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*Beyoncé has teamed with famed fashion house Balmain on a couture collection inspired by her Renaissance album.
The superstar shared the announcement on Instagram, writing, “Thank you @olivier_rousteing and @balmain for bringing RENAISSANCE to life in couture. Designing alongside you was freeing—thank you for allowing me to celebrate the human form, to take artistic risks, to push boundaries and to freely express myself.”
As Complex reports, Olivier Rousteing spoke to Vogue France about collaborating with the artist. “I was sketching and sketching as I listened [to Renaissance], and sometimes you can’t control the emotion of your sketch,” he explained. “And I started to imagine the sketches inside her album, how they would relate to the songs and the lyrics—it wasn’t something I was supposed to be doing but I was just inspired by the music to do it. And that’s how this started.”
“My hope was that she would be up for something even beyond the work we have done together before,” said Rousteing. “I wanted us to be co-designers.”
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“I can’t help but be thrilled by the history-making aspects of this collaboration,” Rousteing said.
“This appears to be the first time that a Black woman has overseen the couture offering from a historic Parisian house. And those designs were created in partnership with the first Black man to ever oversee all the collections at a historic Parisian house,” Rousteing continued.
Each song on Beyoncé’s Renaissance album served as the inspiration for the 17 looks in the Balmain collection.
The Beyoncé and Rousteing collab news comes amid reports of the singer ending her partnership with Adidas.
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