Beyoncé has blessed the world with new music, releasing a new video in conjunction with her visual album Black is King.
As we’ve come to expect from Beyoncé, the video for Already is a feast for the eyes with complex cultural themes, choreography, cinematography, and of course costume design.
At one point, the 38-year-old singer and her backup dancers wear moon-printed bodysuits by French designer Marine Serre – a style which is loved by celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Dua Lipa – and has previously been worn by Beyoncé in another color.
The outfits throughout the rest of the video are just as impressive, with Beyoncé wearing a cow-print minidress with matching thigh-high boots and a duster, as well as donning a turquoise outfit with an intricate corset, matching headdress and long skirt she soon detaches.
Beyoncé puts as much thought and effort into the fashion for her music videos as the songs themselves. Here are some of her most iconic style moments from videos over the years.
Crazy in Love, 2003
We’re starting with Beyoncé’s solo career because the fashion achievements of Destiny’s Child is a whole different story. Crazy in Love might not have been her first solo music video, but it was the first to make a huge sartorial splash.
For one section, Beyoncé kept things simple with denim booty shorts, a white tank top, and red heels, but then really kicked it up a notch with the dress we all wanted to wear at the time: a color-blocked, cut-out orange and purple number which was accessorized with statement gold jewelry.
Single Ladies, 2008
The singer went for a more futuristic vibe for the Sweet Dreams music video. Undoubtedly, the stand-out costume was the gold metal bodysuit and matching arm cuffs by Thierry Mugler, which made Beyoncé look like a high-fashion robot.
Run the World (Girls), 2011
Run the World (Girls) is more akin to the music videos we’ve come to expect from Beyoncé in the present day – highly cinematic, with large-scale choreography, and full of high fashion. One of the opening looks is a gold-and-red Alexander McQueen minidress, and things escalate from there to Beyoncé wearing a white Givenchy couture gown in the desert and then dancing in a floor-length yellow Emilio Pucci gown with mega leg cutouts.
Hold Up, 2016
It’s almost impossible to pick one stand-out outfit from Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade – but we’re going to try. For the song Hold Up, the singer carried a baseball bat and smashed car windows, wearing a ruffled yellow dress by Roberto Cavalli. It’s one-shouldered and instantly recognizable, with Beyonce’s stylist B. Akerlund telling the Hollywood Reporter, “Everything from that it was flowing to it was see-through to it had all these different shapes and was still sexy – the dress had it all. Ultimately, the yellow dress is what makes it [the video] iconic and memorable and stands out. ”
Beyoncé voiced ‘Nala’ in last year’s remake of The Lion King, and for the occasion, she released a music video for her song Spirit – in which she changes outfits an impressive 11 times. The song and video is a love letter to Africa, and the outfits are a who’s who of top designers around the world. Whether she’s in a purple-and-red Valentino haute couture gown, a monochromatic outfit with a durag cap by African brand Tongoro, or a custom Laurel DeWitt blue fringed bodysuit, Beyoncé knows how to harness fashion to tell a story.