EXCLUSIVE: The Scoop on Madonna's New Couture Costumes

07/06/2009 at 11:27 AM ET

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Madonna looks fiercer than ever on stage these days, and she has one man to thank for that On the opening night of the Material Girl’s Sticky & Sweet tour’s second leg July 4 in London, Madonna wowed fans with a new “super couture, sensual, Goth, bondage” costume that Givenchy Haute Couture’s Riccardo Tisci designed for her opening act. “What I wanted for the opening was to give a very iconic view of Madonna,” Tisci tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s wearing an outfit that will make history. I wanted to do something even stronger (than what he designed for her in the tour’s first leg) because she wants to be stronger.” Working with the Queen of Pop was easy, says Tisci. “I just met her six months ago and I’m completely in love with her,” he says. “She’s an artist but she let me express myself, which is rare. She knew what she liked from my collection and wanted me to translate that for her on stage.” He also designed a new dress for another part of her show. “She said she wanted to do colors,” he says. “I said why not? So we did fluorescent rosary necklaces (over a black dress.)” Tisci was also very impressed with Madonna’s ability to remain calm in the midst of so much activitity, rehearsing and putting her tour together. And yet, he says, “She was very calm and Zen. She is a Leo like me. For Leos to be calm and Zen takes time because we are very energetic. She was amazing.” And she’s not the only one rocking new costumes on the tour — Madonna’s male backup dancers looked newly sharp in Brooks Brothers Slim Fit ten-pleat wing collar and tennis collar white tuxedo shirts during the opening number of “Candyshop.”

And while Madonna may be strong, that doesn’t mean that she isn’t deeply feeling the death of friend Michael Jackson, paying homage to him midway through her Saturday night’s show at London’s O2 arena — where Jackson was scheduled to kick off his “This Is It” tour on July 13 — when one of her dancers burst onto the stage dressed in Jackson’s trademark fedora, sequined jacket, white t-shirt and white glove, boogeying to a medley of his megahits including “Wanna Be Starting Something.” “All right people!” Madonna said afterward. “Let’s give it up for one of the greatest artists the world has ever known: Michael Jackson! Long live the King!!!” And we say long live her Majesty. –K.C. Baker

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heather on

who cares about it. i dont it is a waste.

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Who cares about her anyway? She’s way past her prime and her behavior is getting more and more bizzare over time. Don’t you know Guy breathed a sigh of relief when he unloaded her.

Kat on

Well, sweeties, if I “didn’t care” about an artist I wouldn’t be taking the time to read a whole article about them. So, obviously you do care and are just envious (understandable) or are just losers with nothing else to do in your life and too much time on your hands, which is very believable. Either way, you FAIL.

Madonna is the Queen and there has been no artist since her that comes close to filling her shoes. Look at her successors: Spears is no artist, she does nothing on her own; what happened to Aguilera, she’s gone already; and everyone else is just a retread and rehash of everything Madonna already did many years ago. You’re going to do something very different to be able to match the Queen, because she’s already been so original and explored so much creatively that it’s almost all been done.

LBW on

Creepy looking. Dominatrix with a whip. She is one lucky woman. She took little talent and soft porn and parlayed it into a fortune.

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carlos on

She is soo jealous of Cyndi Laupers voice

madonna is a hag therefore she is HAGDONNA

Magaly on

Gorgeous. That first costume is so much better than last years and she looks a lot better as well. Long live the Queen!

Ken on

I forgot how pretty Madonna is. She’s always been stricking with the fierce blue eyes and blonde locks, but in the new pictures from the UK show, she’s really a beautiful lady. Apparently quite respectful too in memory of Michael Jackson. Regardless of the haters out there, she and Michael are one of a kind: Music royalty.

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