In honor of Beyoncé’s birthday today, you and I are going to take a trip down memory lane and see just how much her style has evolved over the years.
Unlike what you would expect, Beyoncé didn’t have the smoothest entry into the fashion world. When excepting the Fashion Icon Award in 2016, Beyoncé recalled the experience, saying: “Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture… My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail.”
As time passed, Beyoncé went on to become one of the world’s most in-demand women, wearing designs made by major labels such as Versace, Gucci, and Balmain. However, Beyoncé is more than ever drawn to young talent, under-the-radar and affordable e-boutiques, and unexpected labels, including Zimmermann, Natasha Zinko, and Palomo Spain, to name a few.
So, from her early Destiny’s Child days to solo stardom and motherhood, see Queen Bey’s glorious fashion evolution.
June 1, 1998
17-year-old Beyoncé can be seen wearing a metallic black-purple-gold dress and a very Gwen Stefani-esque bindi. Beyoncé completed the look with dark metallic lipstick. Don’t you miss the ’90s?
June 29, 1998
Performing at London’s HMV store, Beyoncé wore a camouflage print two-piece.
To the 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Destiny’s Child went in matching dazzling long black two-piece. You can also spot the braids, which became Bey’s signature look in the group.
Attending the “Divas 2000” Tribute to Diana Ross at Madison Square Garden, Beyoncé wore a sparkly strapless turquoise gown and looked gorgeous.
Attending the 2001 Golden Globes, Beyoncé wore a red floor-length, side-split gown.
Continuing with the side-slit, Beyoncé graced the MTV Movie Awards wearing a golden, flowered patterned, thigh-high slit midi dress, along with a flower in her hair. She completed the look with gold sandals.
At the Austin Powers In Goldmember post-screening party, Beyonce shined in a floral gown and an afro. Looking beautiful as always, Bey!
At the 2003 Golden Globes Beyonce wore a white floral ball gown, which she paired with a simple necklace.
Beyonce looks stunning in a pink mini dress at the NRJ Music Awards.
February 1, 2004
Beyonce scored a fashion home run with a floral patterned white suit jacket and pencil skirt at the Super Bowl XXXVIII match in Texas.
February 8, 2004
Beyoncé wore a golden high-neck, satin gown to the 2004 Grammy Awards. The fact that it was Beyoncé’s first time nominated as a solo artist didn’t stop her from winning five awards.
February 27, 2005
Beyoncé looked classy and sexy wearing this black vintage Atelier Versace gown to the 77th Annual Academy Awards. She completed the look with bold diamond earrings.
February 6, 2006
Attending The Pink Panther premiere, Bey wore a pink midi dress with sheer embroidery detailing.
February 8, 2006
Beyoncé looked glamourous at The 48th Annual Grammy Awards, wearing Elie Saab Couture.
At her first-ever Met Gala appearance, Beyonce wore a stunning pink Armani Privé gown.
Beyoncé blessed the red carpet of the BET Awards in a colorful sparkly sequined Balmain mini dress. She completed the look with purple heels.
Beyonce looked absolutely stunning wearing a satin rose gown by Stephane Rolland to the 2010 Grammy Awards.
In a cut-out gown by Emilio Pucci, Beyonce was a show-stopper at the 2011 MET Gala.
At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce wore a bright orange Lanvin dress, showing off her baby bump. Bey completed the look with few diamond jewels.
Beyonce ruled the MET Gala once again with this sheer Givenchy couture gown, which was detailed with black lace, crystal embellishments, and black and purple feathers.
February 10, 2013
Beyonce wore a black and white Osman jumpsuit to the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Beyonce looked gorgeous wearing a sheer, floral lace, white Michael Costello gown to the Grammys.
Wearing a Givenchy gown that had a plunging neckline and birdcage headpiece, Bey dominated the MET Gala once again.
Beyonce looked divine taking the stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in a Roberto Cavalli Atelier custom dress.
Beyonce killed it at the 2016 Grammys wearing a white gown with a button-up collar by designer Inbal Dror.
Beyonce stopped the world wearing a nude latex gown by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci to the 2016 MET Gala.
Beyonce wore a sparkly, feathered shouldered, angelic gown by Francesco Scognamiglio to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
Attending the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Beyonce wore a sparkly red gown by Peter Dundas with a square neckline.
Wearing custom Nicolas Jebran hat and velvet couture gown with Alain Mikli sunglasses, Beyonce dominated the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Bey completed the look with large diamond earrings.
Attending the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala, Beyonce wore a sheer, feathered, thigh-high slit Ralph & Russo couture gown.
July 9, 2019
Attending the premiere of The Lion King, Beyonce wore a custom look from Alexander McQueen. On the outfit, Vogue‘s Janelle Okwodu wrote: “Covered in dégradé crystal and gilded embellishment, her Sarah Burton-designed tuxedo dress was a show-stopping take on movie star style.” I think this pretty much sums it up.
July 14, 2019
Attending the European premiere of The Lion King, Beyonce wore a yellow thigh-high slit Nguyen Cong Tri gown.
This is it for now. I personally cannot wait to see where Queen B’s style is headed to next. But for now, happy birthday Beyoncé!