Madonna Striking a Pose in MDNA Tour Costumes
May 31, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
In support of MDNA, Madonna is launching her 8000th world tour with the help of longtime collaborators and some new kids on the block for a global trek of fashionable proportions.
Madge once again teamed up with Jean Paul Gaultier, who updated his iconic cone bra from 1990's Blond Ambition Tour for the 21st century with a more modest shirt and tie combo, black opera gloves and a skeleton corset. "Its all about masculine and feminine," Gaultier said. "Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.
Gaultier, reflecting on their long relationship, added, I love Madonna. She is the only woman I have asked to marry me. She refused, of course. But when she asked me to do a costume for her for this tour, I couldnt refuse.
The tour launches today in Tel Aviv where Jeremy Scott was putting in some last minute touches on costumes for the singer's 22 backup dancers. Dear old friends Dolce & Gabbana have outfitted Madonna's band and backup singers and, if you bought any of the exorbitantly-priced tickets, you can also expect to see pieces from Alexander Wang as well as shoes from Prada and Miu Miu.
Oh, and, FYI, those Prada pumps are being worn by her male backup dancers in the "Vogue" number. The old girl knows what I like to see.
One designer that didn't make the cut was Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, who designed three haute couture looks for her Super Bowl performance, due to scheduling conflicts.
Never one to miss out on a branding opportunity, Madge has also included pieces from her own Truth or Dare line, including bra and panties from her new intimates collection and heels from her new shoe collection, hitting stores this fall. She's also keeping it in the family with "multiple" on-stage appearances by daughter Lourdes and son Rocco in "supporting roles."
Get used to those roles, kids.
Overseeing it all is Madonna's costume designer and stylist, Arianne Phillips, recently nominated for an Oscar for her work on W.E. Phillips has worked on the Material Girl's last four tours and in the course of their fifteen-year partnership has learned to meet the challenges of the notoriously demanding superstar.
This show is epic and bigger than anything shes done before. There are many more costume changes. Were taking 700 shoes on the road. Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer...Shes always challenging herself and pushing herself constantly to learn new things and she pushes me further than I would myself. When youre on the world stage with her, you really have to bring your A game. [WWD]