Madonna reinvents herself yet again – this time into Egyptian Queen for Super Bowl (or is she a Roman gladiator) in Givenchy couture
At last night's Super Bowl, 53-year-old Madonna high-kicked and cartwheeled her way through a high octane performance.
But her physical and musical prowess were not the only things to get fans excited: Madge's costumes proved to be top talking points too. Given the furore Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction caused back in 2004, the notoriously risqu singer wisely kept it all well above board.
Her wardrobe was a stunning series of bespoke Givenchy Haute Couture creations by Riccardo Tisci, designed with a melange of themes that embraced both Roman gladiatorial style and the elegant excess of Egyptian queens.
Egyptian queen meets Roman gladiator: Madonna's Givenchy Couture look for the half-time performance at the American Superbowl
What that translated to was a set of architectural pieces heavy on gold embellishment, featuring statement flourishes lavish in detail, with plenty of sequins, leopard print, metalwork and evocative cuts channelling Tisci's work for Givenchy over the past few years.
There were three main designs: a gold, hand-embroidered full-length gown with headdress; black and gold miniskirt with hand-studded warrior-style belt, and the final design – a heavily embellished black coat with high collar.
The transition between costumes took place on stage, and was choreographed to form part of the spectacle. 'Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years
ago, it is a great honor for me to be a part of yet another historical
and iconic moment,' Riccardo Tisci said of the collaboration.
mini dress in silk cady, worn with leopard print short cape in silk
charmeuse hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs,
crystals, sequins and paillettes, worn with a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with removable matching flaps
say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna.
'I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to
go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us music, but also to make
such a statement of performance and fashion.'
All of the outfits were worn with hand-embroidered nappa leather gloves – an essential accessory, given that Madonna has rarely
gone without gloves in public over the past few years.
Her bespoke headpiece was designed by Philip Treacy; the jewellery was Bugari.
For her set, Madonna performed a greatest
hits selection of her classics, including Vogue, Music, Express
Yourself, and her new single, Give me all your Luvin, featuring Nicki
Minaj, who appeared on stage with the star.
Left, Madonna in the hand-embellished gold coat,
and right, wearing the final outfit, the black coat, embellished with
Left: Gold cape with all-over hand-embroidery, gold metal cut-out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes, lined in leopard-print chiffon. Right, black coat in silk cady, hand-embroidered with shiny black rectangular sequins and micro-pearls
THE QUEEN OF REINVENTION: MADONNA THROUGH THE DECADES2012: Demure and ladylike (off-stage at least)
On the circuit promoting Wallis Simpson biopic W.E or collecting her Golden Globe for best original song in a film, Madonna embraces her sophisticated side
2009: Showgirl chic
Bunny girl: Madonna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in 2009 545
2005: Indulging her retro side with Seventies styling
Flicked hair and 70s fashion for her 2005 Confessions on the Dancefloor album
2004: Classic Madonna in corset and fishnets
In her trademark corset and fishnets on stage in 2004
2003: Closing the generation gap
Kissing Britney on stage at the MTV Awards in 2003
1980s: Causing controversy with the church (and the genesis of the corset phase)
Madonna in the controversial 1989 video for Like A Prayer in which she seduced Jesus; right, in white lace gloves and corset – a look that she would make her own – at the MTV awards in 1984