Usually when one thinks of a wardrobe malfunction, nip slips and clumsy taxi exits resulting in exposed thongs (or exposed everything) come to mind. But last night at the Brit Awards, Madonna suffered a new kind of sartorial mishap -- involving a very long Giorgio Armani Privé matador cape and a well-intentioned backup dancer -- that resulted in a fairly terrifying-looking tumble off the stage.
To perform "Living for Love," her Madgesty made her grand entrance assisted by two shirtless, horned dancers holding the lengthy train of a hooded, red-lined silk cape encrusted with ruby and onyx Swarovski crystals (according to a press release from the brand). She then encountered some difficulty removing the dramatic layer to reveal the rest of her Armani Privé bullfighter-inspired outfit. (She visibly fumbled with the tie at the neck.) Then a backup dancer zealously attempted to whip off the cape -- that was still attached to Madonna -- which caused the legendary singer to fall backwards off the podium. Being a consummate professional (and spry from all those yoga classes), she recovered quickly -- popping right back up to successfully extricate herself from the cape and finish the performance.
But perhaps the impressive-yet-unwieldy cloak wasn't entirely to blame for cape-gate; sometimes these bungles come down to human error. The music icon later explained on Instagram that her "beautiful cape was tied too tight." Perhaps velcro next time, Mr. Armani?
UPDATE: Madonna went on "The Jonathan Ross Show" and, based on excerpts released Friday (the show will be broadcast Saturday), announced that she suffered whiplash from her fall. (Get well soon, Madge.) Meanwhile, Giorgio Armani wants to clarify that the situation was not his fault: “Madonna, as we know, is very difficult,” the designer told the Associated Press, via Page Six, after his Emporio Armani runway show Friday. “This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn’t able to open it with her hands. That’s all there is to it.”
Watch the video below to see the incident for yourself.