Beyoncé’s Grammy performance is quickly going down in history as one of the best live awards show performances of all time. Bey being Bey, it’s clear that she released her pregnancy announcement in order to bring it to life on the Grammy stage, and while she didn’t win Album of the Year, she definitely won the most spoken-about person of the night (even winner Adele can’t stop thanking Beyoncé). Now, we’re learning even more about the singer’s awe-inspiring Grammy performance, right down to the hidden details in her performance dress.
Bey’s performance ensemble was designed by long-time costume collaborator Peter Dundas (he also created the epic yellow gown Bey wore in Lemonade during “Hold Up”). The custom gown featured a hand embroidered profile pic of Queen Bey right on the belly, with a little baby cherub on either side, all surrounded by ivy. Get it?
The designer also admitted that the look was inspired by African goddess Oshun, as was Bey’s now iconic Lemonade dress. In an interview with Vogue Magazine, he said the dress mixed art deco motifs with the goddess and lyrics from “Love Drought,” the song which Bey performed that night. “I like creating stories within a garment,” he said. “It was a fun way to celebrate the moment for her.”
We hope that one day, this dress will be put into a museum, because it so perfectly captures this entire moment for Beyoncé, and its details and history won’t be something we’ll soon forget.
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(h/t Refinery29; photos via Kevin Mazur/Getty)