The Beyhive may still be waiting for “Renaissance” visuals, but a surprise couture collection directly inspired by the album’s songs, courtesy of Balmain, might scratch that itch (for now).
Called Renaissance Couture, the collection features plenty of dramatic sculptural moments — including hammered metal breastplates, 3D-printed bustiers and fireworks made from feathers — along with luxe velvets, meticulously embroidered gowns and a wearable crystal chandelier. It’s details, details, details, all the way down to Beyoncé’s autograph forming the base of pairs of platform heels.
“I’m That Girl” features a “sun-meets-crown” metal bustier by sculptor Elie Hirsch. Credit: Courtesy Balmain
Rousteing conceived the project when he became singularly obsessed with “Renaissance” after its release last summer, he said in a statement.
The “Renaissance Couture’ collection arrives just ahead of Beyoncé’s spring and summer world tour. Credit: Courtesy Balmain
“From the beginning, we knew that this collaboration was going to be unlike any of the others that either of us had worked on before… this is a collection that is based completely on our shared passion for melding together music and fashion,” Rousteing said. “The lack of budgeting, roll-out and marketing plans eliminated the typical boundaries and constraints, creating a dream environment that allowed us to simply experiment, dream and push each other to the max. And that’s exactly what we did.”
Scroll through the gallery above to see looks from the Beyoncé x Balmain “Renaissance Couture” collection.