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Madonna

Perhaps the leading female music icon of the 80's and 90's, Madonna represented everything cool in this era and helped define the fashions of the times.

Madonna's music career started at the end of the 70's as drummer and singer in a band called the Breakfast Club. But it wasn't until 1983 that Madonna got her first top twenty hit with 'Holiday' a track that was written and produced by Jellybean. Since then Madonna has gone on to release 19 top 10 singles, eleven of which reached number 1.

Madonna is also an accomplished actress with major roles in Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Truth or Dare and Evita.

She's now practically an OAP, but Madonna is still causing a stir in the fashion world a whole 29 years after first bursting onto the music scene. Like A Virgin, her style is not. Inspiring to millions of girls and boys the world it certainly is. Concerning to a number of worried parents as they watch their daughter go out dressed a la Madonna... even more so,

The early Madonna fashions were a lot of fun, characterised by short skirts over leggings with fishnet fingerless gloves, rubber bracelets, bows in her bleached-blonde hair as well as headbands, long strings of beads and lace ribbons. We were all up for that. But as she moved into her ‘Like A Virgin’ phase, she went quite the opposite - no doubt with the aim of shocking - ditching her clothing, bit by bit, until she was left in her just her underwear along with some long lace gloves a few bracelets and a ‘Boy Toy’ belt. Crucifix necklaces became all the rage, at the same time as girls started wearing bustiers as tops. Quite the fashion pairing. Of course, the most eye-catching image we have of Madonna coincided with the release of her 1989 Like A Prayer album - in that pointed bra!

It wasn't just clothes Madonna had an affect on. Girls went to the salons in droves to recreate Madonna's “poodle” perm, and styled it in bows like she did to copy her look in the Borderline video and in “Desperately Seeking Susan.” A black tank top, skirt, dirty bleached blonde hair and an attitude to match.

But the beauty of Madonna's tastes in fashion is it's constantly evolving, and so experimental that women of all shapes and ages can delve in and out as they like. While the oversized crucifix wasn't for me, I most definitely had a pair of lace gloves.


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Do You Remember Madonna?

Do You Remember Madonna?

  • Jubblyjue
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    I loved Madonna in the 80s, well. idolised is more apt!!! I wore all the get up - lacy legging/ gloves, large mesh, luminous bow in my hair and of course the eye pencil dot above the lip for that 'fake mole' look
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember getting 'True Blue' on cassette from my Uncle in Christmas 1986,and since then. i've been a massive fan of Madonna. I'm so pleased she's still around giving us fantastic music! Madonna is truly 'the Queen of Pop'
  • Anonymous user
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    Lacks any musical flair or aptitude & is in it purely for the money IMHO. I hope Madonna stays healthy & well into old age but it'll mean more bland chewing-gum-to-the-ears between now and 2025 !
  • Anonymous user
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    She was good in the 80s. One of my friends and I each owned a few of her cassettes. We would often play her music and dance along to it.
  • Anonymous user
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    'Like a Prayer' has been the first Madonna track that I heard in the 7th standard and still remains a favorite
  • Anonymous user
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    I have loved her style and music for years. I remember being so chuffed when my uncle (who had sky tv) recorded me 2 videos full of madonna. They had a madonna weekend on MTV. Im surprised the tape didnt snap!
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember getting a call from Madonna! It was just after her first hit "Holiday" had started being played on the radio station I worked at, I-95 in Miami.Our station was the first radio station to play "Holiday" and Madonna and her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, called me, the station music director, to see how the song was doing.I told Madonna about the great record sales we were hearing about in Miami. Madonna was very professional and sounded pretty intelligent. She sounded like a New York business person. Holiday went on to be a smash. We tried to talk her into doing a concert in Miami, but she did not have an actual band to do a show with, during those very early days of her reign!
  • Anonymous user
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    what can i say ? I 've been a fan since i was 7 years old, just grew up with her being my icon ! She's made some mistakes in her time but she's been and still is a great source of inspiration for a lot of women out there. Queen of Pop !!!