The buzz has been all about Beyoncé since her recent performances at the Inaugural Address and the NFL 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Now, with the announcement of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (coming to the U.S. 6/28/13), the whole world bows at the feet of the queen, as she is so fabulously portrayed in the tour’s campaign. In retrospect, Beyoncé has captivated her audiences not only with her voice, but also with her mesmerizing costumes. I’d like to pay tribute to the wardrobe that has just as powerful a voice as Queen Bey herself.
Mrs. Carter’s outfits have evolved tremendously since the Destiny’s Child days when her mother, Tina Knowles, designed for the group. Her solo career sparked an assortment of eye-popping bodysuits, freakum dresses, and sequined blazers; each if not more spectacular than the last. In 2006, she performed “Ring the Alarm” at the MTV’s Video Music Awards in a trench coat that concealed a skin-tight, shiny, black bodysuit with a fiery patterned bodice that captured the essence of the the performance.
In 2009, Beyoncé graced the stage of the Saitama Super Arena in a shimmery bodysuit that was similar in color to her own skin tone. The structured piece was covered completely with rhinestones and had hip protrusions that emphasized her curves. The lightness created by the reflective rhinestones and light color contrasted elegantly with the defined hip and shoulder accents.
Beyoncé continued to dazzle her audience at the 2009 MTV VMAs, embellished with beads in a floral-like motif. This time around, heavily accented shoulders competed with a plunging neckline for the general viewers’ attention.
In 2011, she took a more conservative approach, in black pants, a white button down, and a purple sequined blazer for some sparkle. Beyoncé sang “Love On Top” in her doo-wop ensemble, ending the memorable performance with a suggestive belly rub to announce her pregnancy with baby Blue.
At the Glastonbury Festival in England, Bey wore a similar sequined blazer in gold with yet another plunging neckline. Instead of a body suit, the blazer was paired with tiny, black bottoms and beige fishnets. The look was finished off with a bold belt to define the waist.
In one of my favorite Beyoncé shows at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC, Beyoncé rocked the stage in a stunning, gold minidress that swayed with her every movement while inconspicuously hiding a small baby bump.
More recently, the Queen took on the Superbowl in a risqué, black leather jumpsuit and cropped jacket by designer Rubin Singer. The Chantilly lace hugged her post-pregnancy curves and offset the biker chic elements of the costume. The outfit was both sexy and sleek- two qualities that Beyoncé has embodied throughout her career.
We can always count on Beyoncé to deliver a jaw-dropping performance in style. I can’t wait to see what ensembles she’ll be sporting for her upcoming world tour!