Beyonce’s Black Is King visual album is not just a musical masterpiece, it’s also a fashion extravaganza
…and better still one which has deep-rooted ties to various African cultures.
The Grammy-award winning singer released the piece of art last week to the delight of fans around the world.
Featuring a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, fascinating textures and gorgeous ethnic prints, Bey served us lewk after lewk! And let’s not forget her custom-made jewellery, traditional hair and popping make-up that all culminated in a feat for the eyes!
Take a look at Bey’s many African references from her visual album…
Bey rocks a custom look by Côte d’Ivoire designer Loza Male?ombho complete with Bantu knots.
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Listen!! I could sit here and visualize Beyonce? in one of my pieces, I’ve done that… but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine her KILLING afrobeats dances and embrace African culture all the way through the way she did in one of my pieces!!! Understand the vision is so keen and deep here! 👹@loza_maleombho has always stood for an image of African royalty and she embodies that perfectly! I am so grateful to have contributed to the costumes of this masterpiece! It feels like being a fly on the wall in a room where history is in the making!!!🤯 Beyonce? is wearing a custom piece by @loza_maleombho + KPELE belt + QUEEN ring + BORORO face piece. I can’t thank you enough @zerinaakers for trusting me on this project, you @kwasifordjour and @blitzambassador and the entire creative team absolutely killed it!!! 🙇🏾♀️🙇🏾♀️🙇🏾♀️
These black and white ensembles were created by Senegal designer Tongoro Studio.
Bey shines the light on South Africa, the Xhosa culture in particular, with this cow-hide look designed by Burberry.
These gorgeous gold earrings were created by the label L’Enchanteur founded by Nigeria born twins Dynasty and Soull Ogun.
US designer Jerome Lamaar created this Nigerian-inspired dress and head-dress.
While Timothy White created this royal look inspired by Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
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Black is King out now. @Beyonce Another one for the books. (wearing Timothy White Custom) I just wanted to take a minute and shout out the people that rode with me through this. My Brother – Creative Genius @kwasifordjour My Brother – Market Director @rrrffb My Team: @beonciadunn @suzetteselman @thankschris @petty__cash @j___dp @auntie_liv_ @thejustinramirez @ryandodson @hottiecollective Tonya Huynh Jaiin Kang Janelle Glindo Ashley Smith Zoe Zhou Anaijah Johnson @maeamaria John Mcqaude Rasheeda Alade Azeezat Amusat (Drop me your handles) 📷: @a_kid_named_trav
Here are other memorable fashion moments from the album…
French designer Marine Serre created these custom-made body-suits for Bey and her crew.
The star made a statement with this Burberry graffiti jumpsuit.
Beyonce looks like a lush leopard in this Valentino body-suit and bling eye-wear.
…and looked like all the shades of an African sunset in this Mugler creation.
This rich ox-blood coat, leotard and stockings worn by Bey were made by Alon Livné.
…and the star packed a punch in pink in this Solace London swimsuit.
Here she looked fabulous in feathers in this look by Ashi Studio.
…and a ray of sunshine in this Adema Paris look.
Beyonce wore this Laurel Dewitt neck and hip pieces covered in green and black body-paint.
…and shined in blue in this regal Alejandro dress.
This gorgeous crystal dress was hand-made by Area.
…whilst this ethereal gown was created by Wendy Nichol.