Madonna’s “Reinvention” tour kicks off Monday in Los Angeles, begging the question: How will she reinvent herself this time?
“Madonna goes back and revisits older songs and reinvents them, so we used that same philosophy and theme with her costumes,” stylist Arianne Phillips tells USA Today, also revealing that the main attraction, 45, will be making five major costume changes during the show. New York’s Daily News also reports that CBS will pay a record $10 million to broadcast the concert as a two-hour special later down the road.
Meanwhile, USA Today, while not privy to Madonna’s dressing room closet, did find out that the Material Mom will not sport any dresses onstage, while her T-shirts will be by Jean Paul Gaultier and her shoes by Miu Miu.
“She has to be able to move and have the freedom to sing because yes, Madonna does sing live,” says Phillips. “She plays guitar. And she dances really hard and the choreography is very difficult. … She definitely suffers for her beauty. She wears high heels through the whole show.”
Besides the heels, Madonna reportedly will also wear a baroque Christian Lacroix-designed champagne-colored opening ensemble (“a mix of historical period and contemporary modernism,” says Phillips); an “American Life”-inspired military rock ‘n’ roll outfit; a high-fashion Stella McCartney number; a Chanel carnival chorus girl look; and a final Phillips creation that the stylist calls “something that can be viewed as traditional but the way she wears it skews the way you see it.”
What may not be visible – but then again, very well might be – will be Madonna’s corsets, which “restrict breathing,” notes Phillips, “but we have to work it out so they look good and she can still sing.”