wendy Nichol
Beyoncé wears a custom white gown by Wendy Nichol.
2 Marine Serre
Beyoncé wears a mocha-colored bodysuit with a crescent moon print by Marine Serre.
Beyoncé wears a pleated yellow ensemble by Balmain.
Beyoncé wears a glittering leopard-print catsuit by Valentino, heels by Christian Louboutin, and studded sunglasses by A-Morir.
Beyoncé wears a cow-print mini ensemble by Burberry and shoes by Christian Louboutin.
Beyoncé wears a custom top, pant, and jacket by Burberry.
7 Timothy White
Beyoncé wears a custom black tiered chiffon outfit by Timothy White.
8 Vrettos Vrettakos
Beyoncé wears a custom crystal dress and boots by Vrettos Vrettakos and a necklace by Laurel Dewitt.
Beyoncé wears a shimmering, form-hugging bodysuit and skirt by D.Bleu.Dazzled and a necklace by Area.
Beyoncé wears a black glistening bodysuit and skirt by D.Bleu.Dazzled; headpiece, hoop earrings, and diamond choker by Area.
Beyoncé wears a fringe crystal dress by Area.
12 Mary Katrantzou
Beyoncé wears an off-the-shoulder, frilly dress by Mary Katrantzou.
Beyoncé wears a floral-printed tiered gown by Erdem and earrings by Anabela Chan.
14 Molly Goddard
Beyoncé wears a pink chiffon gown by Molly Goddard.
Beyoncé wears a jersey dress and leggings by Mugler.
16 Alessandra Rich
Beyoncé wears a crystal net dress by Alessandra Rich and custom crystal turban by Laurel DeWitt.
17 Alon Livné
Beyoncé wears a cream dress with billowy sleeves and crochet skirt by Alon Livné, and a custom headpiece by Laurel DeWitt.
18 Déviant La Vie
Beyoncé wears a white crochet ensemble by Déviant La Vie.
Beyoncé wears a blue gown by Alejandro and wide-brim hat by Marta Jakubowski x Jo Miller.
20 Loza Maléombho
Beyoncé wears a graphic, black-and-white ensemble with gold hardware by Loza Maléombho.
21 Michaela Stark
Beyoncé wears a fitted blue denim top and larger-than-life jeans by Michaela Stark.
22 5:31 Jérôme
Beyoncé wears a beaded, silk trench-and-jumper hybrid by 5:31 Jérôme.
Beyoncé wears a floral bodysuit by Levenity.
Beyoncé wears a printed duster by Confetti.
25 Ashi Studio
Beyoncé wears a custom black bustier with feathers by Ashi Studio.
26 Lace by Tanaya
Beyoncé wears a crystal fringe ensemble by Lace by Tanaya.
27 Alexander McQueen
Model Naomi Campbell wears a white ruffled gown by Alexander McQueen.
28 Emilia Wickstead
Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland wears a pink gingham top and matching trousers by Emilia Wickstead.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o wears a white lace dress by Rodarte.
Beyoncé wears a red tinsel dress.
Beyoncé wears a silver fringe dress.
Beyoncé wears a white cheetah-print gown.
Beyoncé wears a rust-orange dress with a hood.
Beyoncé wears a satin bustier while surrounded by a cast in voluminous ball gowns.
Beyoncé wears a gold chain mail dress and headpiece.
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