- The outfit Beyoncé wore on the “Renaissance” album cover came with an instruction manual.
- Vogue reports that designer Nusi Quero provided Beyoncé’s stylists with a video of how to install it.
- Quero told Vogue that he found materials for the play during a “treasure hunt tour” of Los Angeles.
The silver belt Beyoncé wore on the cover of her latest album “Renaissance” was so complex that it came with an installation video for her stylists, according to Vogue.
In an interview with Vogue’s Alice Newbold published on Tuesday, stylist Nusi Quero said he made the piece for Beyoncé using materials he found during a “treasure hunt tour” of Los Angeles. As a former graffiti artist with a background in architectural design, Quero told the outlet that he has no formal training in fashion and is still learning how to build clothes out of fabric.
Quero made the base of the singer’s body art from a semi-sharp chrome grille lined with rhinestones, reports Vogue. He also praised the style team of Beyoncé, Vance Gamble and Marni Senofonte, who had to apply the piece in six to eight different sections.
The artwork took just a week and a half to “discover,” Quero told Vogue. “It wasn’t the kind of idea I sketched out and then realized,” he said, adding that he prefers to finish projects as he goes along. “I did it by putting it together and figuring out how it went. I love doing things this way, although I think it can be frustrating for stylists, who expect traditional sketches and processes.”
Quero told the outlet that the superstar’s new album is “graceful, sexy, compositionally immaculate and showcases Beyoncé as an empowered and courageous artist and woman.”
Quero did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
This isn’t the first time Quero has worked with a celebrity. The creative shared a photo on Instagram last year of Kylie Jenner wearing one of her designs. British Vogue reports that he also designed a tattoo for musician Grimes in 2021, working with tattoo artist Tweakt to create a full-scale tattoo for the singer.
During the interview with the British publication, Quero said that he does work that “is out of any relationship – aesthetically or symbolically – with current culture”.
Beyoncé’s newest album has received positive reviews, but it has also been mired in controversy since its release. After she received a backlash for using skillful language in the song “Heated,” a rep for the star told Insider’s Ayomikun Adekaiyero that the lyrics would be changed.
Monica Lewinsky joined fans responding to the change on Twitter, jokingly writing, “Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition.” The tweet refers to Beyoncé’s 2013 song “Partition”, where she references the affair between Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton.
“Milkshake” singer Kelis also criticized Beyoncé on Instagram for not having the “decency” to contact her before interpolating the track on the album. The sample was later removed from the song “Energy”.