51 photos that show how Beyoncé's style has evolved through the years

Mick Hutson/Redferns / Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé performing in 2000 and 2018.
  • Over her decades-long career, Beyoncé has established herself as a style icon.
  • From performing with Destiny’s Child in matching denim to commanding the solo spotlight in bedazzled bodysuits and Givenchy gowns, Beyoncé has developed a strong sense of personal (and expensive) style.
  • Here are 51 photos that illustrate her dramatic fashion evolution.
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On top of being the most dominant force in pop music, Beyoncé is a style icon.

The “Lemonade” singer has developed a keen interest in fashion, introducing a line in 2005 with her mother and a junior line in 2009. Her most recent venture was her activewear line, Ivy Park.

She has consistently wowed with her Met Gala appearances and was given the fashion icon award at the 2016 CFDA Awards.

Here’s a complete timeline of Beyoncé’s fashion evolution, from her start in Destiny’s Child to solo domination.

The women of Destiny’s Child wore coordinating looks — white bottoms with bedazzled bra tops — at the Hip Hop Music Awards in 2000.

Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesDestiny’s Child on the red carpet on August 22, 2000.

The awards show was cut short by a brawl.

In 2001, they posed in sparkly blue outfits to match Hasbro’s new Destiny’s Child dolls.

Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesMichelle Williams, Beyoncé Knowles, and Kelly Rowland posing in the Hasbro showroom.

According to a local Houston news outlet, Hasbro began selling the dolls in September 2001 for $US12.99 each. They now go for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

Kelly, Beyoncé, and Michelle wore midriff-bearing Girl Scout uniforms to the 2001 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.

Rose Prouser/ReutersBey paired her outfit with a bucket hat.

Destiny’s Child won favourite singing group.

Beyoncé showed her support for the Lakers during a halftime show with Destiny’s Child in 2001.

Ezra O. Shaw/AllsportThe asymmetrical dress had cutouts at the waist.

They performed during Game Four of the 2001 NBA Finals – and were booed off the court.

The women of Destiny’s Child wore customised outfits by Levi’s at the 2001 VMAs.

KMazur/WireImageBeyoncé wore a fedora with a feather.

The group’s video for “Survivor” won best R&B video.

After the awards show, they went out for Beyoncé’s birthday. She wore a white tank top with a tiger.

RJ Capak/WireImageThey went to Club One 51 in New York City.

She turned 20 years old on September 4, 2001.

To perform her debut solo single in 2002, Beyoncé donned this sparkly gold ensemble.

Kevin Winter/ImageDirectShe performed on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on July 23, 2002.

She had recorded her debut solo single, “Work It Out,” for the 2002 film “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” She also starred as Foxxy Cleopatra in the comedy.

She wore a traditional, floral gown at the 2003 Golden Globes.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesShe paired it with a a simple necklace.

She starred in the 2003 film “The Fighting Temptations.”

In May 2003, she performed alongside Jewel in this frilly peach dress for the VH1 Divas Duets concert.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThey performed ‘Proud Mary.’

Jewel later said that before the performance, Beyoncé spent time teaching her how to dance.

At the 2003 BET Awards, Beyoncé performed in a purple-and-green outfit with cutouts.

Steve Grayson/WireImage for BET EntertainmentShe was joined by her then-boyfriend, Jay-Z, onstage.

It was the first time she had ever performed “Crazy in Love,” her first No. 1 single.

She donned a white suit jacket and pencil skirt to sing the National Anthem before Super Bowl in 2004.

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesShe wore her hair in a low ponytail.

The game was played at Reliant Stadium in Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, Texas.

Beyoncé wore this high-neck, golden gown to the 2004 Grammy Awards.

Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesHer outfit matched the golden gramophone trophies.

She won five Grammys that year, and it was the first time she was nominated as a solo artist.

She wore yellow again at the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesTwelve years later, the group would give her the Fashion Icon award.

The dress was designed by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles.

She attended the 2005 Oscars wearing a strapless black gown.

Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesShe added dangly diamond earrings.

She performed “Vois Sur Ton Chemin” with the American Boychoir during the awards show.

