Thanks to Beyonce, Tyler Mitchell made history as the first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that Mitchell is just 23. And Beyonce—who had full creative control over her cover shoot—didn’t stop there when it came to bringing Millennials up to the big league. In addition to the A-list cast that dressed Bey—we’re talking Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Gucci, McQueen—she brought in 27-year-old Grace Wales Bonner.
The recipient of the 2016 LVMH Young Designer Prize, Wales Bonner’s aesthetic “explores a distinctive notion of luxury via a hybrid of European and African approaches,” making her style perfectly in balance with Beyonce’s interview, which touched on deep themes of ancestry, legacy, and health.
@beyonce wears a custom Wales Bonner satin nehru suit embroidered with cowrie shells and @swarovski crystals in the September issue of @voguemagazine Photograph by our friend @tylersphotos Styling @tonnegood In her own words, “It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.” #newreal #gratitude ?
As Wales Bonner is best acclaimed for her menswear and tailoring, it’s only fitting that Beyonce donned a custom-made suit by the designer, which was done in white satin with embroideries of cowrie shells and swarovski crystals.
Wales Bonner only recently launched her first womenswear collection earlier this summer, and it’s all replete with impeccable tailoring, so replicating Bey’s look won’t be that difficult.