Beyonce’s Gold ‘Nipple’ Bodysuit Made Of 30,000 Swarovski Crystals

None of Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter World Tour” costumes have gotten more attention than her gold, crystal-encrusted bodysuit. With breast-shaped detailing and defined nipples, the suit has caused a stir. Designers Phillipe and David Blond — collectively known as The Blonds — have been the go-to costume embellishers for acts including Rihanna and Katy Perry, and this number is their latest work. The duo gave the details on the controversial get-up to fashion blog, Fashionista.

“Beyonce exudes confidence, glamour and sensuality, so, we created something that would express all of those things in every way. Our original inspiration came from Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings of the female body,” they explained. “It is also meant to give the illusion of being covered in crystallized honey. It’s a couture look that would not only be stunning, but, also reflect her personality and the music from this segment of the Mrs. Carter Tour.”

The duo also revealed that Beyonce was their first celebrity client, and were inspired by the Tina Knowles styling for Destiny’s Child. Admitting a shared affection with the star for “the sparkle and music combo,” The Blonds chronicled the grueling specifics behind the gold suit:

“To start, Phillipe hand painted the suit on Beyonce to achieve the correct shading. The piece was then hand embroidered with approximately 30,000 Swarovski crystals that took over 600 hours to apply,” David said. “ It was a close collaboration with Beyonce, Tina Knowles and her stylist, Ty Hunter, to finish what would become one of the most glamorous and provocative looks she’s ever worn.”

Phillipe and David also praised King Bey for her onstage presence and performance talents, placing her in a class of legends.

“When it comes to Beyonce–she is everything! She’s the ultimate performer and it’s electrifying to experience her live in concert because she connects with the audience in a way that’s pure. Like a mix of Diana Ross’s glamour and Tina Turner’s passion.”