All the times Beyonce showed her love for Israeli fashion designers
Queen Bey has given her stamp of approval to several promising designers, catapulting them to success.
How does a fashion designer go from struggling artist to household name?
Many times, it takes some hugely popular public figure – e.g. musician, actor, model, influencer – simply wearing a piece of said designer's wares. For at least one fleeting moment, she's made it.
But Beyonce is more than a mere public figure. She's in a category all her own, so when she wears something that gets people talking (which happens just about every day), the designer gets more than just a nod. She gets a catapult to fashion stardom.
On her latest tour stop with husband Jay-Z in London, Queen Bey wore an earthy, tulle-heavy, nude-colored frock designed by Shahar Avnet, a Tel Aviv-based design school graduate and relative newbie on the fashion scene.
But that wasn't the superstar's first foray into the Israeli fashion circuit. Earlier in the tour, Beyonce and Jay-Z played clips from their wedding renewal ceremony on a giant screen behind them. Her dress, her fans later discovered, was designed by Galia Lahav, who creates haute couture bridal and evening gowns out of her studio in Tel Aviv.
Lahav, a veteran in the industry, is known for dressing brides "who are seeking something luxurious and more dramatic for their wedding,” she told From The Grapevine. Her designs are luxurious, intricate and handmade in silk and lace, beaded with pearls and crystals.
Two years earlier, 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 her Formation World Tour.
Thanks to the superstar seal of approval, Dror's popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. "I was able to pool my knowledge from designing evening wear and bridal and add a new dimension that was completely new to me," she said of the Beyonce collaboration.
Israeli Alon Livne, who's been designing since he was 17 and apprenticed at Alexander McQueen in London and Roberto Cavalli in Florence, went on to win the top prize on "Project Runway Israel." By the time he caught Beyonce's attention, he had already become the go-to designer for several A-listers, including Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell.
In 2013, he was commissioned to design several dresses for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter tour.
As her current tour progresses, we'll occasionally find ourselves asking, "Who is she wearing THIS time?" If current trends are any indication, it's very likely to be another lucky Israeli.
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