Beyonce Knowles was in attendance along with her husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy at WACO Theater’s 2nd Annual Wearable Art Gala on March 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
The event was hosted by Lil Rel Howery and Beyoncé was presented with a Humanitarian award . Blue Ivy stole the show, bidding $19,000 on art during the event’s auction.
Featuring metallic cutouts and a gold train, the dress played into the evening’s theme of Waco to Wakanda, the fictional world in which “Black Panther” takes place. “We wanted to create an art statement, taking inspiration from the Nubian warrior queen [Amanishakheto],” said designers Falguni and Shane Peacock
. “We felt it was the perfect inspiration when designing for such a strong woman like Beyoncé.” The Indian duo previously worked with Bey on the long black gown seen in her “Formation” video. “The metallic cutouts are placed strategically to mimic the shape of armor, as worn by the Nubian armies,” the designers continued.
“The elaborate gold train was added to create a 3-D effect that emphasized royalty. Between the metallic cutouts to the gold dramatic train, we attained an artistic statement while respecting the Nubian inspiration.” “We worked closely with stylist Marni Senofonte, who told us that Beyoncé was in love with [the dress] as soon as she saw it,” added Falguni and Shane.
“This gown took us countless hours over a span of 10 days to create.” Beyoncé was honored with WACO Theater Center’s first Humanitarian Award at Saturday night’s gala. Her mother-in-law, Gloria Carter, was the inaugural recipient of the Everyday People Award.