Beyoncé wore a sparkly bra and matching bottoms for a performance in 2006.

Scott Gries/Getty ImagesHer belly button ring was exposed.

She performed at Conde Nast Media Group’s third annual Fashion Rocks Concert.

She starred in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls” and wore this dress to the New York City premiere.

Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesThe blush-coloured gown had delicate accents.

She starred as Deena in the Oscar-winning film.

Bey wore a simple Armani Privé gown at her first-ever Met Gala appearance in 2008.

Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesThe strapless dress had scalloped detailing.

The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.”

She looked casual in a beanie, scarf, and denim shorts at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesShe posed courtside with Eva Longoria.

She paired the casual look with stiletto heels.

Beyoncé looked fabulous at the 2009 BET Awards in a sparkly Balmain minidress.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesShe walked the red carpet on June 28, 2009.

She won the award for best female R&B artist.

Who said no white after Labour Day? Bey rocked this dress in November 2010.

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesShe paired the white dress with black heels.

She hosted the launch event for the Lorraine Schwartz “2BHAPPY” jewellery collection.

She wore Emilio Pucci to the 2011 Met Gala.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images North AmericaThe dress featured a high neck and cheeky chest cutout.

The theme was “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.”

Bey showed off her baby bump in a bright orange dress at the 2011 VMAs.

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesIt featured a draped silhouette and one exposed shoulder.

Her video for “Run The World (Girls)” won the VMA for best choreography.

She wore a black gown with gold accents near the end of her first pregnancy.

Jemal Countess/Getty ImagesThe dress had a plunging neckline.

This was less than two months before giving birth to her first daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

She began her trend of wearing Givenchy Haute Couture gowns to the Met Gala in 2012.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe dress had a sheer bodice and purple feathered train.

The theme was “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.”

She looked fierce in leather and lace during her Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2013.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageShe was joined onstage by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

She performed a medley of her biggest hits, including “Crazy in Love,” “Halo,” “Baby Boy,” and “Love on Top.”

Bey wore a monochromatic jumpsuit to the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARASShe paired the black-and-white look with red lips.

Her song “Love on Top” won the award for best traditional R&B performance.

Beyoncé went with a black-and-gold gown with matching boots for the 2013 Met Gala.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe dress was Givenchy Haute Couture.

The 2013 Met Gala theme was “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”

Beyoncé stunned in floral lace at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesShe also rocked shorter hair.

She was nominated for best rap/sung collaboration with Jay-Z.

She looked like a vintage noir dream at the 2014 Met Gala.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe Givenchy dress had a plunging neckline and birdcage headpiece.

The theme was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

She rocked a bejeweled bodysuit onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTVThe performance outfit was custom Tom Ford.

After performing a medley of songs from her self-titled album, Beyoncé was awarded the prestigious Video Vanguard Award.

Bey looked ethereal during her performance at the 2015 Grammys.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARASShe even had a cape.

She won three awards that night: best R&B performance, best R&B song, and best surround sound album.

Beyoncé’s sheer dress, covered in strategically placed sparkles, wowed at the 2015 Met Gala.

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for VarietyThe sleek ponytail complimented the elaborate Givenchy gown.

The 2015 Met Gala theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

She rocked this high-neck, see-through, beaded dress for Tidal X in October 2015.

Brad Barket/Getty Images for TIDALShe wore her hair in a long braid.

Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Prince, Usher, and T.I. headlined the one-night Tidal event in Brooklyn.

Beyoncé’s body suit at the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show was inspired by Michael Jackson.

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesShe performed with Bruno Mars and Coldplay.

“When Michael Jackson performed at Super Bowl on January 31, 1993, he wore a jacket and harness. Beyoncé wanted to pay homage to Michael,” stylist Marni Senofonte told Essence. “She has always said he is her biggest music influence and Michael’s halftime performance marked a change in global interest for the halftime show.”

Not many can pull off a skin-tight latex dress, but she did just that during the 2016 Met Gala.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThis marked the fifth Met Gala in a row that Beyoncé wore a Givenchy gown.

