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Every time Beyoncé was the queen of the red carpet

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Nobody makes an entrance on a red carpet quite like Beyoncé. Here, we celebrate the best looks of a veritable fashion queen.

Whether at the Met Gala or the Oscars, a star-studded movie premiere or the Grammys, Beyoncé is the queen of every red carpet that she graces with her presence.

Thanks to her two decades-long collaboration with stylist Ty Hunter, Beyoncé is consistently one of the best dressed women in show business. This year alone, she has worn hip baring looks from under-the-radar brands Walter Collection and Nguyen Cong Tri as well as as more casual looks from brands like Altuzarra, Burberry and Alexander Vauthier.

According to stylist Hunter, Beyoncé’s aesthetic is all about the mix of high end glamour and casual flair. His favourite look that he put together for her, for example, was one all the way back in 2003 for the video for her hit single Crazy In Love. “That tank top, the jeans shorts and the red heels,” Hunter recalled to Teen Vogue. “Because we were doing everything so glamorous, glamorous, and to strip down and to do something that the kids can emulate and copy.” 

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You can see that same marriage of laidback glamour in every red carpet look Beyoncé wears, whether it’s to the premiere of her film The Lion King or a birthday party for her young niece. Here are some of her best red carpet looks: 

  • The launch of Tyler Perry Studios

    Beyoncé was just one of the many, many A-list guests at the launch of filmmaker Tyler Perry’s sprawling new studio in Atlanta. (The guest list was first names only: Denzel, Oprah, Spike, Whoopi, Will and Halle, among others.) Beyoncé’s sparkly gold gown, shimmering with sequins, is perfect Christmas party inspiration. 

  • The London premiere of The Lion King

    This custom-made gown by Vietnamese designer Cong Tri was fit for royalty, which is apt because it was at this premiere that Beyoncé met Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for the first time. We love the shimmering yellow material and the soaring hip-high slit.

  • The world premiere of The Lion King

    For the grand unveiling of the live action Lion King, in which Beyoncé starred as Nala, the star wore bejewelled Alexander McQueen. The buttoned-up blouse section of the dres was covered in heavy embellishments while the skirt was fashioned out of sheer layers of bedazzled black chiffon with one of Beyoncé’s favourite design details: a hip-high slit.

  • The Great Gatsby-themed birthday party of her niece

    It was all beading, all the time when it came to Beyoncé’s outfit at The Great Gatsby- themed birthday party of her niece in New York in July. The singer wore a ruby red bejewelled gown from Walter Collection with a pair of bejewelled and tasselled stilettos from Jimmy Choo. 

  • The 2019 Roc Nation brunch

    Roc Nation is Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z’s record label and the couple made a splash at the company’s 2019 annual brunch in February. Jay-Z kept it cool in a chic baby blue double breasted suit but it was Beyoncé who really shut down the red carpet in her Balmain mini dress, complete with oversize shoulder detail, fresh from the runway.

  • The premiere of A Wrinkle In Time

    Beyoncé took daughter Blue Ivy to the premiere of A Wrinkle In Time in 2018, and though she skipped the red carpet, she snapped images of her flirty Zimmermann frock for Instagram. 

  • The 2018 Grammy Awards

    These days, it’s rare for Beyoncé to walk the red carpet of an event which means that glimpses of her showstopping outfits are usually limited to internal snaps or Instagram pictures, like the ones she shared of her bespoke velvet Nicolas Jebran Couture gown and curved hat at the 2018 Grammy Awards. 

  • The Tidal X: Brooklyn Charity Concert

    Beyoncé went full old Hollywood glam at this charity event in October 2017 in an emerald green Walter Mendez gown and a purple furry shrug. Some gobstopper Lorraine Schwartz chandelier earrings completed the look. 

  • The 2017 Grammy Awards

    This custom Peter Dundas gown, covered in red sequins and paired with a bling-tastic diamond necklace, was Beyoncé’s outfit of choice to pick up two Grammy awards at the ceremony. 

  • The 2016 MTV Movie Awards

    Beyoncé walked the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards flanked by some of the women who appeared in videos on her visual album Lemonade, including model Winnie Harlow, singers Chloe x Halle and daughter Blue Ivy. Beyoncé’s gown, a silver and seafoam green sequinned confection with a feathered neckpiece, was designed by Francesco Scognamiglio. 

  • The Tidal X 1015 Charity Concert

    Beyoncé changed outfits several times at the October 2015 charity concert for Tidal. Her first look, though, was this sheer beaded number with a high neck and plenty of stacked bangles.

  • The 2015 Met Gala

    Many people will remember this outfit from the 2015 Met Gala. Beyoncé was one of the last people on the red carpet, shimmying up the towing Metropolitan Museum of Art steps in this sheer, beaded Givenchy couture gown and a cascading high ponytail. 

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