From Alaïa to Gucci, to Rick Owens and Schiaparelli, Beyoncé takes on many guises as she rediscovers herself on the dancefloor

It’s been six years since Beyoncé dropped her last studio album, the generation-defining Lemonade, which demonstrated a masterful wielding of fashion and filmmaking to trace the heartbreak and catharsis of adultery. Having applied that same strategy to Black is King, the musician is back with the roof-raising RENAISSANCE, a disco-house celebration of the dancefloor. It’s a breakaway from the more political messaging she has leaned into over the past few years, full of anthems committed to personal power and unadulterated joy.

Rumoured to be releasing another film dedicated to the offering, the singer just unveiled a slew of images mapping the many moods and undulations that the record journeys through. With a little help from Alaïa, Gucci, Rick Owens, and Schiaparelli, Bey flaunts her fashion fluency, stepping into various protagonists, from steamy boudoirs, to the newsroom, to Studio 54. But she goes beyond all the blockbuster brands, too, with her team pilfering from the collections of emerging designers like Luis de Javier, Nusi Quero, Bethany Cordwell, and Melissa-Simon Hartman, aligning the musician with an up-and-coming generation of creatives.

Below, we decode some of the musician’s best looks so far, from alienoid bodystockings to monstrous 3D-printed corsets.