Madonna put an edgy spin on bridal wear for her “Like a Virgin” (1984) music video.
Throughout her career that spans multiple decades, Madonna cemented herself as the queen of pop in a series of iconic music videos, one of the earliest being her 1984 hit “Like a Virgin.”
At the beginning of the video for “Like a Virgin,” the songstress can be seen wandering throughout Venice in a look that would become her signature for the time — a cropped black tank top, mixed rosary beads, a “boy toy” belt buckle, and pops of neon — before donning the ubiquitous lace and tulle wedding dress.
Madonna would later spark controversy by wearing a version of the wedding dress at the very first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, before paying homage to her original performance in 2003 with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott, in which the two pop princesses wore similar bridal get-ups on stage with Madonna as their makeshift groom.
Madonna continued to prove she was a style icon in the music video for “Material Girl (1985).
From the same album, Madonna released a slew of hits back-to-back, the second being “Material Girl,” her ode to riches over romance.
In the video, she pays homage to another blonde icon, Marilyn Monroe, recreating her performance of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The singer’s pink satin gown and matching gloves, along with a handful of diamonds and a fur coat, helped make this one of Madonna’s most famous videos to date.
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