Beyoncé’s latest release, Black Is King, just debuted on Disney+ and the timing seems perfect in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Based on songs from 2019’s The Lion King movie –in which Beyoncé voiced Nala. Black Is King is,
“A celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.”
With guest appearances by Jay-Z, and daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Lupita Nyong’o, Donald Glover, and more, little was revealed about the film ahead of this week’s debut.
Trailers did offer a few glimpses at the gorgeous costumes by Tel Aviv–based designer Alon Livné. You may have encountered the man’s work in pieces he’s made for Lady Gaga, as well as dresses he designed for her Mrs. Carter tour in 2015.
Zerina Akers, Beyoncé’s, stylist, called Livné six months ago about
“a really big project, but she couldn’t tell me much else.”
He told Vogue,
“I’ve made a couple looks for Beyoncé’s tours, but that was nothing like this, which [involved] working step-by-step with the stylists and creating something from scratch.
It was amazing. It felt super, super creative.”
Livné sketched three looks based on a mash-up of images of nature, Black culture, art, movies, and beyond given to him as mood boards.
The first look was inspired by The Winged Victory of Samothrace the famous Hellenistic sculpture in the Louvre of a winged goddess. Livné and his team soldered a metal “shell” to create a winged shape, then draped it by hand with organza silk that was shot through with silicone to make it moldable.
Livné also made a crimson coat from his recent runway collection. It looks like fur, but it was made entirely by hand with tiny strips of tulle gathered and stitched together.
“It took six days just to sew it.”
His third and final look appears in the scene with everyone dressed in white: a hand-crocheted dress with a corseted bodice and voluminous, off-the-shoulder sleeves.
“The way Beyoncé dresses is always very high-end and special, especially in the last few years.
For her, it isn’t just about feeling sexy or looking good—it’s about the inspiration [behind the look] and the ideas, and it’s become very high-concept, which I really like.”
Black is King is streaming on DisneyPlus now exclusively.
(Photos, Disney, Livné studio; via Vogue)