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Stylist Arianne Phillips Dishes On Dressing Madonna!

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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.

Arianne explained:

"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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14 comments to “Stylist Arianne Phillips Dishes On Dressing Madonna!”

  1. mlington says – reply to this


    the most amazing tour … everybody was blowned away.. its incredible how madonna can surprises us all after so many years.. this woman is a genius… CANT WAIT FOR THE DVD COMES OUT IN AUGUST

  2. mlington says – reply to this



  3. 3

    where is a corset and cone bra gender bending? and why does gender need to be bent in the first place?

  4. mlington says – reply to this



  5. JC says – reply to this


    Re: The Eric
    That term "gender-bending" has been thrown around so loosely since the advent of Madonna, and she is hardly THE provocateur of any of that.

  6. 6

    Ugh…she's just too old for this shit. Looking like Baby Jane.

  7. mlington says – reply to this


    Re: Zagg35 – shut up…. too old? she slays the young ones… she has an incredible body. she does shows everynight without passing out since when an artist as age. still better than the others, still thrilling us more than the others

  8. SpecialAKA says – reply to this


    I see you're still on Madonna's payroll, Perez, and she's got her other paid employee, mlington, cheering for her as well.

  9. @v@ says – reply to this


    Sure, she's getting up there, but after you mature enough to get your head on straight, you don't choose which artist you see and give kudos on based on what they look like. It's music, not runway modelling. You go see who you know will put on a professional, all out show and give it their best and your money's worth. In that, she reigns with some of the best. Madonna will never short change you on your show if she can help it. It's what she does.

  10. guest says – reply to this


    GO HOME, MADONNA !!! With your small self and your small voice and your crappy, ugly dancing ! No matter how many blowjobs you gave, they don`t change the fact that what you can do is still crap and pretty small.

  11. guest says – reply to this


    Re: mlington – Yeah, everyone was surprised how bad it was !!! Pre - recorded songs that were recorded in on flow to make them sound somewhat live to which she lipsynched and stiff, crappy dancing. And even the pe - recorded singing was annoying noise. You must be deaf and blind, I hope you get better !!!!

  12. guest says – reply to this


    Re: JC – So true !!! Perez, you are making yourself utterly ridiculous these days !!! STOP THE PAYMENT YOU GET FROM MADONNA AND GET REAL !

  13. guest says – reply to this


    Re: mlington – SHE IS TOO OLD !!! And even when she was young she was crap! She`s NOT slaying anything or anyone with lipsynching and ugly, stiff dancing. FUUUUCK OOOFF, you miserable motherfucker.

  14. Chad Gilkison says – reply to this


    My friend is the receptionist at Madonna's dermatologist. If you want to stay young looking like Madonna use the original Anti-aging line, Anew, by Avon. Shop my Avon store and get free shipping!