Beyonce Knowles: The legend's style evolution in pictures

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Our obsession with Beyoncé started way back in the nineties as part of super-group Destiny’s Child at the tender age of 16, but it’s safe to say that the Crazy In Love singer’s style has changed dramatically since then.

Over the years we've watched the icon's style develop from the matchy-matchy outfits she sported as part of a nineties girl group to the fashion-forward designer creations she wears today. 

Favouring Givenchy, Armani and Versace, and never afraid to try out a new look, Beyonce's worn it all: sheer, feathered, embroidered, sequinned and more.

She never fails to make a headline for all the right reasons, whether making a political statement or nailing a trend years before everyone else catches on.

In honour of the hitmaker's inimitable sense of style, let's take a look back at Beyonce's most memorable fashion moments.

  • MTV Music Awards, 1998

    David and Victoria Beckham weren't the only ones doing matching leather outfits back in the nineties: in the early days of Destiny's Child, Beyonce stole the show on the red carpet in cut-out leather trousers and a simple black top.

  • Survivor Album Signing, 2001

    Sporting a shiny cowboy hat, a bellybutton piercing and a matching, fringed blue suede outfit, Beyonce entered the new millennium in typical Noughties style. 

  • MTV Music Awards, 2001

    With her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Beyonce opted for a bright, summery look, in tangerine and turquoise outfits that matched from dangly earring to thigh-high boot. 

  • Golden Globes, 2001

    With long curly hair, a scarlet sequinned dress and a thigh-high split, Beyonce gave us a taste of the glamour her future red carpet outfits would demonstrate.

  • Party in the Park, London, 2001

    Once again showing her penchant for matching two-piece outfits, Beyonce took to the stage in London in a purple fringed ensemble. 

  • Toys 'R' Us, 2001

    Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle got into the Christmas spirit in 2001 in matching Santa outfits, perfectly accessorised with their very own imitation dolls. 

  • 2002, Goldmember Movie

    Who could forget Beyonce's memorable turn as Foxy Cleopatra in the Austin Powers Movie Goldmember?

  • Goldmember Premiere, 2002

    Dressed in a shimmering golden dress, Beyonce looked the picture of glamour at the premiere of Goldmember in 2002.

  • Armani, 2003

    In a revealing, colourful dress, Beyonce worked the Noughties' little bag trend to perfection.

  • Charlies Angels Premiere, 2003

    Beyonce displayed grown-up chic in a demure, chiffon, floral dress at yet another premiere in 2003.

  • MTV Movie Awards, 2003

    In a corseted, mustard-coloured Versace dress - with a thigh-high split, naturally - Beyonce took another fashion risk at the MTV Movie Awards in 2003. 

  • Performing at NBC, 2003

    In another matching ensemble - this time opting for monochrome polka dots, a thick pink bracelet and pulled-back hair - Queen Bey took to the stage for a performance in 2003. 

  • Golden Globes, 2003

    At the Golden Globes, Bey chose a corseted, princess-like gown to make a fashion splash, and accessorised with beautiful diamond jewellery. 

  • MTV Music Awards, 2003

    With futuristic earrings, loose waves and a low cut, shimmery dress, Bey opted for a casual but chic look. 

  • Grammys, 2004

    In another mustard gown, plenty of bling and a look-at-me hairstyle, Beyonce certainly made a statement at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

  • Beyonce & Jay Z, 2004

    In one of their first public appearances together, Beyonce and Jay Z seemed blissfully happy back in 2004 - and, if you look closely, it seems as if Jay tried to colour-coordinate with Bey's outfit. 

  • New York Fashion Week, 2004

    It's an outfit Beyonce probably wouldn't emulate in a hurry, but who's to argue with the fashion choices of one of the most successful icons on the planet?

  • Oscars, 2005

    In a truly elegant red carpet appearance, Beyonce looked graceful and chic in an Atelier Versace gown, a perfectly coiffed ponytail and dazzling diamond jewellery.

  • MTV Music Awards, 2006

    Bey went for all-out glamour at the 2006 MTV Music Awards in 2006 in this bejewelled creation, letting the dress do the talking with loose waves and minimal jewellery. 

  • 'Dreamgirls' premiere, New York, 2006

    For the New York premiere of Dreamgirls, powerhouse Beyonce's look was pure fairytale princess.

  • Golden Globes, 2007

    With a killer gold Elie Saab gown, all the right red carpet moves and Rapunzel hair, Bey stole the show at the 2007 Golden Globes. 

  • Oscars, 2007

    In an elegant, mint Armani Prive gown, Beyonce showed off her sartorial skill at the 2007 Academy Awards. 

  • Grammys, 2008

    Dressed in shimmering silver and ice blue, the award-winning artist showed you can't go wrong in Elie Saab.

  • The Oscars, 2009

    This figure-hugging dress by Beyonce's mum's label, House of Dereon, fits her like a glove. Her slicked-back hair gave the classic print an on-trend finish.

  • Madison Square Garden, 2009

    Gold is, as you may have guessed by this point, a signature shade for Queen Bey. This dazzling bodysuit from her Madison Square Garden concert in 2009 is one of her most iconic looks.

  • Grammys, 2010

    Playing with different textures and colours, Beyonce tried out a new look in nude Stephanie Rolland.

  • Fashion Week, 2011

    Beyonce sat front row at Rodarte's Spring Summer 2012 show in this leather and tulle confection with a tiered skirt.

  • Met Gala, 2011

    In a high-necked, fitted, fishtail Emilio Pucci gown, Beyonce made headlines at the 2011 Met Gala for all the right reasons.

  • MTV Music Awards, 2011

    Beyonce revealed that she was expecting Blue Ivy while wearing this stunning Lanvin creation, accessorised with a fashion-forward ponytail and the most jaw-dropping earrings money can buy.

