Behind the Scenes with Beyoncé

She may go by Sasha Fierce, but at our NYC photo shoot, Beyoncé Knowles was a Dreamgirl come true.

May 6, 2009 12:00 AM
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Gilles Bensimon
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DYNAMIC DUO Beyoncé lured Mugler (left) out of retirement (he quit couture in 2003) after seeing his work in the "Superheroes" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to outfitting B., the design icon serves as her creative adviser, weighing in on choreography, lighting, and sets.
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Alix B. Campbell
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BATTERY PACKED
Designer Thierry Mugler checks out his superhero-style costumes on Knowles.
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Gilles Bensimon
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SASHA WAY FIERCE Mugler says his costumes were inspired by the words feminine, free, warrior, and fierce.
beyonce knowles behind the scenes
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BACKUP
Thierry Mugler's team: assistant and Project Runway alum Chris March (right) and director of style Yves Pagan.
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Beyonce shows off one of the 58 over-the-top costumes Thierry Mugler designed for her world tour.
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FULL METAL JACKETS
Vintage Mugler stunners waited in the wings.
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THUNDERCATS, HO! Beyonce shows off one of the 58 over-the-top costumes Thierry Mugler designed for her world tour.
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MOTHER KNOWS BEST
Knowles's wardrobe adviser (and mom) Tina (second from left) surveys gowns pulled by MC's Jenny Capitain.
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LIGHT HER FIRE
Knowles requested citrus-scented candles on set.
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Jacket, Leggings, Shoes, Necklaces, Gucci. Tank, Calvin Klein.
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Dress, Gucci. Cuff, Robert Lee Morris. Ring, Tom Binns.
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Jacket, bodysuit, thigh-highs, and shoes, Thierry Mugler for Beyoncé; earrings, bracelet, ring, and anklet, Lawrence Vrba for Thierry Mugler.