Beyoncé is a well-known perfectionist, so it's no wonder that she surrounds herself with like-minded people - especially where the look and feel of her tours is concerned. The 34-year-old and her costume stylist released a behind-the-scenes video documenting the elaborate process undertaken by a team of individuals to dress the superstar for her Formation World Tour.
"The process for designing this tour came from the beginning of the project, which was the movie; there was a very antebellum feel to the film," lead designer Marni Senofonte explains in the video, referring to the music video for "Formation." "We went back to New Orleans. We had... Victorian streetwear."
Then came the call-out to designers to craft their best looks befitting of Queen Bey.
"When the tour came, we were like 'OK, we have this great foundation, so now designers give us what you've got,'" added Eyob Yohannes, Marni's assistant. "And then we opened up this forum for all these designers to sketch in that world."
From there, the "Freedom" singer approved each creation.
"Beyoncé and I went through them and decided what we liked, what we didn't like, what we [could] change, and then sent it back to [the designers]," noted Marni, "and [then the creations] were re-sketched and then we decided which pieces we wanted made."
Of one particular white, frilly bodysuit, Beyoncé is shown saying, "That's so pretty!" The "Lemonade" mastermind, whose film is nominated for multiple EMMYs, also dances around in a big, red oversized hat, of which Marni notes that the milliner drove to Mexico to buy and then craft the piece.
Next came the intricate process of customizing each garment. In order to ensure that each dancer could move, darts were added to the armpits of bodysuits; fishnet stockings were dyed to match each dancer's skin tone (wait until you see how!), and splices of material were sewn together.
In order to make sure wardrobe changes happened on time, Marni and her team also set about documenting what was to be worn when. This allowed Beyoncé to put everything on with ease.
"It's so exciting to see, you know, something that has been in your mind that you've been working so hard [for]," says Marni of watching her creations dance across the stage on Beyoncé and her entourage. "All of that kind of goes away when you're just sitting [watching the concert] for those two hours."