History was made Saturday night when Beyoncé became the first Black woman to headline Coachella — and her costumes? Well, they were fit for a queen.
Designed for Beyoncé by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, the singer changed into five custom looks over the course of her two-hour show, and she even changed nails. (Yes, really!) She opened the show wearing a bejeweled, armor-like bodysuit with a cape, accessorized also by a regal headpiece. Then, she went from ancient queen to collegiate, wearing a silk yellow hoodie, denim cut-offs and holographic fringed boots by Christian Louboutin. After that, the look went all latex — with a black bodysuit, garters, and thigh-high boots.
During her performance with Jay-Z, she switched out the bodysuit for a mesh jersey top with a sequined, Beyoncé-themed crest embossed on the top. And then, for the pièce de résistance of the night, she reunited with Destiny’s Child, dancing next to Solange in a sequin camo bodysuit.
In an interview with Vogue, Rousteing told the story of how he ended up dressing Beyoncé. The singer’s stylist Marni Senofonte approached the Balmain designer after his Fall 2018 runway show and told him that she was trying to find someone to create just the right look for Beyoncé’s Coachella performances. Going with a futuristic army Mad Max vibe (aka totally up Balmain’s alley), Rousteing worked to create the perfect look.
“I think the thing I will always remember is sitting on the floor with B and cutting fabric,” he told Vogue. “Blue comes in and runs over to B, and B holds her in her arms while talking to us about the cuts and silhouettes. To me, it was just such a beautiful moment because here you are with this megastar but also, she is a strong woman and a loving momma to her daughter.”
And the cape got mega-approval from Jay-Z. “Jay saw the Egyptian goddess cape and when B put it on, his eyes went wide and he was so excited, he said, ‘Oh, wow!’ That gave me a lot of satisfaction.”