Madonna's Oprah Outfit

10/27/2006 at 06:00 AM ET

While Madonna discussing her unexpected adoption controversy on Oprah, she wasn’t only winning over the audiences’ hearts and minds. She also scored some style points for her onscreen appearance. Demure with soft makeup and curls, Madonna carefully selected a deep blue, pheasant print silk jersey dress from cult British brand ISSA. In fact, an Issa spokesperson tells PEOPLE, “She felt this was the perfect dress for a new mother. She thought the color would look great on camera too.” It turns out that Madonna loves this colorful pheasant print so much she owns six different ISSA dresses with the exact same print (click here for this dress and similar styles to the one she wore, right). No wonder she is a fashion icon– even in the most difficult times, she rises (and dresses) to the occasion. — Monique Jessen

To read more about Madonna’s style on Off The Rack, click here.

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Erica on

I think the dress is very pretty. Modest but still sexy and sophisticated. I’m not sure why Madonna doesn’t touch up her roots as others have mentioned. She would look better with a nice chocolate brown color.

As for the David issue, I think Madonna is doing him a great service. His father said that if he stayed in Africa he would have died. Jane makes a good point about Madonna providing David’s father with the means to take care of David. But did David’s father ask for that? If he did and was desperate to keep his child, I highly doubt Madonna would force the issue and tear this man from his son! MAybe if he asked for help and wanted to keep David, I’m sure Madonna would have went along with that. But he most likely didn’t ask for that.

Jane also says “celebrities are part of the cause of horrific poverty”. That is a major statement. They don’t necessarily cause the poverty. But I highly agree that with all their money, if each person (lindsay lohan, paris hilton) contributed as much as let’s say Angelina Jolie who donates 10 percent of her salary, yes, there would be no poverty. But instead they buy Balenciaga bags.

Erica on

Oh, lol, the accent thing is funny. But when I was in college I started talking like the people around me also! It happens. The minute I stay too long somewhere, their accents rub off on me. It’s natural. No matter how old you are. But Madonna, even when she was younger, had a kind of weird accent I couldn’t place. Maybe she was trying to do the London thing even before she moved there!!

melanie on

Jane, night and cc all had very interesting points. I’m glad that this discussion on Madonna’s adoption is veering into a more diplomatic direction than.. say.. Sharon Osborne’s ridiculous comments. Good lord.

Erica on

What did Sharon Osbourne say?

Julia on

“That is why she couldn’t face Oprah directly in her eyes during questioning.” How could Madonna look Oprah in the eyes when she is actually in London being put on the show via satellite, doing the interview LOOKING INTO A CAMERA? And since Oprah is not sitting IN THAT CAMERA Madonna obviously has to look SOMEWHERE to see Oprah ON SCREEN talking to her. This much to all the comments about scripts and notes… It’s the technology, … !!!

I totally agree with cc who said that “unless you’ve lived abroad for some time it is hard to understand the influence the local accent has on your “native” accent.” Since Madonna is someone who has been living all over the place most her life, traveling around the world constantly, being able to communicate in at least one foreign languages, she is used to picking up accents and vocabulary.

I myself have travelled a lot around Europe and other parts of the world and being quite good with languages (as a European I speak three foreign languages) I find myself adapting to any accent in an instant no matter where I go… and I am a grown woman too !!! This goes out especially to the lady who thinks that it is im possible for a GROWN WOMAN (who has spoken with the American accent her WHOLE life) to suddenly pick up an accent.

If you’ve never lived in a different place than your own, you do not seem in the position to evaluate her accent…

Laura on

With regards to the whole “is Madonna reading notes” the answer is no. If you have ever seen any other Madonna interview when she needs to think of what to say next she either looks down or up. Its just what she does. She’s too good for a script!! I love the outfit, she looks amazing!! Go Madonna go!!!

Tara on

To answer the question why Madonna looked down, that was because she was trying to search for the right words. If you don’t always watch her on interviews, or you don’t always pay attention to what she was doing, that might look to what people thought–“reading from a script”. But hell, no! That’s a very common thing about her. Back to 1996, when she was on Oprah, she would pause for several seconds before she found the right word “recognition” to finish her sense, and she blinked meanwhile. Some thing happened in 2003 after the VMA notorious kiss, she had to look away and turn back to finish what she was thinking and saying. Tons of other proofs in her other interviews, they were all quite noticeable.

Regarding to the English accent, that was due to where she lived and who she lived with. Imagine a lady mostly lived in English with a British hubby for more than 6 years plus their dating, blah blah blah, how could one not adapt some slight accents? Sometimes, that accent underwent a slight change without noticing, especially when the person is surrounded by the British accent co-workers, family members and other people met under social circumstances. She may possibly picked that up just for fun, to see how pwople react with that. That’s what I thought.

On her dressing style, I thought it was absolutely appropriate for that special interview. She was actually much more considerate than she ever was. That is very worthy for applaud. Madonna always know what to wear under what condition! Like when she was meeting with the British Queen in London, she was very elegant and decent, instead of her normal edge-pushing look or casual look or diva outfit. Same happened in 1997 when she met Argentine president.

Tons of people had opinions on the adopting issue. I just don’t want to say any more. Madonna had highly convincing points in her interview on Time magazine. At least, we can’t deny that even IF she’s the worst mother in the whole world, she is way much better that death for the infant to encounter and face. Yes, it somehow shows that adopting kids from foreign countries has become a trend, but what’s the matter with that. As long as those kids are in help! Madonna thinks even IF she had the celeb privilege, that would actually to save the kid’s life. But she is still having troubles. Nevertheless, I hope if she can have more privilege, that would certainly one more less crying baby waiting hopelessly for the cure.

Melissa on

I’m sorry, but there’s a mistake in this article. Issa is not a British brand. It’s Brazilian.

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