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July 31, 2020

All The Looks From Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ Visual Album

Beyonce Valentino Haute Couture Black is King

Social media has gone into meltdown following the release of Beyonce Knowles’ new visual album ‘Black Is King,’ via Disney+ at midnight PST.

The project was written, directed, and executive produced by Beyonce, and features appearances by JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, Blue Ivy, and more.

‘Black Is King’ is based on the music of ‘The Lion King: The Gift’—the companion album Beyoncé made for Disney’s live-action film, of which Beyoncé voiced adult Nala.

In the film, dance sequences, Lion King samples, and footage of Black families around the world are interspersed with sequences in which Beyoncé traverses a beach, reciting details of a generations-spanning spiritual journey

The visual album was filmed across several locations including New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium.

As we’ve come to expect from a Beyonce project, the costumes are just as impressive as the visuals and the vocals.

This first look is Valentino Haute Couture leopard needlelace jumpsuit embroidered with sequins and rhinestones which sets off my jumpsuit, animal print and bedazzling senses all at once.

The jacquard leopard cape we see in the sketch didn’t get a look in here, and I really wish it did.  As it would’ve added a regal air to this already powerful image.

A-Morir, who provided a few of the accessories for this film, created the rhinestone accented shades. Christian Louboutin heels completed her look.

Beyonce Valentino Black is King
Beyonce Timothy White Black is King

This next tulle black gown custom made by Timothy White is perhaps the most iconic look thanks to the homage paid to Egyptian queen Nefertiti via her braided updo/crown.

Beyonce d bleu.dazzled Black Is King

d.bleu.dazzled® by Destiney Bleu is known for her rhinestone accented pieces.  This shimmering bodysuit and skirt from the Californian-based designer, was style with a necklace by Area, and another pair of shade by A-Morir.

beyonce Burberry Black is King

Riccardo Tisci’s choice of prints for Burberry went way beyond the brand’s signature check to cow motifs for Spring 2019.  Looking like a warrior about to go into battle, the mini dress paired with a matching corset was styled with metallic silver Christian Louboutin shoes and a Ram horn headdress.

Are we about to see a cow print resurgence?

Beyonce Wendy Nichol Black is King

We then cut to a more serene setting which sees Beyonce wearing a custom white gown by Wendy Nichol.

This look instantly reminded me of the vintage Alexander McQueen dress Kim Kardashian wore to the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, as it has the same dreamy, ethereal quality.

Beyonce Lace by Tanya Black is King

This Lace by Tanya embellished fringe design had me thinking back to Lizzo’s Atelier Versace dress worn to the 2020 Grammys.

Beyonce Mary Katrantzou Fall 2019 Black is King

This Mary Katrantzou Fall 2019 look is among my favourites for the colours, tumbling ruffles, feather accents and the darker hair colour, which I much prefer over the blonde.  I think she looks much younger and fresher with this hue.

This isn’t the first time the singer has favoured the Greek designer.  As Mary created a look for Beyonce which she wore during the Global Citizen Festival concert.

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2019
Beyonce Area Black Is King

Area created this colourful webbed fantasy for their Fall 2019 collection, which Beyonce brought to life in this film.  The styling kept the look true the vision of the designer and film’s aesthetic prowess.

Area Fall 2019
Beyonce Loza Maléombho Black is King

For one of my favourite performance in this film, the singer wore a Loza Maléombho graphic, black-and-white ensemble was styled with a gold hardware including a grill.

There was more animal print to be had in this cheetah print gown, which could fit right on set of ‘Coming To America,’ as well as the Wearable Art Gala, and any music awards ceremony or premiere.

Beyonce Alejandro blue dress Black is King

Oversized hats are still on trend according to Beyonce. 

This Marta Jakubowski  x Jo Miller hat provided plenty of shade for her breath-taking royal blue Alejandro custom off-the-shoulder design. This feels like a Joan Collins “rich b!tch” moment.

beyonce pink swimsuit black is king

In my mind, this sugary pink embellished ruffled Solace London swimsuit what Diane Ross wears when lounging by the pool.

Solace London Resort 2020
beyonce Simon-Hartman London black is king

There were more black ruffles to be hand in this layered Simon-Hartman London creation which is almost upstaged by the braided crown.

beyonce Simon-Hartman London black is king
beyonce Simon-Hartman London black is king
Simon-Hartman London
beyonce erdem black is king

Sipping high tea with Mama Knowles-Lawson, Beyoncé wore a dramatic Erdem floral-printed tiered gown styled with Anabela Chan earrings and an array of accessories that give the look an edge.

Erdem Fall 2019
beyonce Marine Serre black is king

This Marine Serre Fall 2019 catsuit will be the most recognisable piece here, due to the brown design adorned with the brand’s hallmark crescent moon motifs as a repeated print.

The print proved to be a important factor in the octopus-style dance break.

Simon-Hartman London

This tweed robe and head wrap was designed by Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers, which was styled with Illesteva shades and custom Brother Vellies shoes.

Beyonce in Balmain Black is King

The singer was looking like your favourite rich auntie wearing a gold chain trimmed boucle suit which was custom made by Balmain. The look was styled with Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ embellished pumps.

Is anyone else getting Saint Mary from this picture?

Beyonce Alon Livné Black is king

Israeli fashion designer Alon Livné created three looks for Beyonce.

The first is a beautiful sculptural piece, with the detailing from the ruching the most breath-taking part of this look for me.

