Early this morning, Texas’ queen B dropped her newest visible album, Black Is King, and he or she lifted up a neighborhood Black artist in the method. The new movie options Beyoncé in myriad beautiful seems by designers like Burberry, Erdem, and Dallas-based label Levenity by Venny Etienne. The Haitian-American dressmaker, recognized for dressing stars like Niecy Nash and Cardi B, in addition to a run on Project Runway, has been maintaining the Beyoncé information beneath wraps for practically a yr now. But he’d been dreaming of making for the megastar lengthy earlier than then.
In a 2015 Facebook put up, Etienne declared, “(Speaking into existence) Beyoncé WILL wear one of my garments by 2020 (5 yr plan – Vision Board).” Now, that imaginative and prescient has come to life because the singer dons one among Etienne’s signature, structured jackets in the Black Is King movie. (You may also spot the jacket in the video for the album’s track “Already.”)
Beyoncé’s stylist, Zerina Akers, had labored with Etienne to decorate one other one among her consumer’s, Niecy Nash, for the Black Girls Rock awards present.
“That’s when Zerina asked me and said, we want to put you on, to do this coat for B–that’s how we say her name, we never say a full name,” Etienne laughs. “I was like, shut up! Are you serious?”
Etienne took 4 days off his full-time job as an accountant to give attention to creating the pivotal look, which took about 65 hours to assemble. Beyonce’s workforce requested him for a powerful look, so he determined to make a jacket with daring assertion shoulders. Etienne says his upbringing in New York steers him to create extra structured items whereas his Haitian background pushes him towards vibrant colours and patterns. For Beyonce’s jacket, he needed to attract all his influences collectively.
“I wanted to connect the strong woman, which is the woman I design for, and still show some kind of femininity. When I saw they wanted bright colors and florals, I thought we could still give a strong look with a soft palette,” says Etienne. “I think people will know it’s mine because it looks like a strong piece. It’s always a structured, tailored, clean-lined piece. So, I’m glad it’s something that could be identifiable.”
As properly as asking him to create a search for the visible album, Akers additionally included Etienne as a featured dressmaker in Beyonce’s Black-owned business directory. He’s grateful that cultivating that relationship has led to huge alternatives, and he’s excited to see how Beyoncé and her workforce are highlighting lesser recognized creatives.
“The way that Beyonce has her team, she’s rallying up with her creatives, and now her creatives are looking for other people who are maybe not known nationally, like myself. It’s like, her allowing me to be part of this project now allows me to let people locally experience it, so I felt so grateful to have people on my team who could experience it,” he says.
Black Is King is accessible to stream on Disney+. Shop Levenity here.