  • Live At Roseland, 2011

    Beyonce showed off her burgeoning bump when she hit the red carpet in a form-fitting gown with gold accent panels at a screening of her 'Live At Roseland' performance.

  • Met Gala, 2012

    Not everyone would have been able to pull off this Givenchy sheer feathered creation, but Beyonce's no mere mortal; she quickly made headlines for yet another excellent red carpet look. 

  • Met Ball, 2013

    Beyonce turned heads in 2013 with her fierce take on the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' theme at the Met Gala, rocking a paisley, thigh-high slit gown with a sequin bodice by Givenchy, with matching gloves and boots.

  • With Blue Ivy, 2012

    Six months after giving birth to Blue Ivy, Beyonce was snapped looking chic and content in a cute heart print playsuit with her hair in braids.

  • Grammys, 2013

    With a monochrome Osman Yousefzada jumpsuit, a sleek ponytail and jaw-dropping jewels, the hitmaker pulled off yet another winning fashion look.

  • Inauguration Ceremony, 2013

    Looking every inch the power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z arrived arm-in-arm at President Obama's Inauguration Ball. Beyonce performed the National Anthem in a black jacquard column gown by Jason Wu.

  • Super Bowl XLVII, 2013

    Beyonce blew everyone away with her medley performance at the Superbowl in 2013, where Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage. Her cutaway leather body was an iconic costume choice.

  • Grammys, 2014

    With a wet-look bob, deep red lips and a revealing Michael Costello dress, Beyonce showed once again that she's not afraid to take a fashion risk. 

  • Met Gala, 2014

    In one of her most memorable red carpet appearances, Mrs Carter looked gothic and glamourous in a Givenchy creation as she stood beside her husband Jay Z at the Met Gala.

  • Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors game, 2014

    Whether Jay-Z and Beyonce are on the red carpet or centre court, they always make nail it in the fashion department. Taking a night off from parenting in 2014, they soaked in a basketball game in laid-back style.

  • 'On The Run Tour', Los Angeles, 2014

    Beyonce opted for a dramatic onstage ensemble while performing in Los Angeles in 2014. 

  • MTV Video Music Awards Show, Los Angeles, 2014

    Bey wowed the crowds once again in this glitzy Tom Ford bodysuit before being joined onstage by her husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

  • MTV Video Music Awards Show, 2014

    She endeared the crowd as she embraced her baby daughter who matched her in an adorable metallic outfit.

  • MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles, 2014

    In another showstopping outfit - this time a see-through pink creation by Zuhair Murad - Bey demonstrated why she's consistently the darling of the red carpet. 

  • Out and about, London, 2014

    With a new, shorter fringe, plum lipstick and an elegant polka dot ensemble, Bey proved that she's the master of reinvention. 

  • Topshop flagship store opening, New York, 2014

    In 2014, the legend showed the world you don't need designer dresses to make an impression, wowing onlookers in a short sequinned Topshop dress. 

  • Out and about, New York, 2014

    With bright red lips, a studded leather jacket and an all-important Slurpee, Bey showed she can work casual styles just as well as red carpet appearances. 

  • The Grammy Awards, Los Angeles 2015

    Beyonce turned heads in this striking Proenza Schouler, which featured a plunging necklace, and dramatic train. She accessorised with emerald jewels. 

  • Oscars, Vanity Fair After Party, Los Angeles, 2015

    While she's never shied away from a revealing outfit, in this elegant Stella McCartney gown, Beyonce showed she can pull off a demure look with ease. 

  • Met Gala, New York, 2015

    In one of her most revealing outfits ever, Queen B stole the show at the Met Gala in a bejewelled Givenchy dress that left very little to the imagination. 

  • Out and about, New York, 2015

    Clutching a camera, sporting a stylish hat-and-sunnies combination and dressed in head-to-toe black, Bey proved that she's got off-duty dressing down to a tee while out and about in New York in 2015.

  • TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC event, New York, 2015

    With a high pony, a low-cut Philipp Plein dress and a trusty thigh-high split, Beyonce made it clear that she's still got plenty of style ideas up her sleeve at an event in 2015.

  • Super Bowl, Santa Clara, 2016

    In the show that went around the world, Beyonce truly outdid herself with a powerful political performance, paying homage to the Black Panthers in her leather Dsquared2 ensemble.

  • Met Gala, New York, 2016

    Following the 2016 Met Gala theme - Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology - Beyonce wowed in a skintight latex dress by Givenchy. 

  • 'Formation: World Tour', Los Angeles, 2016

    Beyonce wouldn't be Beyonce without some fantastically eye-catching stage outfits, and this sheer, ruffled Balmain bodysuit was no exception.

  • CFDA Fashion Awards, New York, 2016

    At a fashion awards show in New York, Bey captured everybody's imaginations in a wide-brimmed hat and striped monochrome suit. Oh, and that's not even mentioning the diamond necklace - reportedly over 100 carats.

  • BET Awards Show, Los Angeles, 2016

    In another showstopping stage outfit, Beyonce sang her heart out in a Julien Macdonald bodysuit, complete with fishnet tights and one of her favourite style staples: fringing. 

  • Grammys, 2016

    Beyonce surprised everyone when she made a guest appearance at the 2016 Grammys to present the final award. She looked ethereal in this  semi-sheer gown with preppy button-down collar and two thigh-high slits.

  • MTV Video Music Awards, 2016

    At the 2016 VMAs, Beyonce's look was fierce: with her hair pulled back into a long braid, a dramatic face of make-up and a structured, feathered Francesco Scognamiglio creation, the legend showed she's always one step ahead of us when it comes to the next headline-grabbing outfit. 

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Deborah Cicurel

Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it.