Beyonce’s Formation tour features costumes designed by Canadian duo DSquared2
Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten will continue their working relationship with Beyonce throughout the summer, as it was revealed earlier this week that the Toronto pair’s label DSquared2 collaborated on costumes that the singer and her backup dancers will wear on Beyonce’s Formation tour.
Even more impactful for the Canadian designers: Beyonce and her dancers will be decked out in head-to-toe DSquared2 during each stop on the Formation tour’s opening moments.
“We are crazy about Beyoncé, and working with her to create this opening look for the Formation tour is such a huge thrill and honour,” Dean and Dan Caten said in a statement. “The look tells a story, drawing from the motifs of our recent women’s runway collection while, at the same time, visualizing the powerful themes in her new music. It’s really exciting to see it come to life on stage – especially since she opens the show in full Dsquared2.”
In addition to drawing inspiration from their own body of work, DSquared2’s Formation tour looks are in keeping with the aesthetic of Beyonce’s Formation music video (and also her bold, military-inspired Super Bowl outfit, which they also designed): the singer herself will wear a black bodice, leather gloves and wide-brimmed black hat, while her backup dancers will be outfitted in black lace bodysuits and brimmed hats of their own.
DSquared2 and Dean and Dan Caten are well known for their theatric shows and pop-culture collaborations: they previously designed stage costumes for Madonna and Britney Spears, while stars such as Rihanna and Christina Aguilera have appeared on their runways. The label also recently designed Team Canada’s uniforms for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. But they’ve also courted controversy, most notably in 2015 with the debut of their DSquaw line, which the pair described as “an ode to America’s native tribes.” Critics accused the designers of misappropriation, noting that the term “squaw” is a derogatory term.
The outfits—and, you know, Beyonce herself—will touch down in Toronto on May 25.