Meet the designer behind Beyoncé's concert costumes
The bridal-themed outfits are lighting up the stage on her new world tour.
Beyoncé recently kicked off her Formation World Tour and she's been photographed wearing some seriously sultry white numbers on stage. Turns out Queen Bey commissioned Israeli bridal designer Inbal Dror, who's known for attention-demanding details like sheer cup corsets, dramatic cut-outs and slits, and barely there silhouettes, to design several custom looks for the tour. Since Dror's creations can tilt towards risk averse, there was no pop star more appropriate than Beyoncé to take the designer's vision to the next level.
From The Grapevine recently caught up with Dror, who studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. "It was amazing to design for such an icon," she told us about the Beyoncé collaboration. "It was so much fun to design for the stage because there are so many practical elements to consider. The designs had to be flexible and easy to move in!"
Beyoncé, who also has her own fashion line, was first seen wearing an Inbal Dror dress on stage at the Grammys this year when she presented Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with the Record of the Year award. "It was an amazing moment, we were so excited and flattered," said Dror.
Before the dress found itself on Beyoncé, the vertical crochet lace paneled wedding gown with collar, long sleeves, and tulle inserts, had made its way down Inbal Dror's fall 2016 bridal runway presentation in New York this past October which we attended. "I think she is a risk taker and this particular gown blended her sexy, risky side with a more romantic spin," says Dror.
After the dress garnered rave reviews – who else could pull off wearing a wedding gown to a major awards show? – Beyoncé's stylists reached out to the Israeli designer for an even bigger collaboration. Not only did Dror consider Beyoncé's personality, she also drew inspiration from Victorian and tribal influences that are featured in the singer's music video for her new hit "Formation." "I was given a brief by her team and I designed based on this with the 'Inbal Dror' twist," says Dror.
Inbal Dror collections include bridal and evening wear, which are available in select boutiques in New York Paris, London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Seoul. And while her popularity is growing by leaps and bounds, she remains humbled by the Beyoncé collaboration. "I was able to pool my knowledge from designing evening wear and bridal and add a new dimension that was completely new to me," said Dror. "We are all thrilled with the finished product!"
We can't wait to see what these two do together next.
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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