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Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Bodysuit Is The Work Of A Brisbane Designer

2 August 2022 | 8:46 am | Brenton Harris

"It's unimaginable, but I'm just so happy that it happened the way it did, and I'm so excited that's how people are really noticing my work — through her"

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The black and white bodysuit worn by Beyoncé on the Renaissance album cover has been revealed to be the work of the Brisbane designer, Bethany Cordwell.

Beyoncé can be seen wearing Cordwell's black and white bodysuit and matching earrings, in one of the disco-influenced cover images issued with Renaissance. 

Cordwell explained to the ABC how the career-changing blessing by Beyoncé came to be. 

"They found my work through an Instagram account … [that] champions emerging designers and young designers who are trying to share their work on an international … scale, "But I didn't let myself believe it (that Beyoncé would wear her design) until I saw the photo. "I had held my breath for a couple of months, hoping that it would make the final cut and I'm so thankful that it did."

Cordwell shares that the bodysuit is made out of plastic and features 12,000 scales, that were hand cut from plastic document folders. 

"The black and white scales are actually cut-up document folders that were all individually cut and individually sewn onto a bodysuit I created in that hypnotic pattern." 

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Cordwell is understandably thrilled that the bodysuit design, which is part of her 202O collection Warped Observance is now being appreciated by QueenBey and members of the Beyhive all over the globe.

"To have this happen to me so young … it's incredibly exciting and unbelievable".

The local connection is a nice moment in what has proven to be a controversial rollout of Renaissance. Since its official release last Friday, the 28-time Grammy Award-winning artists' seventh studio album has sparked concerns from both fans and fellow musicians. 

Fans have been critical of Beyoncé using the line "Sp*zzin on that ass, sp*z on that ass", in the song Heated, expressing distaste at the use of the derogatory term. 

Meanwhile, Milkshake star Kelis criticised Beyoncé on social media for not approaching her about sampling the hit song on the track Energy. On an Instagram post, Kelis commented:

“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding. I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.” She later quipped, “it’s not a collab it’s theft.”