Beyoncé's stage costumes for her first performance since the birth of Blue Ivy were epic in the making.
The singer's showstopping pieces for her recent Atlantic City show took four weeks to make, with 20 couturiers working around the clock to stitch on the outfits' 500,000 Swarovski crystals.
The new mother's comeback Revel Resort show had a modern showgirl theme, with over 20 designs shortlisted from couture label Ralph & Russo to a final selection of only four.
Comeback costumes: Wearing four Swarovski-covered outfits, Beyoncé performed in Atlantic City on May 25 for the first time in nine months
Michael Russo and Tamara Ralph are the Australian design duo behind Ralph & Russo, a made-to-measure couture label that counts Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé as loyal customers.
The pair told Grazia Daily: 'Beyoncé has great style and stage presence and we wanted to ensure this was reflected in each element of the design from the style, fit, fabric selection and embellishment with over 500,000 Swarovski Element.
'We put together around 20 designs which were shortlisted to a final selection of four, and two headpieces,' they added.
Beyoncé gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy nearly five months ago, and it had been nine months since she last performed for fans - her costumes catapulting her right back to where she left off.
Modern showgirl: The new mother's Revel Resort show had a showstopping theme, with over 20 designs shortlisted from couture label Ralph & Russo to a final selection of only four
Ms Ralph said: 'Beyoncé and her team wanted to launch Revel Resort at Atlantic City with a modern showgirl idea - which was perfect. The brief provided us with the flexibility to create fun and edgy couture designs that had an ultra-glamorous feel to them.'
She continued: 'We can usually create custom made couture pieces within three to five weeks. With something like Beyoncé’s pieces, we had a team of 20 couturiers working around the clock on the outfits which were completed in 4 weeks!'
During her second concert of her four-date stint at Revel Beach Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, the Single Ladies star told the audience about her post-pregnancy regime.
The design team: Michael Russo and Tamara Ralph are an Australian design duo behind Ralph & Russo, a made-to-measure couture label that counts Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé as loyal customers
Custom made couture: Beyoncé’s pieces had a team of 20 couturiers working around the clock to complete the outfits in only four weeks
'Y'all have no idea how hard I worked,' the 30-year-old told her fans. 'I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!'
During the concert, she performed a selection of her biggest hits, including Crazy In Love, Love On Top, Irresistible and If I Were A Boy.
She also paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston with a cover of I Will Always Love You and closed the concert with Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).
WORDS: Olivia Fleming
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