For the last 15 years, Arianne Phillips has been in charge of making sure Madonna looks like the queen that she is every time she steps on stage, but the MDNA world tour was a different animal!
The Oscar nominated stylist said of the 12 week preparation:
"There were an epic amount, a tsunami, of costumes. And we aren’t talking tennis shoes and sneakers—it’s costume and fashion."
A tsunami of clothes? That sounds like a dream!
In case you didn't have the privilege to see the concert in the flesh, the show was broken down into four acts, each requiring a different costume for both her Madgesty and the dancers.
"The costumes are part of the choreography, so we have a lot of quick changes, and people are literally changing clothes under the stage. Madonna changes full costumes about four times. But then, for instance, for the Vogue act, she comes out in the Gaultier corset and then she disrobes. So by the end of the act, when she sings Like a Virgin she is in a corset and a bra, and she has done different songs in different deconstructions of the outfit. So her costumes change for almost every song."
So why bring back the legendary conic bra? The stylist extraordinaire said:
"The great thing about her is that she is not nostalgic; she is not looking to redo something she has done in the past… That whole piece is about gender-bending, and you know, both Gaultier and Madonna are provocateurs. Gaultier is such an important person in our fashion history and culture, and the things he and Madonna have deserve to live on as part of her visual legacy."
Just hearing about all of this takes us back! But if you’re having difficulty visualizing it, just watch Madonna: The MDNA Tour!
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