Feb 3, 2011

Madonna Costume Ideas 80s Style


It might seem like a distant memory, but when Madonna dropped onto the scene in 1983, her clothing had as much impact, if not more, than Lady Gaga's meat dress! Madonna brought dance music back to popular music, and she broke some barriers in the way she did it. Often adding elements not yet explored in the media: powerful women, interracial relationships, and sexual aggression.

The fashion of the 1980's was defined by her signature style: bangles (lots of them), religious jewelry, lace, gloves, high-heeled boots, ribbons, mesh, and layers that you just wouldn't think of mixing! The result: some amazing costumes for your next 80's party! Here are a few of the best Madonna 80's costumes out there:

BORDERLINE:
The Song:
Even though this was the fifth song to be released from Madonna's debut album, it was the first song to reach the Top 10. The song was the only one on the album to stray from the dance beat, and is her battle cry against male chauvinism.

The Video: 
This was early days for MTV and the music video played a huge part in her popular success. The video portrayed Madonna with a Latin boyfriend and was heavy on the use of power as symbolism, a theme that would come to define her. A taboo still existed on interracial relationships in the early 80's, and this became a "career-making moment" for Madonna, crossing lines and breaking barriers. The video flashes back and forth from black and white to colour, featuring Madonna dating two separate men: a Latin man and a Caucasian photographer.

The Fashion:
For the video, Madonna stacked her hair and wore various outfits including lace gloves, crop tops, tee shirts, sweaters, and high heeled boots with legwarmer socks. There are a few evening gowns mixed in - most notably, one designed by Jeremy Scott, which featured a white bodice, petticoat, and leotard.

The Costume:
Check out Costume Box for all the goodies to create your Borderline outfit. Essential items include: the Borderline white bodice, leggings, and tulle skirt; 'Boy Toy' belt; Wayfarer sunglasses in black; white pumps; and fingerless gloves. Add some jewelry: chains, crosses, bangles, and don't forget to tie up your hair with something lace!


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LUCKY STAR:

The Song:
This was the 4th single from Madonna's debut studio album of the same name. It was Madonna's first Top 5 song, and was written by Madonna herself as a dance track with heavy drum beats and guitar thrown in. It kicked off her reputation for upbeat dance tunes, something that had disappeared from the music scene for some time before her album came out.

The Video:
Music videos were still a new format for many artists, and a young Madonna embraced this format and made her own. The video featured a white back drop with Madonna and her dancers doing a routine in outfits synonymous with the 80's. But don't listen to me, check out the video on YouTube here. 

The Fashion:
Our friends at Wikipedia summed it up best: "Madonna wore an all-black outfit with leggings, ankle boots, and belly button, with her tangled hair tied in a floppy black ribbon. This was coupled with a shiny black miniskirt, an earring on her right ear, cut-off gloves and rubber bangles. Madonna's friend Erica Bell was credited with designing the outfit, although biographer Mary Cross noted that Madonna was after all wearing her day-to-day outfit."

The Costume:
The good people at Costume Box have a great Lucky Star Costume to use for the basis of your outfit. Make sure to tie up your hair, load up with bangles, and pull on the black boots and thick black socks. A bit of flouro will go a long way too - check out our Madonna makeup and hair blog for tips. 


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LIKE A VIRGIN:
The Song: 
The first single from Madonna's 1984 second album of the same name, Like a Virgin is filled with sexual innuendo, and is about the innocence of a new relationship. It became Madonna's first #1 hit, and along with Material Girl, is generally regarded as taking Madonna to 'icon' status.

The Video:
The Like A Virgin video features Madonna in two opposing scenes: scantily clad punk Madonna riding a gondola around Venice, and innocent bride to be Madonna walking through marble rooms. A lion and venetian masks are used to symbolize animal attraction and deceit, google it, their are entire websites dedicated to the plot of this video! Madonna dedicated the song to the Pope a couple years ago while performing live in Italy. Ouch!

The Fashion:
The video shows Madonna walking the streets of Venice in some serious 80's power suits, riding a gondola in her signature black tee-shirt dress, and wearing a wedding dress which figured highly into her live performances on tour. The hair was big, and messy: 80's Hair Help.

The Costume:
Madonna milked the images from this video to the bone in her concerts, and wedding bouquets, white dresses, and lots of lace and silver were often worn by the Queen of Pop when performing Like A Virgin. Check out Costume Box's Like A Virgin costume, as well as their selection of accessories and wigs to put your 80's Madonna outfit together. Also, some good tips for Like A Virgin inspired make-up tips.



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PAPA DON'T PREACH:
The Song:
A mix of pop and classical rhythms, the song was Madonna's 4th #1 song, released in 1986 from her third album. It deals with the issues of teen pregnancy and received both praise and condemnation for it's pro-life theme.

The Video:
A teenage New York Madonna tries to tell her father she's pregnant. The video sways between this unfolding drama and Madonna dancing in a dark studio wearing a black body suit and looking decidedly healthier.

The Fashion:
Madonna received a big image make-over for this video, cutting her hair short and revealing a fitter body. She also streamlined her wardrobe, simplified her make-up, and dropped the layers of jewelry. The fashion of the video is actually 50's inspired casual, think Audrey Hepburn or Shirley McLean. The scenes alternate between Madonna in tom-boy style outfits and dancing in a studio wearing a black body suit.

The Costume:
While the video for Papa Don't Preach moved away from her punk-glam look, Madonna continued to dress it up for her live performances, often donning the black body suit used in the video but layering it up as a homage to her former image. Costume Box has a great Papa Don't Preach costume perfect for this look. Be sure to throw some ribbons in your hair and complete the look with lace gloves and a few necklaces.

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