Every One of Beyoncé's Black Is King Outfits Was Fit For a Royal Goddess
Beyoncé released her Black Is King visual album on July 31 via Disney+, along with a handful of stills from the empowering 90-minute film and a video introducing the year-long project to her fans, all posted on Beyonce.com. "The narrative unfolds through music videos, fashion, dance, beautiful natural settings, and raw new talent — but it all started in my backyard," Beyoncé said of the story she tells here, which is a reimagination of The Lion King. "My hope for this film is that it shifts the global perception of the word 'Black,' which has always meant inspiration and love and strength and beauty to me. But 'Black Is King' means Black is regal and rich in history, in purpose, and in language."
In order to convey that message through fashion, which Beyoncé mentions as an important aspect of the film, she tapped her longtime wardrobe curator Zerina Akers, who is celebrating the release of the movie and has already shared credits for one of the star's most powerful looks included — a custom Timothy White dress made of layered tulle that seems to fully wrap itself around Beyoncé and simultaneously lift her into the spotlight. If that's any indication as to how the rest of the outfits played out — from a floor-sweeping, hot pink Molly Goddard gown that was featured in the Met Exhibit for "CAMP: Notes on Fashion" to the Valentino Haute Couture jacquard leopard jumpsuit you see above — every look is fit for a royal goddess. Read ahead to get a sneak peek at Beyoncé and her talented team wearing the costumes that are sure to go down in history.
Beyoncé wears Molly Goddard's Fall 2019 Daria dress that includes a 100 meter tulle hem and layered skirt. Interestingly, the dress was included in the Costume Institute's Spring 2019 exhibition "CAMP: Notes On Fashion" at The Met and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Beyoncé and her team wear Marine Serre crescent print catsuits.
Beyoncé wears a shimmering tinsel minidress with rhinestone tights, chandelier earrings, and heels.
Beyoncé wears a Destiney Bleu catsuit, skirt, and gloves, Area arm ties, necklace, and crystal headpiece, A-Morir sunglasses, and Alessandra Rich earrings.
Beyoncé wears a custom Kujta & Meri look with Fall 2019 Puppets and Puppets x Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. She completed this look with Alexandre Birman Clarita sandals.
Beyoncé wears a multicolored Thierry Mugler dress from the label's Spring 2020 collection.
Beyoncé wears a hooded leather look.
Beyoncé wears custom Balmain by Olivier Rousteing.
Beyoncé wears a Fall 2019 multi-colored Mary Katrantzou dress.
Beyoncé wears a Valentino Haute Couture jacquard needle lace jumpsuit with paillettes and strass embroidery made by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Beyoncé wears a spring 2020 Wendy Nichol dress on the beach.
Beyoncé and her team (including Blue Ivy!) wear Schiaparelli.
Beyoncé wears a custom look by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry consisting of a cow-print corset top and matching skirt. Riccardo also created a cow-print trench coat and faux leather boots that you'll see her wear during the film. This look was accessorized with Ariana Boussard-Reifel Antilles earrings.
Beyoncé wears a Destiney Bleu catsuit, Area arm ties, necklace, and crystal headpiece, A-Morir sunglasses, and Laurel DeWitt stacked choker and cuffs.
Beyoncé wears custom Alon Livné, who created three separate looks from scratch for the film. The look is completed with a Laurel DeWitt headpiece.
Beyoncé wears a red fringed dress.