Songstress Beyoncé has been dedicated to helping students who attend historically Black colleges and universities across the nation fund their education. After donating $100,000 to four HBCUs following her Coachella performance in April through her BeyGOOD initiative, she has now teamed up with fashion giant Olivier Rousteing and the brand Balmain to create a capsule collection that benefits the United Negro College Fund, Vogue reported.
The collection—which was launched on July 13—is dubbed Balmain x Beyoncé and includes three pieces that are inspired by the garments the singer wore during her powerful set at the California music festival four months ago, the news outlet writes. The concept for Beyoncé and her dancers’ wardrobe during her Coachella performance was derived from the marching band outfits worn at HBCUs. After seeing how empowered Bey and her squad felt in the clothes, Rousteing thought it would be a wonderful idea to make them accessible for her fans. The t-shirts are priced at $290 and the sweatshirts range from $550–$1,790. The proceeds from the collection will support UNCF.
“I worked really long with her on the Beychella moments, and the fact that we can release this collaboration that is based on our creativity, Beyoncé and I, is really a big, big step for fashion and music together,” Rousteing told Vogue. “The donation was the main goal of this collaboration. What I learned the whole time working with Beyoncé is that fashion is a really, really small world, and music is a really big global world, and when music and fashion meet each other, it becomes a strong world together.”
Beyoncé has continually used her platform and resources to help the youth further their education. According to CNN, in 2017 the singer launched a scholarship fund for young women to commemorate the one-year anniversary of her chart-topping album Lemonade.