Beyoncé's Fiercest Fashion Moments From 'Black Is King'
By Desiree Murphy
Beyoncé's Black Is King is officially here, and it's jam-packed with incredible fashion moments from beginning to end.
The superstar worked with her longtime stylist, Zerina Akers, to create a number of looks that perfectly encapsulate the visual album's theme of afrofuturism. From glistening bodysuits to intricate accessories, ET's breaking down Bey's most iconic costumes from her latest masterpiece, which premiered early Friday on Disney+.
Akers exclusively told ET that Beyoncé had 63 costume changes within the 85-minute film. One of our favorite looks, hands down, is the Valentino Haute Couture leopard jumpsuit Beyoncé rocked with heels by Christian Louboutin and studded A-Morir sunglasses. The one-piece was custom-created for the singer by Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli.
The outfit also happens to be the one Akers is most proud of. She told ET that the matching leopard-print car and all the men dressed in suits felt "really powerful." Plus, constructing it was truly a labor of love.
"It took five people on the catsuit, five people on the jacket and 300 hours for each piece," she shared. "So the cat suit took 300 hours and the jacket took 300 hours. But it was worth it, just to have for that one shot!"
Equally amazing (and a fan-favorite look on Twitter) is this black-and-white Loza Maléombho ensemble. Bey styled the chic look with gold earrings and rings to complement the hardware on the blazer.
Upping the glam factor even more, Beyoncé at one point slipped into another body-hugging outfit -- a shimmering bodysuit and skirt by D.Bleu.Dazzled -- with a necklace by Area. Honestly, could she look any more fabulous?
Yes, apparently, because this fierce cheetah-print gown-and-hat combo she donned in a scene with JAY-Z proves just that:
Oh, and how about this cow-print Burberry corset, designed exclusively for Bey by Riccardo Tisci? The addition of Christian Louboutin heels gave the look the perfect finishing touch. "Beyoncé in this cow print fit is the Friday snap we ALL needed," one fan raved on Twitter.
Beyoncé and her stylist also mixed in plenty of vibrant looks throughout Black Is King, like this gorgeous jersey dress and matching leggings by Mugler:
And who could forget this seriously awe-mazing cobalt blue Alejandro gown, accessorized with a wide-brim hat by Marta Jakubowski x Jo Miller?
Another look fans couldn't seem to get enough of on social media was this ethereal, off-the-shoulder dress. The frilly gown is by Mary Katrantzou, and we, too, are obsessed!
Alon Livné responsible for three of Beyoncé's custom looks in Black Is King, including this unforgettable ivory gown and headpiece. The Tel Aviv-based designer told Vogue that the organza he used for the wings had silicone threads woven in, which helped mold the sculptural draping.
Shiama Al Monsoori, meanwhile, created the beautiful 'Magenta Skies' gown Beyoncé donned. "I was so humbled to have been selected for creating something special with Zerina and Beyoncé," Monsoori said. "Beyoncé's artistry as a empowering female really inspires me as a female designer to push my designs to new limits."
A Style PR rep who reps Monsoori told ET that it took 11 artisans to construct the asymmetrically draped Taffeta Mermaid high-slit dress -- and a total of 81 hours!
"We were told she was doing a music video but we had no idea she was creating Black is King," the rep revealed. "This was a pretty big project so they wanted to keep things under wraps for the most part."
And this roundup certainly wouldn't be complete if we didn't give proper credit to the feathered, black bustier that fit Beyoncé like a glove. The piece was custom-created for the singer by Ashi Studio.