5 Things We Learned About Beyonce’s Tour Wardrobe From Tina Knowles’ ‘Grazia Daily’ Interview

Beyonce getting ready to hit the stage for her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Photo: Courtesy of Beyonce’s Tumblr

Beyonce and her mom, Tina Knowles, have a relationship (specifically in regards to style) that I have never and likely will never enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, my mom and I are like besties. Practically Gilmore Girls status. But when I was much, much younger, my mom would try to push clothes on me at the mall, and every time I would, regrettably, shut her down. “Wanna try these flares?” I’m actually more into tapered denim, but thanks. “What about this Calvin Klein blouse?” Nah, mom. You know I love ill-fitting ribbed t-shirts with embroidered appliques. (ADAKDFJLAGK WHY??) Bey and Miss Tina, on the other hand, are the fortunate players in a symbiotic mother-daughter style relationship. To the point where Mrs. Carter will let (honestly, she probably REQUESTS) Mama Knowles consult heavily on her custom designer tour wardrobe. UK publication Grazia Daily recently got a chance to chat with Tina about her daughter’s world tour togs, and the ensuing interview was every bit as informative as we’d hope. Check out the 5 things we learned from their chat below!

1.) Beyonce and her EXTENSIVE styling team was inspired by monarch fashions: “Regal and royal was the theme of the wardrobe. We took a cue from the O2’s commercial which had a queen theme. […] For the very first scene, Ralph & Russo created these amazing stage outfits because we wanted something over the top and queen-like but modern. They nailed it with the white outfit.”

2.) Bey’s stylists explicitly hunt for new design talent: “It’s been great to work with some amazing designers. Beyonce’s worked with almost every brand and we try to discover new designers, too. Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith are Beyonce’s stylists and they’re always in search for new designers to bring in. […] [David Koma’s] designs are really innovative and we wanted something different so we used his skirts.”

3.) The new Kenzo outfit for “Grown Woman” might be Miss Tina’s favorite: “I love the Kenzo outfit. It’s African inspired and I like the movement of it, it’s really cool with the choreography.”

4.) Alterations are made to Beyonce’s designer duds to optimize for quick changes: “Beyonce makes nine costume changes so you’re going to have little things that go wrong. You just have to think really quickly because you literally have 30 or 40 seconds to change so she’s become a master at it. […] The designer pieces are beautiful but the team here put in zippers and hidden openings. There are little secrets we can do and there’s lots of double-sided tape!”

5.) The Mrs. Carter Show wardrobe might STILL be subject to change (!!! Girl, you’re keeping us on our TOES!): “We practice the quick changes as much as possible but often the outfits aren’t totally settled until the day of the concert. And it’s an ongoing process. Beyonce studies her performances on film and makes changes for two to three weeks during the tour so things can change at any time.”

{via Grazia Daily UK}

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