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Madonna’s Half-Time in Givenchy was THE Superbowl of Costume

Lady Gaga who?

53 is the new forever.

Madonna shut the door as the Queen of Glam Pop in a Super Bowl halftime performance that included songs dating back to the Walkman days and right up to future present with the (like she needed it) help of Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, and LMFAO. (Update: Watch the video below)

SEE: Dressing room photos of the Gladiators

One smart cookie to not let anyone outshine her on stage with the exception of some very fabulous costumes, this time all designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Opening with a gold cape hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes and lined in leopard-print chiffon, accompanied by a Philip Treacy headpiece.

Madonna performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Backed by a herd of dancing buff gladiators, Madonna transformed into a black mini dress in silk cady, worn with a leopard print short cape in silk charmeuse hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes and a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with removable matching flaps.

The sketches for Madonna's costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci for the House of Givenchy

The sketches for Madonna's costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci for the House of Givenchy

Like a Prayer in  a black coat in silk cady hand-embroidered with shiny black rectangular sequins and micro pearls, and then 12 minutes later evaporated into a puff of smoke. But not for long as Madonna was back and very on top of her game. Superbowl never looked so fab.

In their words…

Designed as part of the spectacle, all costumes were changed on stage, from an all over hand-embroidered gold cape that served as the performance’s opener, to the unveiling of a black mini dress worn with its hand-studded belt and an embellished black coat that completed the three costumes set : Madonna’s legendary music met Riccardo Tisci’s codes in what seemed to be the most perfect way.

Channeling Riccardo Tisci’s work for Givenchy in the past years, the designs for Madonna’s Superbowl performance incorporate signature references such as bold leopard print, three-dimensional embellishments, graphic placements and evocative cuts.

Riccardo Tisci says…

“Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years ago, it is a great honor for me to be a part of yet another historical and iconic moment.  People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna. I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us Music, but also to make such a statement of Performance and Fashion.” 

Wearing Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Madonna performed a 12 minutes set including some of her greatest hits (“Vogue”, “Music”, “Express yourself”) and her brand new single (“Give me all your luvin’” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) for the first time.

Photos: Givenchy

Published on February 06, 2012

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