Bey's first look. (Getty Images)And her second. (Getty Images)Beyond her amazing dancing and vocals on Sunday, Beyonce also certainly looked amazing during her halftime performance as well.
It took 200 hours to make the Super Bowl halftime show costume that Beyoncé wore for a mere eight minutes.
Marlene Dietrich was known for her iconic menswear pieces. (Everett Collection)The “Halo” singer turned up the sex appeal on Sunday in a Rubin Singer leather-and-lace creation that was partially inspired by the late ‘70s/early ‘80s photography of Helmut Newton and the style of ‘30s Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich, which came together to create "the idea of the powerful, strong, woman," Singer's rep tells omg!. "Newton’s imagery and Marlene’s innate style."
Both German-born icons played with the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine: Newton in his black-and-white photography (which often depicted women provocatively dressed as men) and Dietrich, who is well known for her love of menswear, particularly pantsuits.
Inspiration also came from Singer’s upcoming Fall 2013 collection, which is based on a Valkyrie, a female figure who decided which soldiers live and died in Norse mythology.
Beyoncé first hit the stage – to her 2003 single “Crazy in Love” – in a black leather motorcycle jacket with exaggerated shoulders, an asymmetrical collar, and winged cuffs, which was paired with a “liquid nylon” asymmetrical mini wrap skirt.
A Newton photo from 1966. (AP Images)During the song, as she stomped around the stage with backup dancers who also wore Singer, Beyoncé took off the jacket and tossed it to the side, and then ripped off the skirt and launched it into the audience – revealing a leather-and-lace bodysuit that was reminiscent of warrior armor.
“Strips of engineered python, paneled iguana, and trapunto/pick stitched leather were sewn together in contrast to the flounce skirt and insets of delicate black Chantilly lace in areas where skin can be seen,” explains a press release. “This item proved to be incredibly challenging as it not only needed to be dramatic but had to withstand the rigorous dance moves required for the performance.”
The end result “is truly couture in every way,” Singer continues. “My seamstresses were assembling all of the leather and exotic skins individually by hand. All of the pieces were separate details that were all constructed on her body… Beyoncé is such a fierce and intense performer we could not have the outfit constrict her in any way.”
The sketch of Bey's look. (Getty Images)The long process of making the striking look began just after Thanksgiving when the New York-based designer met with Beyoncé and her stylists, Raquel Smith and Ty Hunter, and presented them with looks. The singer then "turned to me and said 'Have you been living in my head?'" Singer tells omg!. "Two hours later she gave me the job. As a designer, this is one of the biggest honors I could have ever dreamed of."
Two weeks later, after he received the sought-after assignment, Singer and Beyoncé met once again to begin the collaborative process.
Over the following two months leading up to February 3, Beyoncé had five fittings for the two-part costume – which was constructed by a team of 14 in NYC – before the final masterpiece was complete. And once it was, there were daily dress rehearsals with the performer in New Orleans to be sure the outfit could withstand Beyoncé’s choreography.
So, what do you think of Beyoncé’s Super Bowl look? Was it worth all that time and effort that went into making it?
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