In between marveling at Beyonce’s ever-expanding Mrs. Carter wardrobe, we’ve always wondered what her process of collaboration is like with designers, how she ultimately chooses the pieces she wears, and exactly how many hours go into each of them. Thanks to a new video Bey rolled out on her YouTube page last week, now we know!
The behind-the-scenes clip is a fascinating look at all of the glorious clothes in the Mrs. Carter Tour and the stories behind them. As it turns out, Beyonce’s camp reaches out to different designers for sketches, selects favorites from those, and then fleshes out the fabrics and details. For the “Flawless” look that Bey unveiled last month, her team asked Givenchy to create a more “upscale and stage friendly” version of the look, explains fashion stylist Ty Hunter, which resulted in the bedazzled plaid shirt and sequined shorts with a plaid, suspender-y strap.
If you were wondering how many Versace pieces Beyonce packed for the tour, the answer is five. We finally get to see a closeup of that epic Bow Down jacket made from Swarovski crystals and leather and metal panels. We also get a zoomed-in look at couture-level details of the strapless, jewel-piped white leather dress that Beyonce recently debuted, which we learned took a whopping 300 hours (aka 12-and-a-half days) to make. We can’t even fully process that right now, because we’re a little side-tracked by the Medusa head, chain-mail dress hanging on one of the racks—is that possibly a new addition to Beyonce’s stage looks?
While we’re left with that new question, at least an old one was answered in the video: How does Beyonce change so quickly in between songs? We had just assumed it was another one of her superpowers but actually it’s just Beyonce layering up! Ty revealed that underneath the black Michael Costello dress Bey wears for “Drunk in Love” and “1+1” she has has on her newly updated Vrettos Vrettakos jumpsuit, which she specially requested to be redesigned with polka dots. To get the perfect matching shoes, Beyonce’s camp handed over a fabric sample to Stuart Weitzman.
Other favorite looks that make cameos in the video include Pucci’s tribal-print bodysuit and leopard shag dresses, The Blonds’ nipple bodysuit, and David Koma’s gold-piped bodysuit with a patent-leather veiled skirt—a look that’s reflected in the stage visuals when Beyonce wears it.
The video answers one other burning question that’s been on our minds for a long time: When you’re as stylish as Beyonce, where do you find outfit inspiration? In yourself, duh! “People look to her for trends so [we] want to play around and not do what everyone else is doing,” Ty explains. “That’s what keeps us on our toes—to try to outdo ourselves.”
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