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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Beyoncé performs in Lebanese designer Ashi Studio's dress in South Africa 

The sculpted fuchsia gown has been worn by actress Deepika Padukone at Cannes

Beyoncé models custom-made couture by Ashi Studio
Beyoncé models custom-made couture by Ashi Studio

Beyoncé.

Famous enough to go by just one name, Queen Bey has a well-earned reputation for bringing her best fashion game when performing.

So when she and husband, rapper Jay Z, took to the stage as part of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela at 100 event in Johannesburg, South Africa, we all knew we would be in for some serious costumes changes. Jay Z donned purple suits by Calvin Klein, while Beyoncé worked her way through looks by Balmain, Mary Katrantzou and Versace. However, it was one look in particular that stole the show.

Beyoncé stepped on stage in a sculpted, shocking fuchsia couture gown by Beirut designer Ashi Studio, and despite having been previously worn by actress Deepika Padukone at Cannes in May, Beyoncé’s custom-made version was still spellbinding. A frothy creation of endless layers, carved into pink, billowy folds, it came with a large ruff that stood up up and around the singer's shoulders.

Deepika Padukone wore the same Ashi Studio dress to Cannes earlier this year
Deepika Padukone wore the same Ashi Studio dress to Cannes earlier this year

Cut high in the front and extended into a long train, the outfit was drama personified, and as Beyoncé carried on with her performance (itself impressive in what was probably a 10kg gown), she showed us why she is on top of the world.

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