First of all, we’re obsessed with Beyoncé‘s new video. The hair, the makeup, the dancing and the song itself are all perfect. We also love the classic film references–we spy allusions to Funny Face, Flashdance, Fame, Dreamgirls, West Side Story and maybe even A Chorus Line, Valley of the Dolls and Cactus Flower? Plus, has anyone anywhere ever looked more happy, beautiful and glowing, ever?
Anyway, the video is stylistically pretty simple, which we love. Though, we can only imagine the difficulties of dressing the pregnant star (speaking of which–is this the first time anyone’s been visibly pregnant in their music video?) in 6+ looks. So how did they rise to the challenge of referencing all of these bygone era films while accommodating Bey’s growing baby bump? American Apparel. You can literally buy most of her outfits right now for pennies compared to what she usually wears in videos.
According to MTV, the primary colored leotards are Capezio, the cleavage-bearing gown Mugler, the jeweled mini dress Chan Luu and the Flashdance-y ripped tee is Forever 21. American Apparel supplied the oversized button-downs seen above, the striped leotard and short shorts and presumably the Jo Stockton-esque black turtleneck and leggings. American Apparel: if your product is good enough for Beyoncé to wear all over her music video, why can’t you get your act together? And also–is a Mugler maternity line next?
Click through for some more screenshots. Which look was your fave?