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Beyonce praised for her powerful style

Designer Julien Macdonald fell out of his chair when he saw Beyonce wearing his custom-made bodysuit for her 2016 BET Awards performance.

Julien Macdonald praises Beyonce for being "confident" and "liberating" with her style.

The Welsh designer has collaborated with the superstar singer on many occasions over the years, most recently a black fringed bodysuit with sheer patterns for her 2016 BET Awards performance in June (16).

Since they first met 10 years ago Julien has seen his client's fashion sense develop and evolve, but one thing has remained constant - the emotions she provokes.

"I think she’s always wanted to portray a strong, confident, glamorous woman but the way that she dresses is reflective of the music and what she’s writing," he told Grazia Daily. "It’s very much inspired by the Black Panther Movement - very strong, liberating and tough."

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was formed in 1966 and saw those involved practice militant-style self-protection of minority communities against the U.S. government.

Julien is always happy to create pieces for the 34-year-old star, even if he isn't sure whether she'll wear them as he loves the surprise he gets when she does rock a look of his.

"Sometimes I can make her things and never know what she’ll be wearing it for – like the BET awards, which was top secret," he smiled. "I thought it was for the tour, but then they kept asking me questions of how to treat it if it got wet. I was watching it on TV and I fell off my chair like 'Wow, she’s got it on!'"

It's lucky she did wear the intricate piece, as it took Julien and his team three weeks to make. There's around 30,000 black caviar Swarovski crystals covering it, with inspiration taken from African tattoos and body paint as requested by Beyonce herself.

Another gold bodysuit Julien made for the singer is a gold number which she wore in London for the European leg of her Formation Tour, which was covered in about 70,000 Swarovski crystals and 24 carat gold detailing.

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