We'd heard it on the grapevine, but this lunchtime in Paris at the suitably kinky cabaret club The Crazy Horse, Jean Paul Gaultier confirmed it. He is 100% designing a costume or costumes for Madonna's – or should that be MDNA's? - forthcoming world tour! Excuse us while we pull a few moves from the Vogue video… OK. We've done that now. Feeling a bit calmer. But not so calm as to neutralise the excitement we feel at the thought that the best ever pop icon/fashion legend collaboration EVER is to be reprised for our viewing pleasure very soon.
For those of you who don't know, the first time the pair worked together on costumes in 1990 for Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour was THE defining moment of both of their careers to date, and remains totally inspirational to this day. Even if you think you don't know what their first collaboration looked like, when you see the pictures above you will probably be nodding at the familiarity if them. The high pony tail..the corsets..(and the pair worked together again on costumes for Madonna's 2006 Confessions tour).
We were not in Paris at The Crazy Horse to hear this news per se; in fact Jean Paul, who turns 60 in 12 days time, was launching the fact that he is the new Creative Director of Diet Coke with both a naughty cabaret show and the unveiling of some fabulous new limited edition Diet Coke bottles that had a very Madonna vibe to them. In fact, Gaultier could not resist talking further about Madonna, who he personally introduced to The Crazy Horse club all those years ago. "She loved the dancers here, it inspired her choreography," he said.
We expect to hear about further designer collaborations for this MDNA world tour very soon. It seems Her Madjesty is re-connecting with all of her most treasured designer friends. So Dolce Gabbana, do YOU have anything to share?
- Melanie Rickey, Contributing Editor, in Paris