The second combines latex and tulle. Who ever thought that would make for a tantalizing duo? This is when Sasha Fierce came out to play.

With yet another beautiful handcrafted crown by Laurel DeWitt, the singer dons another all white creation from the designer. This was just as intricate with the crocheting and puffy sleeves. This was not the look to be wearing during an energetic dance break.

Beyonce 5:31 Jérôme Black is King

If any of you have ever been to an African wedding, this look was feel very familar. Once again beaded, silk bodysuit, corset, jacket with a train hybrid by 5:31 Jérôme, is giving me rich Auntie, about to spray money on the newlyweds.

But without the headwrap, the look takes on a whole new look and feel.

Beyonce 5:31 Jérôme Black is King
beyonce Michaela Stark black is king

Something tells me that Victoria Beckham will be ordering this look from Michaela Stark. Those long jeans seem made for the fashion designer.

Michaela Stark
Beyonce Alessandra Rich black is king

This Alessandra Rich Fall 2019 crystal dress is not for the faint-hearted.

Unlike Ciara (who wore this same dress while presenting during the 2019 American Music Awards), Beyonce opted not to line the dress.

She instead added more sparkle which I loved sans the eyebrow jewels.

Alessandra Rich Fall 2019
Beyonce Adam Paris Black Is King

Beyonce was serving up ‘Coming To America’ realness in this yellow Adam Paris custom creation. The bonnet is giving me so much life here.

beyonce Ashi studio black is king

Ashi Studio created this elaborate hand-made embroidered piece which incorporated exotic bird feathers, placed one by one on the bodice. The custom look took 70 hours to create.

Beyonce Molly Goddard Black is King

This Molly Goddard Fall 2019 tulle hot-pink gown wasn’t giving out much of an African vibe until Beyonce styled the look with a traditional head wrap.

Beyonce Molly Goddard Black is King
Molly Goddard Fall 2019

Adding matching tights to this Mugler Spring 2020 heightens the psychedelic nature of this look.

You may remember that Cardi B wore this same look, sans tights, to a Grammys after party.

Mugler Spring 2020

Bey was looking very regal wearing a custom Mia Vesper gown with a matching headpiece.

This houndstooth dress with a long train by Tongoro Studio was another one of my favourites. This would’ve been a great red carpet look for Beyonce.

Tongoro Studio

Her Tongoro Studio also presented a strong graphic vibe in this chiffon of the shoulder number.

The first look is a custom Burberry graffiti creation.

While the look joins a host of embellished looks from this film. Vrettos Vrettakos custom made this crystal dress and boots, while necklace is by Laurel Dewitt.

The printed duster is by Confetti, while this final look is from Balmain.

Balmain Spring 2020

Credit: Beyonce.com/Trav

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14 Responses to All The Looks From Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ Visual Album

  1. Los_NGLS August 4, 2020 at 5:31 pm #

    yes.

  2. JHH August 3, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    Thanks for adding the additional looks and details. The only things in all these pictures that I am not admiring is the eyebrow jewelry and the grills. That Molly Goddard dress, the head piece and the earrings area great look.

  3. TeaAtTwo August 1, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

    I wish Bey’s red carpet style was as creative and as modern as her video shoot dressing.

  4. Jess August 1, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    Ah man, the Mary K dress brings to mind Beyoncé’s Deja Vu video – one of her best looks ever. The ruffles, dewy skin and free hair look incredible on her. The Area look, Loza M look and swimsuit are also extra special

    • Fee August 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

      Lots of great looks and a few not so great. None terrible.

  5. TeaAtTwo August 1, 2020 at 7:53 am #

    Dear Beyonce’s hairstylist – PLEASE KEEP HER HAIR DARK. IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE BLONDE.

  6. Kath August 1, 2020 at 5:10 am #

    The swim look is my favourite. Stunning!

  7. Maya_S August 1, 2020 at 4:39 am #

    my favorites:

    1. Timothy White – Everything about it is just perfect.
    2. Mary Katrantzou – Best colorful dress ever and that hair and make up! to die for!
    3. Wendy Nichol – It is impossible to look bad in something to flowy and beautiful!

  8. Joanna August 1, 2020 at 4:14 am #

    Catherine – I’ve been an avid reader of your blog since I think 2008 (I still checked daily during your hiatus, and, let me tell you, I audibly gasped when you announced your comeback), but I’ve never commented. I just wanted to say thank you for finding ways to continue to provide us with content during such an extraordinary time. Reading your blog is such a lovely escape for me, even for just a few minutes a day. I hope you’re keeping well!

    • anonymous as always August 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      Welcome to the comment section Joanna! Hope to see you more often from now on ?

  9. Nadine July 31, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    The picture featuring Timothy White also reminds me of something Bazaar or Vogue might’ve done back in the 60s or 70s. Very simple, but dramatic.

  10. JHH July 31, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    I am amazed by all these looks. As an artist, Beyonce has come a long way from her Destiny’s Child days and enjoy seeing that. These looks are all great. My favorite is the black Timothy White gown but with a special shout out the Burberry looks because she looks like a warrior queen with that headdress.

    • Ela August 1, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

      Agree. Love the entire Mary Katrantzou look.

  11. _Hannah_ July 31, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

    What an amazing collection of costumes/garments!
    My favourites are those by Timothy White (she looks so powerful and regal), Mary Katrantzou (she seems to be so unusually (IMO) soft and young and vulnerable) and for the dramatic effect – by Alejandro – this gown is everything and the hat… hats off 😉

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