Leave it to Queen Bey to draw wedding dress inspiration from a legitimate Queen.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour put the Beyhive on lockdown last week when a photo from what appeared to be the couple’s vow renewal appeared on screen (also Rumi and Sir—hi!).
Well, the rumors seem to be true. Wedding dress designer Galia Lahav confirmed via press release that Bey was wearing her line’s “Thelma” gown for a “vow renewal.” Vow. Renewal.
The dress in question is part of the designer’s “Victorian Affinity” collection, which was aptly inspired by the off-the-shoulder wedding gown Queen Victoria wore when she wed Prince Albert in 1840 (see below).
The “Thelma” (which should really be renamed the "Beyoncé") follows its royal predecessor in terms of the neckline and lace detailing on the bodice, but adopts a decidedly more modern approach when it comes to the mermaid-cut skirt and the delicate sheer paneling down the gown’s back. The gown is available on bridal site Bloomfeld for €10,300 (approximately $12,200).
The dress is also a complete 180 from the strapless gown she wore on her original wedding day back in 2008, which was designed by none other than her mom, Tina Knowles Lawson. “She was so sweet to let me do that," Lawson said in a 2016 interview about designing the tiered ensemble, which Bey apparently wasn't crazy about. "She came back later one day and she said, ‘You know, when my daughter gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress.’ Maybe she wasn’t so excited about it at the time, but she’s a sweetheart."
Lahav is of Russian descent, but her brand is based in Tel Aviv, Israel—an interesting, and perhaps subtly political choice for Bey.
We can’t wait to see a full-body shot of our queen in the gown—but, obviously, we don’t need photographic evidence to know that she slayed.