“The one theme that I see in every outfit is attention to detail,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit Curator, Meredith Rutledge tells ESSENCE.com. “For instance, even when Beyoncé’s look is a simple tank top and (J Brand) shorts, as in her “Crazy In Love” video outfit, she pairs it with a dynamite pair of red patent (Stuart Weitzman) sling-back pumps that make the outfit transcendent and take it to another level.”
“It’s hard to believe, but this incredible rhinestone top was actually repurposed by the designer, Jose Barrera, from a pair of leggings he had made for Cher!”
“At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we’re all about showing the connections between our inductees and contemporary artists. So It’s no coincidence that Beyoncé’s glove is displayed almost back-to-back, adjacent to Michael Jackson’s iconic jeweled glove.”
“The intricate titanium glove that compliments this look adds emphasis to the song lyric, “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.”
“A couple of things really surprised me in relation to the robot costume from her “Sweet Dreams” video,” says the curator about the gold metal Thierry Mugler bodysuit. “First of all, the waist of this thing is incredibly tiny, and it’s made of unyielding metal, so Beyoncé’s waist has to be really, really small. I’m more in awe than surprised about that, and it’s also pretty awesome that she was able to wear it for any length of time and move in it – it had to be so uncomfortable!”
The matching metallic pumps with embellishments by Ruthie Davis worn with the gold bodysuit.
“Beyoncé’s stylist saw this dress at the designer Gareth Pugh’s runway show and immediately knew it would be perfect for the video project they were working on.”
“The shoes are my favorite part of this look –– they are epic and architectural, really works of art.”
“Beyoncé wore this beautiful and very revealing (Givenchy) dress only four months after giving birth to Blue Ivy. I love the jeweled glove/armlets, that attach at the shoulders with zippers,” she explains.
“Beyoncé was looking for something for her Superbowl performance that was funky, edgy and feminine, and designer Rubin Singer delivered this leather and lace look – the perfect combination of fierce and feminine.”