Style Evolution: Madonna

Madonna, the one and only Queen of Pop, turns 61 today! Over the course of almost four decades, the pop culture sensation has established herself as a household name in more ways than one. Madonna’s ever-evolving style has been integral in the manifestation of her status as a music and fashion icon and she’s never been shy to reinvent herself. To celebrate her big day, we look back at some of the material girl’s best fashion moments starting with…

1. 1985

This look, here seen on set for the film Desperately Seeking Susan, has undoubtedly become Madonna’s most-recreated signature look. We fully owe that new-wave punk style complete with huge hair bows, fishnets and tutus to her.

2. 1990

The cone-shaped Jean-Paul Gaultier bustier that she rocked on her Blonde Ambition tour has become one of her most memorable looks to date and in 2012 was auctioned for £48,000 at Christies.

3. 1991

Channeling fellow icon, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna epitomises Hollywood glamour at the Oscars after party.

4. 2002

Even the most glamorous pop stars dress down sometimes. Pictured here leaving a theatre after starring in the play Up for Grabs, Madonna is spotted in a totally noughties  Adidas tracksuit top.

5. 2006

At the Vanity Fair Party in Los Angeles, Madonna showed off her girly-glam side in this ruched pink Versace satin dress.

6. 2013

The Met Gala 2013 theme was practically made for Madonna: Punk: Chaos to Couture. She paid tribute to her ’80s style in an embellished Givenchy plaid jacket paired with excessive jewellery and fish nets.

7. 2019

Complete with the already-iconic Madame X eye patch, Madonna’s avant-garde OTT look is still her go-to today. We’re now convinced that her fishnet-meets-leotard combo is immortal.