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MADONNA : A STYLE ICON

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The Queen of Pop has turned 60! Madonna's story is one of pure dreams and determination, and since the eighties, she has inspired men and women alike. We take a look back on her most iconic looks to re-cap how she's never been afraid to express herself and be a pioneer of individuality and a trailblazer of trends.

 

Madonna burst onto the scene in 1983 with her debut self-titled album. Her trademark look featured heavy, bright eye makeup, big bows in her hair, jewellery aplenty and brightly coloured Eighties leggings.

 

Madonna drew inspiration from one of her idols, Marilyn Monroe, for her Material Girl music video. The hot pink strapless dress and white feather boa have become iconic.

 

Madonna made bridal wear chic - and sexualised - in 1985, when she donned white lace, rosary beads and gloves for her Like A Virgin music video and performances; an outfit now considered to be one of her most iconic looks.

 

Madonna's disposition for big bows, lace gloves, red lipstick and a perm was elevated to the big screen in 1985, when she was cast in the film Desperately Seeking Susan with Rosanna Arquette.

 

During her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990, Madonna debuted what would become to be known as perhaps her most memorable look of all time: the cone bra leotard. Created by John Paul Gaultier, the belted corset became an 'underwear as outerwear' trendsetter.

 

The 1990 music video for Vogue launched enduring dance moves as well as a timeless look for Madonna. The singer wore a sheer lace black top, diamond cuff bracelets and returned to a short blonde perm for the renowned music video.

 

The Frozen Era is possibly one of our faves.  Madge embraced her dark-side and our inner Goth squealed with delight. That video and that song - flawless!

 

For her Ray of Light video in 1998, Madonna committed what has often been considered a cardinal sin in the fashion world: double denim. Did she pull it off, though? Of course she did.

 

Madonna teamed up with Jean Paul Gaultier again in 2000 to wear this striking red kimono at the Grammy awards. She teamed it with dark hair, red eyeshadow and red boots.

 

When Madonna returned to the music scene in 2005 with her Abba-sampling hit Hung Up, she also defaulted back to leotards, fishnets and boots. Along with a coloured leather jacket, oversized sunglasses and curled caramel hair (seen here at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards), this would become her signature look during the promotion of her tenth studio album: Confessions On A Dancefloor.

 

 


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