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Madonna’s Hail Mary


New York is triumphant, Gisele disappointed: The Giants walked away with a new Super Bowl ring last night. But for the legions of fashion fans tuning in last night, it was the halftime show that was the main event. Madonna delivered a rousing (if potentially lip-synched) performance that incorporated plenty of old hits, including “Vogue,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Like a Prayer,” along with her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” for a ten-minute-plus medley that ended with a full-on gospel choir. Along the way, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee-Lo Green all made appearances. (M.I.A. even managed to elude censors to give the finger to the live television audience.)

And the wardrobe? Courtesy of stylist and costume designer B. Akerlund, who worked with Madonna on videos including “Celebration,” “Jump,” and “4 Minutes,” they incorporated an Egyptian goddess’ store of gold headdresses and jewels and a dash of Versace-inspired Greece. Her three looks all came courtesy of Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Haute Couture: to begin, a gold cape hand-embroidered with gold metal, studs, crystals, and lined in leopard-print chiffon; in the middle sections, a black minidress in silk cady with leopard-print cape in silk charmeuse (also hand-embroidered) and hand-studded python belt with removable flaps (above); and to close, the long black coat in silk cady with hand-embroidered sequins and micro pearls. (Sketches of all three looks are below.) Philip Treacy created her gold metal hat for Givenchy, and the label also created her nappa leather gloves. In a statement, the designer said, “People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna.” (Twitter seems to concur: The site reports that her performance garnered an average 8,000 tweets per second for five straight minutes.) Madonna accessorized with 19.6 carats of white gold and diamond earrings by Bulgari and over-the-knee boots by Miu Miu. Her hair was styled by Andy Lecompte and makeup by Gina Brooke.

The rest of the evening’s fashion credits continue to roll in. Madonna’s “Music” backup dancers wore Jeremy Scott for Adidas; Nicki Minaj wore a headdress by Erickson Beamon.

Photo and Illustrations: Courtesy of Givenchy



  1. membernycny says:

    Sad old woman. What was she meant to be? A viking? Embarrassing.

  2. natanxxxo says:

    great performance and amazing wardrobe! go madonna!

  3. 9b0aa0bf4fca95e9cd866dd6638f9a15 says:

    Brilliant half-time show from a master show-woman!

  4. uhuh says:

    Madonna rocked it as always. and yeah, she is old but unbelievable radiant!…and yes, never slowed down!

  5. uhuh says:

    “sad old woman’?..really, she’s meant to entertain and she DID IT..worthy of a half time show…am so over, bitter people, haters, and ageists saying all these nastiness…she exudes masterful in her craft. these haters probly has luv handles as pretty as a box of jelly stuffed donuts and can not touch their toes. puhleeze. get over it. all these new pop stars COMBINED…and they won’t still be as convincing as Madonna.

  6. JETT88 says:

    LYNN BAN designed the hand pieces that M.I.A. showed off to the world!

  7. DannyBoy47 says:

    MADONNA continues to be an ICON. SHE ROKED THE SUPERBOWL and any commoner that is a hater is just that “a harter from a jaded generation”

  8. LESVINTAGE says:

    She was incredible!!!! The costumes were out of control! As always Riccardo was on point!

  9. andyfromrome says:

    don’t forget Fausto Puglisi… he designed the costumes with Tisci

  10. membernycny says:

    Old. Old. Old.
    Sad. Sad. Sad.

  11. BiancaNevermind says:

    boo Madonna, showing her crotch to young viewers, old songs, old woman, great game

  12. atalts says:

    The sketches look amazing, why doesn´t Madonna look amazing?

  13. nikiandromeda says:

    the draw looks so much better than the outfit in real life..

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