Beyoncé is back. The singer’s much-anticipated Renaissance tour kicked off last month and, as you might expect, the impressive three-hour set features a string of high-octane, custom-made looks.
The tour started in Stockholm – with a mighty 57 stadium dates around the world to follow – before heading on to Brussels, London, Barcelona, Marseille and Amsterdam. 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 with 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 how creating for Beyoncé and her epic world tour has been a “huge honour”. After crafting a beautiful silver gown (that 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.”
She also honoured Juneteenth for her most recent performance, wearing exclusively Black designers, including London label Feben, Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo, Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Ibrahim Kamara for Off-White and LaQuan Smith. Beyoncé also wore a look from her own label Ivy Park – the singer founded the brand in 2016 – explaining she was “proud to be among the very talented Black designers featured” in the show. “I started designing this collection over a year ago,” she wrote on Instagram. “I was so engulfed in all things Renaissance and was inspired by Studio 54, Bob Mackie and the disco era.