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Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne’ Album Artwork

Preview the packaging Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci designed for the album’s physical release

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Tisci's instantly recognizable motifs – geometrical prints, surreal religious iconography – factor into Watch The Throne's heavily gilded, highly symmetrical compositional schemata, also adding a heightened sense of majesterial ritualism to the design experience.

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‘Watch The Throne’ Inside Artwork

Animal faces and "American obsessions" serve as a major motif, linking the album artwork to Tisci's design principles, which often explore various textures of cultural identity.

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‘Watch The Throne’ Album Packaging

Givenchy's rep notes that the "cover seems to be embroidered, while the inside artwork looks painted and printed," a duality that heavily references Tisci's Couture-directed decorative principles.

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‘Watch The Throne’ Inside Poster

Bold colors and angular lines were incorporated symbolically to convey the "masculinity of two of the most iconic rap figures of our time."