Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson, has revealed her biggest design flub yet, her daughter’s wedding dress.
In a recent “Today” show interview, Lawson, who designed many of Destiny’s Child’s eye-catching ensembles, admitted that the Queen B wasn’t all that thrilled with her gown. “She was so sweet to let me do that. She came back later one day and she said, ‘You know, when my daughter gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress. Maybe she wasn’t so excited about it at the time, but she’s a sweetheart,” Lawson said of Bey letting her down gently.
That’s right. While the rest of the world clamored over any glimpse of the dress Bey wore on her big day, (as details were kept under wraps) she wasn’t feeling it.
Then, in 2011, a video for her track “I Was Here” dropped, giving fans a quick glance of the pop diva’s tiered and ruffled strapless gown. In the background, Lawson can be seen doing some last minute alterations as the bride-to-be beams at the camera.
Despite that, it appears Bey was a good sport. In fact, the singer recently credited her unique fashion sense to her mother and grandmother, after accepting the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon Award. “I feel so much love and I feel so proud right now,” Yonce said while accepting the award in a pinstriped, crystal-embellished Givenchy suit and a “Formation”-style wide-brim hat. “Thank you guys for this incredible honor.”
“As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life. It’s effect on me actually started before I was born,” she recalled. “Most of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money, they could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made the uniform for the students in exchange for my mother’s education,” she said.
“When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black country-curvy girls,” Beyoncé said. “And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.”
Beyoncé’s mother also designed her prom dress, her first CFDA dress and her first Grammy dress.