Madonna has been a fashion icon since the late 70s / early 80s and even to this day (at the age of 57), this singer, songwriter, actress, entertainer and businesswoman refuses to be a wallflower. And that’s exactly why we love her style so much here at Style By Portobello. To us, she’s a true vintage icon, one whom has left her stamp on the world and one whom isn’t easily forgotten. Throughout her successful career, Madonna has been here to shock her audiences and the controversial lyrical content of her music was what first got her noticed; songs like ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and ‘Like A Virgin’ really helped to push boundaries in pop music and from daring lyrics to a wild stage presence, Madonna has always been one to stand out from the crowd. Unsurprisingly, her dress sense was no different. And here we take a look through some of our favourite looks throughout the decades. From beauty to fashion, here are some of the most iconic Madonna photos of all time…
The Famous Red Lip
At the 1984 MTV Awards, Madonna rocked up in a lingerie style bridal dress complete with a “Boy Toy” belt and she finished off her look with her famous red lipstick. She told reporters that she did the makeup herself and was also heard saying, “Red is the sexiest a mouth can ever look.” From then on, Madonna was rarely seen without it.
This is definitely one of Madonna’s most recognised looks of the 1980s and it features see-through fishnet, messy crimped hair, bright neons and bold jewellery. We love this disco look and nobody rocks it quite like Madge!
Underwear as Fashion
Madonna was undoubtedly one of the most influential people pioneering this controversial trend. In 1989, the singer performed on stage wearing a lacy corset with men’s baggy trousers for a sexy yet slightly androgynous appeal.
The Madonna Brow
Cara D may be the bushy browed queen of the catwalk but Madonna was sporting thick, bushy slugs way before anyone else back in the 80s. She embraced her natural assets and let her brows go wild and she completed her look with her infamous red lip and her tomboy hair.
Madonna was always known for her slightly boyish sense of style; from the oversized blazers and heavy leather to dungarees and hip hop style pants, her look was always sexy but androgynous at the same time. This is a still from her 1989 video ‘Express Yourself’, to which she explained: “The message of the song is that people should always say what it is they want. The time I learn how not to edit myself will be the time I consider myself a complete adult.”
Madonna began to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe in the early to mid 90s by cleaning up her look and oozing femininity. Gone was the fishnet and crimps and in came the luscious blond locks and soft brows. But despite her polished Vogue Cover, she was still looking as fierce as ever.
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