Balmain and Beyoncé Team Up for Renaissance Couture Collection
| LAST UPDATE 04/03/2023
There is nothing Queen Bey can't do! The songstress has recently added couture fashion designer to her resume, and we can't get enough. Beyoncé and Balmain's Olivier Rousteing have teamed up to give us the collaboration of the century - and it's simply out of this world! So, let's take a closer look at the one-of-a-kind "Renaissance Couture" collection.
Last summer, Beyoncé released her hit album, Renaissance, and it inspired not only us dedicated fans but a certain fashion designer known as Olivier Rousteing. The creative director found himself listening to the soundtrack on repeat (as we all did), but he used his talents to create an entire couture collection from it. And then he got Bey on board.
Rousteing told Vogue, "I was sketching and sketching as I listened [to Renaissance], and sometimes you can't control the emotion of your sketch," he said. "And I started to imagine the sketches inside her album, how they would relate to the songs and the lyrics—it wasn't something I was supposed to be doing, but I was just inspired by the music to do it. And that's how this started." From there, the creative director contacted Bey and her stylist, Marni Senofonte, and told the popstar, "I want to create a couture collection with you," to which they simply said yes. And after months of tireless work, perfecting every ounce of the collection, the Renaissance couture drop was born. The 17-piece collection was designed to represent each song off the album and, even more specifically, a meaningful lyric from each one of the songs.
Besides the magnificent spirit of Olivier and Beyoncé represented throughout the clothing, their collaboration was the "first time that a Black woman has overseen the couture offering from a historic Parisian house." Additionally, "those designs were created in partnership with the first Black man to ever oversee all the collections at a historic Parisian house." With this historical moment in play, Rousteing thanked his co-designer for "creating the infectious, joyous music that launched this journey." And we, too, thank her for her music and all her glory! So, be sure to check out the full collection here.