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Beyoncé’s Renaissance Wardrobe: From Literal Bees to One-of-a-Kind Ballgowns

by Josie Sharp

Beyonce’s 2023 ‘Renaissance World Tour’ kicked off in Stockholm on May 10th and the tour fashion has been impeccable. 

When it comes to a Beyoncé tour, we know that the outfits are just as important as the music and choreography.

In fact, the singer, styled by Shiona Turni, has already displayed an impressive array of custom and fresh-off-the-runway looks that perfectly encompass her Renaissance Era. 

Taking to the stage in brands such as Alexander McQueen, David Koma, Courrgéges, Mugler, Coperni and Balmain, this tour is one for the Fashion History books. 

Bey’s custom Koma look came straight from the Spring 2023 runway. A colourful, iridescent outfit paired with thigh-high boots and circular earrings for her Opening Night in Sweden’s capital.

In classic Beyoncé touring-style, many of these outfits are bodysuits, bejewelled with pearls, and loud prints. 

Amongst all of these, the custom robot outfit by Mugler, and the futuristic hologram look from Courréges specifically reflect the genre of her new number 1 album, Renaissance. 

So far we’ve seen a dazzling display of outfits from some of the world’s most famous fashion houses; even including high end odes to her animal counterpart, the bee.

An obvious fan favourite was Beyoncé’s yellow and black Mugler outfits, paying homage to her loyal fan base known as the ‘beehive’ by pairing her bodysuit with vintage 1997 antennae whilst she performed ‘America Has a Problem.’

Although the bee is now synonymous with Queen B, the look, designed by Casey Cadwallader, references the Thierry Mugler Spring 1997 ‘Les Insectes’ Haute Couture collection. 

This is the first time that the singer has toured alone since 2016 with the ‘Formation World Tour’, which was a worldwide success. Since the 8 year hiatus, the singer has truly raised her own bar from outfits to the setlist for what many are already calling ‘the Tour of the Decade.’

The Single Ladies singer will be completing a staggering total of 57 shows, packed full of 40 of her most famous hits from her very impressive 20-year career.

As with many A-listers, the former Destiny’s Child member often changes her outfits throughout her tours. Opening her Brussels show in a gorgeous Valentino silk gown covered in crystal rhinestones and finished with a side slit. Designed especially for her by Pierpaolo Piccioli, the outfit wowed the lucky audience before her next quick-change. 

With an immense total of nine costume changes, we are all buzzing to see what she comes out with next! 

Edited by Emily Duff

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