Madonna's MDNA tour is well underway, with the pop icon touching down for 86 shows in modernized cone bras, custom couture bandage dresses, and her signature fishnet stockings. And it's all thanks to costume designer Arianne Phillips, who concocted the wardrobe as the latest project in their 15 year-collaboration, which has spanned album covers, West End plays, the Super Bowl, and designing for the Madonna-directed film W.E. "One of the greatest things about Madonna is that she's so prolific and I've worked with her in many different disciplines," Phillips told InStyle.com at the preview of Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, where her Oscar-nominated costumes from W.E. went on display. "Whether it's her attention to detail as a director in W.E. or her own work as a performer on a tour, there's no difference, it's the same process," added the designer, who worked for three months to prepare the MDNA looks. "It's the same attention to detail, and it's the same obsessive quality of fleshing it out until it gets to the right place." After kicking off the tour in May in Asia, Madonna headed to Europe, will return to North America in August, and finish up in South America in November. "She's amazing, she is a visionary and an icon," said Phillips. Agreed!
Madonna's MDNA Tour Costumes: The Cone Bra Returns
The New Cone BraLongtime Madonna collaborator Jean Paul Gaultier designed a space-age version of her iconic cone bra from her Blond Ambition tour. Paired with a white button down top and pinstripe bell bottoms, the new corset top boasts patent leather on the outside and metallic leather on the inside.
Suit for a LadySans the 3-D corset, we get a close-up look at the singer's deconstructed suit—complete with a crisp white top, a white tie, and inky shapewear, and wide-leg pants.
A Sports-Inspired LookThe pop star hopped on top of one of her backup dancers wearing a gold metal top and liquid leather pants, finished with referee arm stocking and polka-dotted high tops.
The Bond GirlLooking every bit the Bond girl, Madge suited up in a tight black top with leather arm bands and black skinny jeans, teamed with studded leather booties. She playfully let a leopard bra peek out from the top of her shirt.
Gimme an "M"!Inspired by the Super Bowl-themed music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'," Madonna worked a stadium-ready, ruby-striped marching band uniform and custom Miu Miu boots to perform her hit single.
Woman in BlackShe paired her all-leather look, a custom design by Hervé Léger by Max Azria, with knee-high boots and a mini fur bolero for a rocker-worthy guitar solo.
Made for MetallicsHer Madgesty chose a long metallic gown with two thigh-high slits, paired with one sparkly sleeve and a Hawaiian lei-like necklace, to serenade the crowd.