She may be getting well into her fifties but Madonna is still as hot as ever–especially when it comes to fashion. And her new MDNA tour, which kicks off today in Tel Aviv, promises to be her biggest fashion coup yet, thanks to designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang, and Jeremy Scott, who have all contributed one-of-a-kind costume pieces, WWD is reporting.
“It’s a real journey from the first act to the fourth, and the way she constructs her shows is like a theater piece,” said costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips, Madonna’s longtime collaborator, who oversaw the entire wardrobe design for the tour including backup singers, musicians and backup dancers.
For Madonna, the costumes will range from a 90s Blond Ambition-inspired Gaultier (the cone bra is back!), to a Joan of Arc-inspired chain mail getup made from Swarovski crystals. Some of Madonna’s “costumes” include what regular folk like us call “underwear”–obviously she’ll be wearing pieces from her new intimates line, Truth or Dare. It’s a special lady who can get up in front of thousands of people in just her panties and perform at any age–let alone 53–but then, Madonna is definitely special.
It truly sounds like an epic show. Phillips said it is “bigger than anything [Madonna's] done before.” By bigger she means seven or eight costume changes for Madonna and 700 pairs of shoes. Yes, 700.
Of course, Madonna being Madonna, these won’t be just any old shoes: Her own shoe line Truth or Dare will be featured, as well as custom-made kicks by Prada and Miu Miu. Madonna got several of the brands out of their comfort zones, especially Prada who created some high-heeled boots–for the male dancers–which will be worn during the Vogue set. Clearly, when Madonna asks you to do something, you do it!
The tour’s supporting cast is definitely getting the VIP wardrobe treatment as well: Dolce & Gabbana made suits for the band and background vocalists, Fausto Puglisi created bandolier vests and rams head masks (!!) for the backup dancers and J Brand even created custom-made jeans. Jeremy Scott created costumes for both the Material Girl herself, as well as her supporting dancers and singers. No word yet on what Madonna’s two children, Lourdes and Rocco, who are to make multiple appearances on stage, will wear–but we’re betting it will be spectacular.
There’s obviously a lot going on fashion-wise in the MDNA tour–however there is one thing missing: Riccardo Tisci, who designed Madonna’s amazing Super Bowl outfits, is noticeably absent from the roster of contributing designers, though Phillips assures WWD it was because of “scheduling conflicts.”
Click through to get a look at some of the costumes.