Beyoncé attacks the stage with ease, but a lot goes into executing her costumes perfectly, according to Tina Knowles. The megastar’s mom, who has been supervising King B’s style decisions for years, doubles as her daughter’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stylist. Because of her hands-on know-how, she gave a quick look at how Jay-Z’s wife hops in and out of nine designer ensembles and the concept of B’s tour wardrobe.
Click through to see the five things we learned from Mama Knowles’ interview with Grazia Daily.
1. Queenliness is key.
“Regal and royal was the theme of the wardrobe. We took a cue from the O2’s commercial which had a queen theme. For the very first scene, Ralph & Russo created these amazing stage outfits because we wanted something over the top and queen-like but modern. They nailed it with the white outfit.”
“I love the Kenzo outfit. It’s African inspired and I like the movement of it, it’s really cool with the choreography.”
2. Beyoncé loves new names.
“Beyonce’s worked with almost every brand and we try to discover new designers too. Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith are Beyonce’s stylists and they’re always in search for new designers to bring in.”
3. She’s a master of a certain craft.
“Beyonce makes nine costume changes so you’re going to have little things that go wrong. You just have to think really quickly because you literally have 30 or 40 seconds to change so she’s become a master at it.”
4. Hidden treasures.
“The designer pieces are beautiful but the team here put in zippers and hidden openings. There are little secrets we can do and there’s lots of double-sided tape!”
5. Practice makes perfect.
“We practice the quick changes as much as possible but often the outfits aren’t totally settled until the day of the concert. And it’s an ongoing process. Beyonce studies her performances on film and makes changes for two to three weeks during the tour so things can change at any time.”