Madonna Reveals MDNA Tour Costumes

Madonna MDNA Tour Costumes

Photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Stylist Arianne Phillips took inspiration from a 1940s drum majorette for this spirited look (left), Madonna will perform "Vogue" in Jean Paul Gaultier's corseted take on menswear (center) and this "Super Vixen" is an example of the show's use of weaponry (right).

Nothing like some new duds to get you into the groove.

Just ask Madonna, who is gearing up for her MDNA world tour—launching May 31 in Tel Aviv—with an eclectic new wardrobe courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, and more, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Overseen by award-winning stylist Arianne Phillips, the dramatic looks range from a Joan of Arc-inspired dress of metal mesh and Swarovski crystals; a red and white '40s-style drum majorette costume complete with baton and miniskirt; and Gaultier's sexy skeleton corset paired with a white blouse, pinstriped trousers, necktie, and opera-length gloves, which the singer will wear while performing "Vogue."

“We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset," says Gaultier, who also tweaked some of his archival pieces for the backup dancers. "But the corset is now like a cage. What I have done this time is a nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D, in patent leather on the outside with metallic leather on the inside. It’s all about masculine and feminine, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.”

“I love Madonna," the designer adds. "She is the only woman I have asked to marry me. She refused, of course. But when she asked me to do a costume for her for this tour, I couldn’t refuse.”

The same can't be said for Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, the creator of the costumes for Madonna's Super Bowl performance, who had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.

Not that the pop star needs any more clothes. Along with pieces from Scott—who has camped out in Tel Aviv to feverishly finish the costumes—and Wang, the 53-year-old will hit the stage in an Agent Provocateur bra (for "Like a Virgin"), heart-shaped panties and shoes from her own Truth or Dare line, and heels from longtime collaborators Prada and Miu Miu.

Dolce & Gabbana is outfitting the band and background vocalists in suits, while the 22 backup dancers will sport custom J Brand jeans and Fausto Puglisi bandolier vests and rams head masks along with high-heeled boots for the males courtesy of Prada.  

"They have been generous for so many years," Phillips says of Prada. "Her [Madonna's] relationship with them is really special. Everything is specially made and they made some incredible high-heeled boots for the boys."

Phillips also reveals that Madonna will change costumes seven or eight times, and is taking 700 shoes on the road with her. Think we can hitch a ride?

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