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Meet the designer who made Beyoncé twinkle on tour

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6 months ago
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Beyoncé's Renaissance world tour was full of fashion moments, with her three-hour sets featuring numerous dazzling looks.

For her Atlanta show, that came in the form of a flowing neon green sari - a traditional South Asian outfit.

It was the work of Indian fashion designer Gaurav Gupta and took hundreds of hours to finesse.

"My purpose in life is for people to think differently," he tells BBC Asian Network.

Gaurav designed three looks for the Renaissance world tour. As well as the neon green sculpted sari he also made Beyoncé a gem-encrusted gown and a crystal body suit.

Both the sari and the gown came from his runway shows at Paris Fashion Week and took painstaking work to design and create.

Gaurav has previously said the sari took more than 200 hours to create, and he and his team spent more than 700 hours hand stitching 50,000 individual crystals, sequins and beads into the gown.

The crystal body suit was an original design for Beyoncé which took Gaurav and his team over 500 hours to make from start to finish.

Indian culture and saris were central to his looks for the Cuff It singer but when he returned to Delhi after fashion school, Gaurav didn't initially include saris in his collection.

"I relooked at the sari," he says.

"This is one of the most ancient costumes alive in the whole world… it's really cool. Not just from an Indian perspective but from a global perspective."

source: BBC