Beyoce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy
This past weekend, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy attended the WACO Theater Center’s Wearable Art Gala and, unsurprisingly, showed up in some coordinating, shimmering, jaw-dropping gowns.
The event itself, which was co-founded and hosted by Bey’s mom, Tina Knowles, invited guests to dress as characters from Wakanda, the fictional world showcased in Black Panther. So, naturally, Bey and Blue went looking like gold queens.
Beyoncé’s custom dress, which she wore on the red carpet, was created by fashion house Falguni Shane Peacock.
The designers, Falguni and Shane Peacock, told ELLE.com that once they found out the theme for the gala was WACO to Wakanda, they knew they wanted to create a statement gown inspired by the Nubian queen Amanishakheto.
“Amanishakheto was a powerful woman who led the Nubian people as their warrior queen,” they said. In order to translate this message into the design, they created metallic cutouts that mimicked the design of armor. They also created an 11-foot, 3-D train, which was meant to highlight her Nubian royalty.
It took 35 workers about 10 days to complete the gown with Beyoncé and her stylist, Marni Senofonte, reviewing sketches and fabric swatches. “We continued to work closely with them by sending over images along the way in order to achieve the vision,” said the designers.
But this wasn’t the first time the designers worked with Bey. According to WWD, the duo is also responsible for the long black gown in her “Formation” music video:
And while the designers didn’t have a hand in Blue’s dress, they said she looked “like a true princess next to Beyoncé,” and really, who could disagree? For the occasion, she wore a custom Annakiki dress and a custom wig by Divamp Couture, according to The Cut.
Besides the family’s sartorial wins, Beyoncé also received the WACO Theater Center’s Humanitarian Award, and Gloria Carter, Beyoncé’s mother-in-law, received the WACO Theater Everyday People Award. Then Blue went viral when she attempted to bid $19,000 for a piece of art.