Who was the main man behind the black leather bodice on goddess Beyoncé at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime performance? None other than one of our favorite fashion designers, Rubin Singer.
I interviewed Rubin back in December, and recognized his genius years ago as soon as I spotted his imaginative designs. I fell in love with his characteristic expert tailoring and opulent fabrics. Each of his couture pieces is as intricate and beguiling as a Fabergé egg.
Rubin’s vision for Beyoncé, however, was less Fabergé and more fiercely fabulous when he designed this leather bodysuit with a Chantilly lace micro-mini wrap skirt that fell just 13″ below the waist in the back.
The bodysuit, fashioned from engineered python and paneled iguana, in addition to trapunto leather (a pick-stitched technique of embroidery) is based on Rubin’s upcoming fall 2013 collection, titled “Valkyrie’s Dominion.”
“In Norse mythology,” Rubin explained, “a Valkyrie is a female figure who decides which soldiers die in battle and which live…A woman with power, focus and unbridled sexuality,” he said.
Additional inspiration came from the striking erotic images of the late photographer, Helmut Newton, like the photo above.
Beyoncé’s leather and lace ensemble involved an investment of five fittings, more than 200 hours of labor and a team of 14 to execute.
“My seamstresses were assembling all of the leather and exotic skins individually by hand. All of the pieces were separate details that were all constructed on her body,” Rubin said. “We had to make the body suit have a tremendous range of motion and flexibility. Beyoncé is such a fierce and intense performer we could not have the outfit constrict her in any way,” he added.
A standing ovation for you, Rubin…For you are our muse.