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" Grucifixes are sexy because there’s a naked man on them." -Madonna

Madonna was an icon of the 1980s and can serve as a fashion barometer for the eclectic cult spirit that bubbled just below the surface in this otherwise status-driven decade.
The cult method was to combine incongruous “found” elements in unexpected ways. It was about dressing up to play a role and when you grew bored with that role you moved right on the next one.
One of Madonna’s first looks was enshrined in the film Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). This look was based on New York flash/trash club style, where aggressive post-Punk met the girly, New Romantic sensibility.
One part lace, one part black leather, Madonna as Susan jangled along in armloads of fake jewelry, fishnets, fingerless gloves, blood red lips, messy “just rolled out of bed” hair, and a prominently displayed belly button – a hitherto passed over erogenous zone which Madonna showcased and claimed as her own. The Madonna/Susan look was an overnight sensation and legions of young girls rushed out and bought not only the albums but the clothing too. Madonna went to re-create.
Marilyn Monroe in her 1986 “Material Girl” video and her best friends were a king’s ransom in diamonds from Harry Winston. She then wrapped up the decade laced into Jean Paul Gaultier’s cybercorset in a cross dressing, fetish-fueled extravaganza of bedroom power dressing.
From the vintage point of view, the Gaultier incarnation will make for your shrewdest Madonna-inspiration buys. Gaultier will certainly be seen as one of the world’s most important post-war designers. Late 1970s and 1980s Gaultier has already found pride of place in museum collections and good pieces command good prices on the vintage scene today. Go for corsets and corset dresses and anything with his signature bullet or exaggerated cone bras. Look out for surrealist touches; earrings in the shape of tea infusers, belts made out of shower hoses or his “mille-patte” (millipede) spike-soled shoes. His cheeky cut-out clothes would be fun buys even if you’re not brave enough to wear them on the street, while many of his ethnic-inspired, kimono-style creations are currently undervalued and would make for good investments. Bear in mind that the 1988 “Junior Gaultier” and the 1994 “JPG” labels indicate a lower-priced diffusion piece that will never bring top money on the vintage scene.




7 thoughts on “" Grucifixes are sexy because there’s a naked man on them." -Madonna

  1. That’s an excellent quote from Madonna re: the crucifix!I loved her during the 80s and 90s I thought she was such an individual and was really unique.

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