Beyoncé Looks To Unknown Designers for "4"

Beyoncé's making headlines for choosing unknown designers to style "4" album cover

Photo Courtesy of Sony

Photo Courtesy of Sony

Photo Courtesy of Sony

Forget her recently released fourth solo album or her highly praised Glastonbury performance, all people want to talk about nowadays is Beyoncé’s fashion choices. Instead of choosing big name designers or her own label, House of Deréon, to style the cover of her album “4,” Beyoncé surprised everyone by choosing up and coming, largely unknown designers.

The cover of the album has the diva wearing a fur stole by French designer, Alexandre Vauthier, whose label is just two years old. The gold “mini-dress” (which looked more like a shirt to us) that Beyonce wore for her Glastonbury performance was also designed by Vauthier. The New York Times notes that these pieces helped to draw a lot of important fashion critics and buyers to Vauthier’s fall-winter haute couture show this month. In the fold-out cover art Beyoncé also wears a yellow mini-dress by current FIT student Leah Rae and on the deluxe edition album cover she wears a purple dress by 27-year-old Maxime Simoens.

Beyoncé may be happy to share the spotlight with up-and-coming designers but she’s certainly doesn’t want to share it with her diva colleagues like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. She told Complex magazine: “I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne. I am very comfortable in the throne I’ve been building for the past 15 years.” – Regan Reid