Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” has finally arrived.
The music icon released her seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” on Friday, marking her first solo album in six years since her award-winning “Lemonade”.
“This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic,” Beyoncé wrote on her website. “A time to stand still, but also a time that I found to be the most creative. The creation of this album allowed me a place to dream and find an escape route in a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous at a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free from perfectionism and excessive thinking. A place to scream, free yourself, feel the freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration ”.
Like her previous albums, Beyoncé releases “Renaissance” with the help of some high fashion looks. On her website, the artist shared many photos of herself wearing extraordinary looks from brands such as Schiaparelli, Mugler, Alaïa and others. Beyoncé worked with fashion designer Marni Xenophon for the photo shoot.
Beyoncé kicked off the wait for “Renaissance” by releasing the album’s first single, “Break My Soul”, on June 20 along with the album cover showing the singer wearing a sheer corset-like jumpsuit with gloves. from Alaïa autumn 2022 matching opera ready-to-wear collection. She paired the look with a custom Destree hat.
On June 30, Beyoncé continued the excitement by releasing the album cover for “Renaissance,” which showed her sitting on a glass horse wearing a silver spiked chain from Los Angeles designer Nusi Quero.
Over the past month, Beyoncé has released more album cover photos for “Renaissance”, similar to the original album covers. On July 21, the singer released a new image of herself sitting on a glass horse, this time wearing a similar silver chain embellished with Giannina Azar’s white feathers.
Beyoncé contacted many design houses for “Renaissance”, looking in Schiaparelli’s spring 2022 couture collection to wear a black tapered leather bustier with transparent black thigh-high socks paired with oversized gold earrings.
She also sought out Mugler for “Renaissance,” wearing a sculptural silver bustier customized with a cropped black dress, and Dolce & Gabbana, wearing a red puff-shouldered latex jacket.
Beyoncé looked to Gucci’s Love Parade collection for “Renaissance”, wearing a long-sleeved silver pleated dress.
American designer Christopher John Rogers was also commissioned for “Renaissance”, with the designer lending a crumpled green tulle headdress and veil from his 009 Collection created in collaboration with Piers Atkinson.
Beyoncé also sought out emerging designers for “Renaissance”. She is seen in the photos wearing a set of Swarovski crystals and chain garter by sustainable designer Natalia Fedner and a retro-inspired black and white bodysuit by Australian designer Bethany Cordwell.