After Beyoncé’s Nov. 15 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” while many fans swapped videos of a leotard-clad Justin Timberlake mugging as one of the singer’s backup dancers, a contingent of fashion-savvy viewers took to the blogosphere with one question: Who designed the curve-clinging dress Beyoncé wore as she belted out “If I Were A Boy?”
None of the usual suspects (Mugler, Versace, Léger), it turns out. A gray knit number with yellow piping and plunging neckline, the piece was designed by Brooke Martisse and plucked by Beyoncé’s stylist (on the evening before the performance, no less) from Martisse’s debut pre-fall collection, Martisse New York. “The dress was a sample that we had fitted on a tiny model,” the designer explains. “The fact that Beyoncé could pull it off, and the fact that it was returned to us in its original shape, was a testament that the fabric I use can perform.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"