Beyoncé really does run the world! With her On the Run tour with husband Jay Z in full swing, Queen Bey surprised all of us over the weekend when she and Nicki Minaj released a remix to her "Flawless" single, and managed to pick up a few VMA nominations along the way. It's only appropriate that the star looks flawless on and off the stage, and during a recent chat with designer Michael Costello, who also created the amazing gown she wore to the Grammys, we just had to pick his brain about the trio of looks he designed for the tour.
With a muse like Beyoncé, Costello didn't have to look far for inspiration. "I was inspired by Beyoncé herself and her iconic style, however, I wanted to take it to the next level by creating statement pieces that would be showstoppers," he tells InStyle.com exclusively. "I didn't pull inspiration from her videos, but I drew from her music. She's a fashion icon and a voice of this generation."
After speaking with Beyoncé's stylist Ty Hunter, Costello decided to create three bodysuits, merging his signature aesthetic with some Queen Bey flair. Of course, comfort was a huge factor in the design process, as the pieces needed to keep up with the high-octane dance moves. "The most important element to include was comfort," Costello says. "Since they are performance pieces, I had to make sure the fabrics I selected allowed her to dance and sing." Each piece took a few days to construct and piece together, with the final payoff being able to see them in action. "It was a surreal feeling seeing my pieces come to life on stage. It took my breath away!" he adds. "She rocked the pieces like only she could, and to top it all off, she performed some of my favorite songs in them, which made it even more special." We'll say! Keep reading to see what Costello had to say about each of his stunning pieces from Beyoncé's On the Run tour."Single Ladies" video, and in just two hours, was able to design a stunning metallic bodysuit with a cutout in the center. "I had that fabric for a long time and I wanted to use it specifically for Beyoncé," says Costello. "I had imagined her wearing her hair in a ponytail with this piece, and when I saw how Ty had styled everything, I was really impressed with the look—her hair, the entire styling was amazing! For me, I just want Beyoncé to feel confident, free, and beautiful in my clothes." Judging by the showstopping routine she put on just after donning the bodysuit, mission accomplished!