Monday, May 31, 2010


Madonna born Madonna Louise Ciccone August 16, 1958 is an American recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Madonna moved to New York City in 1977, for a career in modern dance. During the 1980's Madonna released 4 multi platinum albums. These albums consisted of self titled 'Madonna' released in 1983, 'Like a virgin' 1984, 'True Blue' 1986 and 'Like a prayer' 1989.

In the beginning of the 80s, disco was an anathema to the mainstream pop, and Madonna had a huge role in popularizing dance music as mainstream music, utilizing her charisma, chutzpah and sex appeal. Her album artwork in the 80's has incorporated this, along with her iconic styles.

A style icon was born

The most popular style that comes to mind when people think 80's is Madonna. Her style was the most copied and sought after look. Madonna had many looks in the 80's and with her ability to perpetually re-style herself she certainly contributed to the longevity of her career. One was her most iconic looks from the 80s was the wavy hair with highlights. Girls went to the salons in droves to get the “poodle” looking perms so their hair was wavy too. They pulled it up in bows like she did to copy her look in the Borderline video and movie, “Desperately Seeking Susan.” A black tank top, skirt, dirty bleached blonde hair and an attitude.

Madonna may be one of the first pioneers of the messy chic look of the 80’s. She started the layered look, with shirts and coats and more shirts. A lace shirt was often worn over another shirt. Or a sweatshirt with an oversized neck or cut off sleeves was worn over a smaller shirt or bra. Her layers also included accessories. She wore multiple necklaces and bracelets, some with crosses and other iconography. She also favored pearls and beads. Her earrings were long and dangly, with crosses or religious symbols.

Desparately Seeking Susan lookEveryday Madonna clothing of the 80’s included a skirt worn over tight, short pants. Sometimes they were patterned, other times they were lacy. No matter, the girls in school copied them. Another of Madonna’s fashion incarnations towards the end of the 80’s (1989 with the release of the Like a Prayer album) was the super sexy vixen style. She wore pointed bustiers, bras and very little else in several videos. She made it a habit to be in shape, and she showed her body off! Madonna changed the fashion industry forever.


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