Centurions' helmets and cheerleaders' leotards: Behind-the-scenes look at Madonna's Super Bowl dressing room
Madonna well and truly stole the show at last night's XLVI Super Bowl – the Giants' Eli Manning may be the man of the match but the queen of pop made the evening her own.
Now, behind-the-scenes photos show the levels of organisation that went into the moments-long performance of Vogue, Like a Prayer and Music as well as new song, Give Me All Your Luvin.
The 53-year-old's epic performance
did not appear from ancient Egyptian and Roman ages without an
extraordinary amount of regimented planning and mammoth levels of
Gladiator-style: A candid shot from behind-the-scenes at Madonna's Super Bowl show sees her scantily-clad Roman centurions flexing their muscles
Roman legions and an army of dancers materialised in figure-hugging, flesh-baring outfits, all meticulously made-to-fit and perfectly coordinated. From jug-carrying maidens to harp-proffering, gyrating hip-hop dancers, every look was contrived to the last detail.
In photos taken by Madonna's team and provided by her fashion label, Material Girl, outfits are seen, carefully name-tagged and hanging in dressing rooms at the Lucas Oil Stadium before the show.
Tony's helmet: Leopard-print detailing in check, one dancer's helmet sits ready to whip into action for the Material Girl's game-changing performance
A centurion's helmet, complete with faux leopard fur, sits on a stand, ready to transform a dancer by the name of Tony into a Roman guard, protecting pop royalty.
Lines of tiny red and white leotards, embellished with sparkling finishing, glitzy epaulettes and yards of tassels sit alongside a pair of white boots, ready to swing into action for the Give Me All Your Luvin segment.
Another rack sees four custom Adidas sweatsuits, the trademark three-striped logo transformed into a musical score complete with semi-quavers and crotchets.
Golden boys: The eye-catching breastplates, embellished shoulder pieces and strappy sandals for the support dancers and extras
Pom poms! Madonna's cheerleaders' outfits hang, waiting for their turn on the world stage, every detail from the sparkling finishes to the tassels immaculately planned
The name tags attached to the showy clothes reveal they are for dancers Adrien, Brahim, Lilou and Maxime – who accompanied the singer in the Music segment of the spectacle.
The section gave the pop queen a chance to dance alongside her boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat, who is less than half her age at 24-years-old.
Semi-quaver: One outfit sports Brahim's name-tag – Madonna's boyfriend danced alongside her during the Music segment on bleachers
Not to be upstaged by the wild and wonderful costumes of Nicki Minaj, MIA, LMFAO and Cee Lo Green, Madonna's Givenchy couture costumes, masterminded by Riccardo Tisci, saw three changes for the Material Girl.
A liquid-gold robe revealed a Roman-esque black silk mini dress, worn with a leopard print short cape.
Her black python belt was hand-studded and hand-embroidered and had removable matching flaps – on show until a final black cape shimmered in dark majesty.
In action: The Material Girl grooves with her 'cheerleader' backing dancers in their minimal red and white leotards, tassels swinging
The singer's stunning, geometric head-dress was made by Philip Treacy, while WWD reports that her diamond earrings were by Bulgari.
The salute to high fashion did not end
there – at one point, the stage transformed into a Vogue magazine cover, its iconic
banner cementing the runway acumen of the star-studded performance.
…THE SHOWMANSHIP CONTINUES: ENTER THE $1MILLION HEADPHONES
Audio bling: You know you're a rap star when you wear a $1million pair of diamond-encrusted headphones
Even the props on stage were a monument to over-the-top flashiness and showmanship.
LMFAO's Sky Blu may have had one of the most bombastic outfits on stage, but he dazzled in more ways than one.
The rapper and Party Rock star sported the world's first pair of $1million headphones.
Encrusted with an excess of 114 carats of diamonds, the bling audio hardware – worn firmly around the star's neck – were made by world-famous jewellers, Graff and high-end audio brand, Beats by Dr Dre.
The duo, in true trademark eccentricity, mismatched animal prints with diamante, Roman-style panelled belts, hi-top trainers, capes, heavy bejeweled glasses and voluminous hair for their few minutes on the world-famous stage.
Feel the beat: The $1million headphones are encrusted with a staggering 114 carats of diamonds