The Blonds are known for combining couture-level embellishment with Bob Mackie kitsch. The duo's Swarovski-covered corsets have become signatures for many a pop star (Rihanna, Katy Perry, to name a few).
Designers Phillipe and David Blond's latest creation was a commission for superstar Beyoncé’s latest world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, and although the set list provides no new material (sad face), she’s retired her vintage Thierry Mugler for a provocative new number by the pair that’s making news the world over. Yeah, we're talking about that crazy sparkly boob corset. We chat with the designers about the shocking look, their inspiration behind it, and working for Queen Bey.
Fashionista: Who was the first star to wear one of your design? Beyoncé was actually the first star to wear one of our pieces. It's interesting because we were so inspired by what her mother, Miss Tina Knowles, was doing with Destiny's Child before we ever started The Blonds. The looks were so fresh because they were one part Motown girl group, with a bit of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and a little downtown twist, fused together... it made a huge impact on us. We would always watch out for the girls on MTV knowing that they would be wearing something glamorous, individual and always amazing! We certainly share her love for the sparkle and music combo! It’s one of the main reasons we do what we do.
Tell me how you came up with Beyoncé's design. Was this one of many? Although this theme is a reoccurring theme within all of our collections, it was a collaboration. We proposed several different options and this was the one that won. What is the piece made of and how long did it take to create? To start, Phillipe hand painted the suit on Beyonce to achieve the correct shading. The piece was then hand embroidered with approximately 30,000 Swarovski crystals that took over 600 hours to apply. It was a close collaboration with Beyonce, Tina Knowles and her stylist, Ty Hunter, to finish what would become one of the most glamorous and provocative looks she's ever worn.
What were you inspired by and also, what inspires you most about her? Beyonce exudes confidence, glamour and sensuality, so, we created something that would express all of those things in every way. Our original inspiration came from Tamara de Lempicka's paintings of the female body.
It is also meant to give the illusion of being covered in crystallized honey. It’s a couture look that would not only be stunning, but, also reflect her personality and the music from this segment of the Mrs. Carter Tour.
When it comes to Beyonce--she is everything! She’s the ultimate performer and it's electrifying to experience her live in concert because she connects with the audience in a way that's pure. Like a mix of Diana Ross's glamour and Tina Turner's passion.
Any challenges working on this project? There are no complications when you’re working with a client of this caliber!