The Met Gala’s theme that year was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.”

Bey rocked a striped pantsuit and wide-brimmed hat while accepting the CFDA’s 2016 fashion icon award.

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesCFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg presented her with the award on June 6, 2016.

“As long as I can remember, fashion has been a part of my life,”Beyoncé said in her acceptance speech. “It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression, and strength. It transcends style and is a time capsule of our greatest milestones.”

Beyoncé still takes fashion risks, like when she wore this angelic gown to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kevin Mazur/WireImageBeyoncé was up for 11 awards at the VMAs on August 28, 2016.

The sparkly, sea foam gown with feathered shoulders was designed by Francesco Scognamiglio.

Bey is huge fan of white gowns. She wore this dress to accept her VMA for video of the year in 2016.

Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTVShe’s also a fan of translucent fabric and puffed sleeves.

That same night, Beyoncé became the most decorated artist in VMA’s history.

She wore a polka dot pantsuit to perform at a political rally.

Duane Prokop/Getty ImagesThe couple headlined a Get Out The Vote concert on November 4, 2016.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z performed in Cleveland, Ohio to raise money for then-candidate Hilary Clinton.

She looked like an actual goddess during her performance at the 2017 Grammys.

Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARASShe was pregnant with twins at the time.

She performed a mash-up of her emotional songs “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.”

After her performance, she wore a sparkly red gown with a square neckline.

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe dress was designed by former Roberto Cavalli creative director Peter Dundas.

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” won best urban contemporary album, while “Formation” won best music video.

She was draped in airy fabric for her gorgeous birth announcement.

@beyonce/InstagramShe announced the birth of Sir and Rumi Carter on July 14, 2017.

There were hidden meanings behind the photo, too.

She rocked an asymmetrical green gown with purple fur to attend Tidal X in 2017.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIDALThe event took place on October 17, 2017.

Proceeds from the benefit concert were donated to people affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

She stunned in a velvet gown and large black hat at the 2018 Grammys.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASHer lips popped in purple.

Her large diamond earrings made a statement.

Beyoncé’s first outfit for her headlining Coachella set was inspired by Queen Nefertiti.

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesShe made history as the first black woman to headline the festival.

The look included a bejeweled cape, headpiece, cane, and bodysuit.

Her BAK hoodie and denim cutoffs became instantly iconic at Coachella 2018.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CoachellaShe paired it with shimmery boots.

Her outfits and performance celebrated the culture of historically black colleges.

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She wore a variety of flashy looks onstage for the 2018 “On the Run II” tour.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé performed on June 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

For one of the tour’s wardrobe changes, she rocked a futuristic look with head-to-toe holograph material.

Another look from the “On The Run II” tour was classic Beyoncé: an elaborately embellished, long-sleeve bodysuit with fishnet tights.

Larry Busacca/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood EntertainmentBeyoncé performed on August 2, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Beyoncé’s husband and collaborator also upped his style game for their joint tour.

“If you look at the evolution of [Jay-Z]’s style, it’s really indicative of the maturity of his music and the storytelling,” stylist June Ambrose told W magazine.

She wore an elaborate, fuchsia taffeta dress for a now-infamous performance at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran performed their duet ‘Perfect.’

Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran took the stage together at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, which honoured Nelson Mandela a century after he was born.

Instead of their performance, however, their wildly different outfits caught attention and sparked a debate about gender standards: While Beyoncé undeniably brought her A-game, Sheeran wore a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers.

She still looked high-fashion while sitting courtside at the NBA playoffs.

Jose Carlos Fajardo/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty ImagesBeyoncé supported her hometown Houston Rockets on May 10, 2019.

She wore a matching black-and-red set of moon-printed tights, a long-sleeved top, and gloves by emerging French designer Marine Serre.

Beyoncé wore a custom look from Alexander McQueen for the 2019 premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King.”

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesBeyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, wore a coordinating McQueen blazer.

“Covered in dégradé crystal and gilded embellishment, her Sarah Burton-designed tuxedo dress was a show-stopping take on movie star style,” Vogue’s Janelle Okwodu wrote.

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