If anyone knows how to make a giant announcement via Instagram post, it’s Beyoncé. After revealing her pregnancy with a breathtaking shot of herself in lingerie and a veil, we knew the reveal of her Beybies, Rumi and Sir Carter, would be huge.
One month after the mini-celebrities were born, Beyoncé graced us with yet another very flowery photo to show off her twins—and this time she was wearing a stunning silk floral dress. As it turns out, the multicolored, ruffled ensemble was actually designed by Alejandro Gómez Palomo of the menswear line Palomo Spain.
That’s right, Queen Bey is wearing a menswear piece. According to Vogue, the singer actually intended to wear it before she was pregnant.
“It’s the only piece I’ve ever made like that,” Palomo said in the Vogue article. And after receiving some loaner samples, Beyoncé ordered the dress for herself. The designer and his team tailored it and sent it to her. Once news of her pregnancy hit, “We thought, OK, she won’t wear it, oh well,” Palomo said.
Fast forward to now, and she’s wearing it in one of the most Instagram-breaking photos of the year. “This is a really big surprise, obviously. I love the picture. It’s just really beautiful. It’s special,” Palomo told Vogue.
The piece is made of vintage silk organza that Palomo found in an old couture textile shop in Spain. “It is circa either the 1950s or the 1960s. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I am so in love with this fabric,'” he told Vogue.
“It had a midcentury quality, but we changed that. It’s exquisite…and I can never find it again, of course. It’s a gown, now, that almost has the shape of a big fur coat—sleeved and open,” he said.
The gown was originally created as part of the designer’s Spring 2017 collection and photographed on a male model. And it looks amazing on him too:
Palomo’s creations are designed to help dismantle gender norms: He believes there’s nothing wrong with a man’s wearing a dress if that’s what he wants to do. “For the community that I represent, the feedback is really important and meaningful…. I feel validated, in a way. It means a lot, I think,” he told Vogue.
We’re here for that message—and there’s no doubt the dress would look amazing no matter what lucky person it wound up on.