Material Girl

Way to make an entrance — 26-year-old Madonna Ciccone burst onto the pop scene in style at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

Material Girl

Writhing around on stage in a wedding dress accessorised with her now infamous ‘boy toy’ belt, Madge’s debut performance of Like a Virgin turned her into a household name overnight.

During her controversial Blonde Ambition tour in 1990, the singer famously got her hits out in this show-stopping cone bustier designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. And kicking off her MDNA tour in Tel Aviv in a pointy, recreation leather corset, 53-year-old Madonna proved she’s still ‘bust in show.’ Does anybody else have a craving for a Cornetto?

Don’t you just hate it when you end up sitting behind the woman with the huge headdress at the cinema? Madonna earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Eva Peron, in Evita, in 1996. However, the jury’s still out on the retro red-velvet ensemble she wore to the premiere in Los Angeles. The singer-turned-actress went all ‘method’ — donning Evita’s favourite designer label Dior.

In the early days, Madonna was known for accessorising with a crucifix. When she turned up to the VH1 Vogue fashion awards in a traditional sari in 1998, however, it signalled her growing interest in Eastern culture and religion. Two years later, she began following the ancient Jewish tradition, Kabbalah, and took the name Esther.

Wearing her heart on her sleeve, the singer stepped out in a white tux, emblazoned with the moniker ‘Mrs Ritchie’ on the back, for the premiere of then-husband Guy Ritchie’s movie Snatch in 2001. The newlyweds rocked the red carpet in LA in matching suits. Sadly, their marriage wasn’t as well-matched as their wardrobes — they split eight years later.

Madonna in normal clothes shocker! The singer dressed down for a reading of her children’s book The English Roses in New York in 2003. After baring all but her innards in coffee-table book Sex, in 1992, the sight of the singer covered up in a mumsy, tweed skirt suit was the most jolting of all. Still, you can take the girl out of the Erotica video, but you can’t take the erotica out of the girl — check out those knee-high, PVC-style, boots.

Forgotten something, Madge? With the pins of a woman half her age, the material girl memorably showed them off at the MTV Europe Music Awards, in Lisbon, in 2005. Madonna’s life-long love affair with skimpy one-pieces began in the late 1980s. Entering her ‘disco diva’ phase two decades on, the ‘mother of reinvention’ updated the look with a purple bomber jacket, matching FMBs and Farah Fawcett flick.

Eh ... what’s up, Doc? Madonna’s custom-made Louis Vuitton bunny ears must have been burning after the ‘Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2009. Dubbed “a cross between a medieval dominatrix and Bugs Bunny”, her bizarre Marc Jacobs get-up was widely considered one of the worst looks of the night. Imagine how many carrots you could buy with the $8,805 it cost.

‘You’re not going out in that!’ ... is probably what Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes, said to her mum before they left the house for an Oscar party last year. Chummy mummy Madonna — who has raided her daughter’s wardrobe — caused a stir in a sheer lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana. There was no need to ask, Who’s That Girl? — as ‘mini-me’ Lourdes, looked just as jaw-dropping in an AllSaints Aztec mini.

Cleopatra, comin’ atcha! In the Super Bowl half-time show, Madge thrilled 114m fans worldwide with a medley of her greatest hits earlier this year.

But it was her Givency haute couture creation by Riccardo Tisci, topped off by a Cleopatra crown, that got tongues wagging — and proved that while meat dresses and gold hotpants may come and go, MDNA will always be the Material Girl.

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