Sneak a Peek at Madonna's Sexy Summer Tour Costumes

05/31/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

Madonna Costumes MDNA TourCourtesy Women’s Wear Daily

There won’t be any golden capes or horned headpieces, but Madonna‘s MDNA tour costumes promise to be sexy, seductive — and sometimes, super small.

The Material Girl’s tour kicks off in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and for the occasion she’ll be wearing provocative looks from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Alexander Wang with shoes from Prada and Miu Miu. Dolce & Gabbana is dressing the band and background vocalists, Fausto Puglisi created vests and masks for backup dancers and J Brand designed custom-made jeans, WWD reports. Shoes and lingerie from Madonna’s new Truth or Dare collection (below) will be featured in the show, as well.

“It’s a real journey from the first act to the fourth, and the way she constructs her show is like a theater piece,” costume designer Arianne Phillips tells WWD. Phillips, who’s supervised costumes on Madonna’s past four tours, created a few looks for MDNA, including a cheeky majorette ensemble (left). “It’s inspired by a 1940s majorette and I was looking for something playful and fun,” she explains.

Madonna Tour Costume
Courtesy Iconix

Other highlights include a Gaultier original: a white shirt, black tie, opera-length black gloves and a leather corset (right), all of which reference the iconic bustier and pin-striped suit the designer made for Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour.

“When she asked me to do a costume for her for this tour, I couldn’t refuse,” Gaultier tells WWD. “We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset. But the corset is now like a cage. [It’s] a nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D. It’s all about masculine and feminine.”

It’s all about pushing boundaries, too; according to Phillips, “This show is epic and bigger than anything [Madonna’s] done before. There are many more costume changes. Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer.” And hopefully they have lots of suitcases; the footwear alone is enough to fill a small plane. According to Phillips, “We’re taking 700 shoes on the road.” Are you planning to catch the MDNA tour?


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DjaksMom on

I don’t care how many facelifts she gets or how plastic her face begins to look, her body is amazing for a woman her age and that is from hard work & taking good care of yourself. There’s no bodylift that does that-have to respect her so much for that.

Kris on

Yeah, I love the people that knock Madonna-none of us know ANY 53 (or older) woman that is in the type of shape she is, except Christie Brinkley. These women work hard at their physique and are disciplined. Yes she has likely had some work done but you can’t argue that she rocks for being 53. Give her some credit. And has anyone heard any reviews on her MDNA tour?

Amber on

Enough with the short skirts and knee socks already. Your in your 50’s. I don’t care what shape your body is in, It looks ridiculous for a woman of that age to be dressing like a school girl!

Nick on

Nobody wants to see Grandma Madge anymore.

Jon on

Whatever, and no, I don’t plan on catching Madge’s MDNA Tour!

Rolyat on

People can knock Madge all they want. She still sells out arena’s. And her body is ripped for a 53 years old. Why is it everytime a woman looks good, another woman automatically goes right to the plastic surgery subject ? Not every woman spends her days at the Entenmann’s outlet. And like Kris said, above, Christie Brinkley’s body is ripped also for 58.

R on

I don’t understand how women are so mean to the best representative and fighter of their cause for many years.
Being successful at her age is her curse.
I see great male artist like Bruce Springsteen wearing the same jeans he used in the 90, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Steven Taylor and many more…. all men in their 60’s looking good but nobody say a word about their age.
Why is just with the top selling female artist in the world? Envy ?

paquita on

yawn. have kylie minogue instead.

Appletini on

Her face is insane!! Every tour she comes out looking more and more like the cat lady. Why not age gracefully Madge?

veggie mama on

We’re all more than our bodies, dear sisters. We are minds and hearts, souls. We are creative, we are loving. We are amazing as we are. I feel sorry for someone so famous whose main focus is still sex-appeal. What service do you do for others with your millions?? I’ve got nothing against Madonna. There is a place for material girls for sure. Just like to see women who lead with their hearts and souls, their minds and brilliance. There is more than ever meets the eye!

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