Mix A Little Zana Bayne With Some Doc Martens And You Can Look Like One Of Beyonce’s Dancers Too
During the halftime Super Bowl show yesterday, something occured that almost never happens when King Bey takes the stage: Beyonce’s dancers were talked about more than her. Okay, maybe almost as much. The point is, fans were as much here for the beret-toting, afro-sporting, harness-doning ode to the Black Panther movement seen on Bey’s dance team as they were the singer herself telling us to get in formation. And thanks to stylist Marni Senofonte, we have the leg up on how you can recreate that powerful look (because we know you’re already planning your Halloween costume around it).
Senofonte, who created Beyonce and her dancers’ Super Bowl attire, spoke to Essence yesterday and spilled the tea on which designers were responsible for the looks. For the dancers, New York-based designer Zana Bayne created the custom leather harnesses and their boots were none other than Dr. Martens. Queen Bey, on the other hand, wore a jacket and harness designed by D Squared, a bodysuit by Ashton Michael, and Christian Louboutin shoes.
If you caught on to the fact that Beyonce appeared to be paying homage to another figure with her attire, you’re right. Senofonte told Essence:
“When Michael Jackson performed at SuperBowl on January 31, 1993, he wore a jacket and harness. Beyoncé wanted to pay homage to Michael. She has always said he is her biggest music influence and Michael’s halftime performance marked a change in global interest for the halftime show.”
As for the politically charged wardrobe of the dancers, Senofonte shared this:
“It was important to [Beyonce] to honor the beauty of strong Black women and celebrate the unity that fuels their power. One of the best examples of that is the image of the female Black Panther. The women of the Black Panther Party created a sisterhood and worked right alongside their men fighting police brutality and creating community social programs. That they started here in the Bay Area, where the SuperBowl is being held this year, was not lost on her. And they made a fashion statement with natural afros, black leather jackets and black pant suits. That image of women in leadership roles; believing they are a vital part of the struggle is undeniably provocative and served as reference and reality.”