Beyoncé finally revealed how her stunning Formation World Tour wardrobe came to be, and how the costumes stay in tact show after show. The singer shared a video to her Facebook page yesterday about creating the fashion on her tour.
The immediate inspiration behind the concert clothing was Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, which carried Antebellum themes (since it was filmed in New Orleans) juxtaposed with Victorian details like lace, ruffles and high collars. Costume designer Marni Senofonte went in a similar direction for dressing Beyoncé on the road, going for what she calls “Victorian streetwear.”
Lemonade proved the perfect foundation for the tour wardrobe, so designers sent in sketches based off those visuals, and Beyoncé and her team picked and chose from the submissions.
“Beyoncé and I went through them and decided what we liked, what we didn’t like, what we could change, and then sent it back to them, they re-sketched and we decided which pieces we wanted made,” Senotofonte said.
Some of those standout sketches included a DSquared2 bustier, Balmain white lace leotard, Alexandre Vauthier red latex and fur look, a Roberto Cavalli ensemble with animal print thigh-high boots and a Atsuko Kudo red Victorian-collar leotard.
Other behind-the-scenes shots show the costume team cutting out armpit holes in the dancers’ costumes to help them move more comfortably and dyeing their tights to better match their skin tones.
“It’s so exciting to see something that has been in your mind that you’ve been working [on] so hard,” Senofonte said. “All of it kind of goes away when you’re just sitting there and you’re living in it for those two hours.”
Get the full behind-the-scenes look at Beyoncé’s Formation wardrobe below.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US