BEYOND ICONIC, MADONNA’S STYLE HAS TRACED THE OUTLINE OF LONG-GONE ERAS TO REINVENT THE LOOKS THAT HAVE MADE HER A MASTER OF REVIVAL. SHE WORE CORSETS AND BUSTIERS WITH JAW DROPPING FAITH TO REINCARNATE VICTORIANA THROUGH THE NOBLESSE OF JEAN-PAUL GAUTHIER’S CONED CUPS.
Revival seeps through Fall/Winter 2015 runways under the dim lights of Neo-Victorian richly stained with every ounce of romanticism. Madonna’s laced up layers, black and gold brocades strung alongside crosses, gloves and silk covered cages that resonated to the pulse of a very specific decade.
This season’s looks from Alexander McQueen and Givenchy could be plucked from the archive of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” video. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen brings out the darker side of romance with elbow-length gloves, paper thin leather, crystal pleated bustier and distressed lace gowns. Like her prolific stage choreography, Madonna pulls the silk threads of her own creations to bear the thigh high boots that walked at Marc Jacobs and Altuzarra. No stranger to second skin, Madonna’s leather and lace have kept a high profile translucence that decadently laced ‘new romantic’ with the gothic cut bras at Alexander McQueen and sheer sheaths at Chanel. Tailoring always had a sharp spot in Madonna’s collection of looks like her full-bodied corset layered on top of a tailored pants - this is where Agent Provocateur and Saint Laurent crash in revved thrill. Clashing iconography brings Madonna and Givenchy at a standstill, Riccardo Tisci’s allure with gothic brought this season’s stitched crosses, leather corsets and peplum tailored jackets down to Madonna’s perfectly trimmed insignia “Like a Prayer.”