Beyoncé is back. The singer's much-anticipated Renaissance tour kicked off this summer and, as you might expect, the impressive three-hour set features a string of high-octane, custom-made looks.
The tour started in Stockholm before heading through Europe and then across the United States. The impressive disco-themed show embodies everything from female empowerment to Black pride, and to match the high-energy album, Beyoncé performs in a series of glittering catsuits and striking metallic corsets by a string of luxury brands and designers like Alexander McQueen, Loewe, Gucci, Fendi, and David Koma.
"For us, the designers, it is not just an amazing exposure but a wonderful cultural moment to be a part of," Koma told us, adding that Beyoncé herself is "exceptionally involved in all the details". Referring to her as "a true artist and superwoman", Koma has worked with the singer and her team on multiple occasions, so he said collaborating again felt "natural".
"A global tour like this is an incredible, culture-defining event," he said. "Having seen some of the videos from this tour—you just know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime magical performance that every attendee will remember forever. And so many people will get to see it with 57 dates all over the world! And the fans who can’t make it, well the power of social media can help you experience a small part of it from home. Considering the creativity that goes into putting on a show like that, it makes sense to work with designers for special couture and custom looks."
Fellow designer Iris van Herpen also expressed that creating for Beyoncé has been a "huge honour". After crafting a beautiful silver gown (which took 12 people and 700 hours to make), the designer said, "In her epic Renaissance tour, Beyoncé embodies feminine empowerment. She symbolises that confidence radiates from within and that beauty thrives in diversity. Her style is a kaleidoscope of elegance that inspired me and my team in every stitch, every bead and every petal."
Here, we chart Beyoncé's unmissable custom Renaissance tour wardrobe.
Beyoncé went sporty in Telfar to perform in Seattle. She stepped out on stage in a red zip-up bodysuit, with matching arm warmers, chaps, a cap, and sunglasses. Her back-up dancers also co-ordinated with her look, wearing Telfar ensembles with white over-the-knee boots.
Beyoncé added to her statement tour wardrobe in a custom denim look by Diesel, which she wore with Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, to perform in Vancouver.
She added to the drama of her Renaissance world tour in a beautiful purple Vera Wang gown with a matching hood and gloves. She finished off her ensemble with a pair of Saint Laurent pumps.
Beyoncé turned to her own label, Ivy Park, during the Vancouver leg of her tour. The singer wore a patterned bodysuit with a matching oversized hat, floating cape and over-the-knee black boots. She accessorised with Tiffany & Co sunglasses.
Beyoncé matched her shimmering Renaissance horse in a custom PatBO hand-beaded bodysuit with crystal fringe detailing for her performance in Vancouver. Shimmer and sequins have been a constant theme throughout her tour to match her disco-themed album.
Beyoncé wore a beautifully designed Tamara Ralph couture gown for her performance in Los Angeles. The star looked breathtaking in a pale pink off-the-shoulder gown, which featured Ralph's signature rosettes and ostrich feather sleeves. The gown took the house's artisans 450 hours to handcraft; it was originally shown exclusively this summer in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week.
On the same night, the global star relied on Tamara Ralph for another show-stopping outfit. In stark contrast to her previous delicate pink gown, Beyoncé wore a black velvet dress with gold crystal rose detail. She added to the drama of her ensemble with a matching cut-out hat and opera gloves. The look took more than 550 hours to make by Tamara Ralph's artisans.
Beyoncé chose a show-stopping custom look from Mulger by Casey Cadwallader to take her Renaissance world tour to Inglewood in California. The singer wore a chrome cage jacket, over a matching bodysuit with silver boots.
As the Renaissance tour rolled round to Los Angeles, the singer took to the stage in this fuchsia corseted Gucci dress in pleated pink satin, with built-in bodysuit, embroidered with crystal and pearl embellishment.
The singer added this colourful Pucci look to her tour wardrobe, designed by Camille Miceli, featuring the brand's famed 'Giardino' archival print. The outfit was finished with a matching cap and a statement body chain.
The singer looked to Marc Jacobs for one of her San Francisco outfit changes, wearing this black sequin corset dress with a red neck scarf and Swarovski crystal platform boots.
Beyoncé and her dancers wore Marine Serre bodysuits for the performance in Las Vegas. The silver suit featured the brand's recognisable moon print and had a dramatic red overlay.
Beyoncé opened her Miami show wearing this custom bodysuit with feathered accents and a flowing train, created by the Albanian designer Valdrin Sahiti. She paired the piece with retro sunglasses, sheer tights, and Mach & Mach shoes.
Beyoncé went bold for her performance in Atlanta, wearing a neon green hooded couture gown by Gaurav Gupta, featuring a high-leg slit, structured bodice and flowing skirt. The superstar finished her ensemble with Tiffany & Co jewellery.
The performer chose a red embellished leotard with a statement-making fanned bodice, worn with embroidered gloves and a sheer flowing train.
Beyoncé channelled old Hollywood glamour in this custom Ralph Lauren look.
As the tour moved on to Charlotte, North Carolina, Beyoncé took to the stage in this custom-made Carolina Herrera bodysuit with an attached silk taffeta hood.
The performer also debuted this custom embroidered Gucci bodysuit with silver sequin and crystal embellishment and matching over-the-knee boots.
The Gucci look also featured a coat with graduating crystal and silver sequin fringe, and a metallic wide-brim hat.
This piece originally appeared in Harper's Bazaar US