Beyoncé with her daughter, Blue Ivy, and husband, Jay-Z, attended the second annual Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles, where she was honored with a humanitarian award. The award was presented by her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, who hosted the gala. Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, was also an honoree.
Introducing the award, Michelle Obama checked in via a remote camera and in a short speech praising Beyoncé’s humanitarian efforts stated, “I love you and I am inspired by you.”
Speaking at the podium, Beyoncé said, “I think the real reason I feel weird to receive this award from my mother is because I feel like I should be giving her an award tonight. There’s no one that I respect and admire more, and there’s no greater teacher.”
Beyoncé wore a see-through gold dress with a dramatic train designed by Indian husband and wife design team Falguni and Shane Peacock. After her arrival, she changed into an embroidered “Sphinx” abaya by Jean-Louis Sabaji. Knowles Lawson also wore a gown by Sabaji featuring gold silk feathers.
Blue Ivy wore a gold tinsel dress by Annakiki, a look she topped off with a metallic gold wig by Divamp Couture.
The gala raises money for WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater and this year had a costume theme titled “From WACO to Wakanda,” a nod to the popularity of the film Black Panther.
As part of fundraising efforts, the gala included an art auction, hosted by Star Jones. Sitting in between her parents, Blue Ivy used a paddle to bid on two paintings and was successful in placing a $10,000 bid for a mixed media work of art by Samuel Levi Jones. Beyoncé registered a winning bid of $17,000 for a pair of Lorraine Schwartz panther earrings she had previously worn on the red carpet.
Check out video and images from the event below.
Beyonce wearing a gown by Falguni and Shane Peacock
Jean-Louis Sabaji “Phoenix” abaya
Michelle Obama weighs in…
Beyoncé acceptance speech
What a special moment from last night as #Beyonce shares a heartfelt thank you to her beautiful mother ( @MsTinaLawson ) who is our founder/creative director and an amazing #Humanitarian in her own right, our co-founder and an incredible artist/master teacher @MrRichardLawson and all of the #WacoTheaterCenter staff. We 💜 you, @Beyonce!
Tina Knowles Lawson with her husband, Richard Lawson, along with Sam and Latanya Jackson and Erwin Johnson and Cookie Johnson
Blue Ivy puts in her bid
Falguni and Shane Peacock gown sketch
Falguni Shane Peacock (@falgunishanepeacockindia) create a custom gown for Beyoncé (@beyonce) for the #WearableArtGala. “The metallic cutouts are placed strategically to mimic the shape of armor, as worn by the Nubian armies,” said Falguni Peacock. The designers worked closely with Beyoncé’s personal stylist Marni Senafonte to create the gilded look.