A Journey to the Pride Lands- Creativity and Excellence at the WACO Wearable Art Gala

Fashion & Style


The third annual Wearable Art Gala kicked off this June, and our favorite stars showed up in full force and fierceness. Created by Tina Knowles-Lawson, the Gala raises funds to support WACO, the actress and philanthropist’s Los Angeles based non-profit performing arts center. Creativity is encouraged, and with this year’s theme of “A Journey to the Pride Lands,” Afrocentric looks ruled the red carpet.

A nod to Knowles-Lawson’s daughter Beyonce’s starring role as Nala in Disney’s new Lion King remake, the theme lead to a lot of ‘fits inspired by our favorite stars of the Savanna. Most recognizably, Beyonce herself wore a gold sequined jumpsuit with a floor-length gold cape, and a lion’s face embroidered squarely in the middle of her chest- completed by a mane of feathers. The custom Georges Hobeika look was over-the top glam, and definitely fit the category of “wearable art,” channeling her inner Nala to a T.

Image courtesy of Beyonce via Instagram


Bey’s mini-me, Blue Ivy, also went all-out for the event in a billowing bold yellow gown. The pint-sized celeb gave a nod to traditional African art with her embroidered collar, trim and headband, and had a sun-goddess style golden headpiece. Memorably, last year Blue Ivy bid $19K during the event’s art auction, and this year placed an 11K bid for a diamond ring. She’s certainly supporting the arts at a young age!

               Other memorable looks included Tiffany Haddish, Michelle Williams and Chloe & Halle. Haddish, the evening’s Host, was in a head-to-toe ensemble of red and black feathers, featuring a wide-brimmed structured feather hat. Michelle Williams could have been the Scar to Bey’s Nala; the singer turned heads in an entirely black layered tulle gown, featuring a lengthy train, a leather corset, a lot of leg, and a hyper-chic braided-to-high-pony hairstyle. Chloe and Halle also embodied the duality of Simba and Scar- the sisters both wore high-necked sheer gowns with feather accents, however they wore contrasting color schemes of gold and black.

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Although the fashion on display was stunning, the real cause was arts education, and the event delivered— over $2 million dollars was raised for Where Art Can Occur.