Monday, May 9, 2011

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To say 90’s Madonna was an inspiration would be an understatement. In my opinion, Ray of Light was her last GREAT style era. I remember Madonna being influenced by Memoirs of a Geisha (the book) during this era, and here we see her in Jean Paul Gaultier, donning a Hatsumomo inspired look for Nothing Really Matters. Because I love to bring things full circle, Madonna’s long time collaborator and stylist, Arianne Phillips, also designed the costumes for another 90’s favorite: The Crow.

13 comments:

  1. i loved her videos from that album. i still have all those tracks on my gym playlist - she was ahead of the curve too, to pick up on the whole disco/clubbing influence. nowadays though i wish she'd go back to putting some clothes on...

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  2. That belt, of course, is amazing! I must find an obi belt by autumn. . . .

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  3. I so agree ray of light is one of those albums I can listen from start to finish. and let's not forget how great her style was in 1998. her video for frozen was incredible, drowned world- was so ahead of its time, ray of light was also amazing, and nothing really matters was stellar as well. her geisha look was so chic...still to this day, I am copying this look:)

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  4. while i don't consider myself a true madonna fan, i do own ray of light and consider it to be fabulous. (okay, i did have madonna-inspired hair and some black lace items in the 80s during her early days. and over-the-top accessories.)

    i don't recall seeing the video for nothing really matters. how beautiful and mysterious is she in that red kimono? :)
    xo

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  5. That red obi belt! OMG! How perfect it is!? This and The Crow are my favorite of her videos - costumes were really amazing and hit all the aesthetic buttons for me.

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  6. memories....
    i loved the movie with her and rosanna arquette too and the egyptian jacket and earrings.

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  7. I think Madonna should have retired after that and just worn black, or something plain. She scares me these days.

    Haha, and yip, Yohji and the scary prostitutes! I've been reading books on Yohji and Rei from feminist historians, so their perspective has rather taken hold lately. And yes lots of designers talk about strong women, but then I think of Ann, and she talks about vulnerability (more so in her menswear, but still).

    When Rei began, the press attacked her dresses saying no woman would ever want to wear her clothes. She says that coming from a home where her mother left her father, meant that she had this vision of strong women, and she was always rebelling. She says she is still rebelling, that is Comme des Garçons (compare her always unpredictable shows to Yohji who has mellowed). She even calls the label, including Junya and Tao (whose line closed :( ), the Comme des Garçons 'Army'.

    The press absolutely trashed her (and some still do). But her dresses require confidence, because they are more about the dress than the body in a way. I think conceptual design always requires more confidence than something overtly sexy, because you are relying on an idea rather than a tangible reality. Anybody can react to a revealing dress, you know where you stand with it, you can anticipate it. But obfuscate the body, and create something thought-provoking, and you can never be sure what response you will elicit. It is down to you to complete the meaning. She does that even in the way she designs, where she will walk into the room and give her team a word or an idea, and they have to create something to fulfil it.

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  8. I really like the use of PVC/patent leather. Coincidentally, this look is still in heavy production among popular goth brands--particularly, the brand Lip Service (I think they've consistently produced a PVC kimono once every couple of years--and always some kind of Asian inspired PVC outfit every year). It's really interesting to consider how much the goth subculture has embraced traditional Asian styles. I think part of is Siouxsie and the Banshee's early influence, and the fact that a lot of cyberpunk lit is set in Asia.

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  9. I loved Madonna's style in this period (and also Memoirs of a Geisha which a re-read recently).

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  10. I love everything about her here !

    xxS

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  11. i think modonna hasnt come out with any betetr music since ray of light either... lover her kimono looks though..


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