The Museum launched travelling exhibition ‘Madonna Memorabilia’ yesterday. “It is the largest private collection of Madonna’s clothes in the world,” Newbridge spokeswoman Marie Brennan explained. “All the pieces are exceptional but the sweeping gown is the real showstopper.”
Madonna donned the iconic dress in the 1984 music video ‘Material Girl’, which was inspired by Hollywood film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
The dress, complete with white fur stole and costume jewellery, is estimated to be worth up to $30,000 (€22,000).
Madonna is known for reinventing herself and is considered something of a style chameleon. The exhibition, which runs until September 15, will feature pieces from different phases of her career.
The Versace hat and coat she wore in the video for ‘Music’ in 2000 will stand alongside the distressed denim jeans and vest top combo she favoured while plugging single ‘American Pie’.
The exhibition also features Madonna’s diary from 1988 which includes notes about an appearance on Late Night With Letterman, dates with her former husband Sean Penn and birthday reminders.
“All items go up for auction in November so it’s the last chance to see them,” said Ms Brennan ahead of Julien’s Auctions’ ‘Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll’ auction in the US.
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There are few people on earth who can reinvent themselves time and time again as masterfully as pop icon Madonna. The multifaceted entertainer celebrates her 56th birthday today, and has decades of transformative style under her belt to show for it. She pioneered the underwear-as-outerwear trend, causing a stir with risqué costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. And as the artistic side of Madonna evolved, so did her beauty regime—the frizzy eighties hair went out the door with prom dresses and fingerless lace gloves. In fact the nineties saw a sleeker Madonna emerge overall, starting with glamorous looks from Gucci by Tom Ford, right through to a penchant for traditional Indian saris, and, ultimately, Kabbalah colors. After crossing the pond for her then beau Guy Ritchie, her style went the route of Saville Row, with local borrowed-from-the-boys tweeds (and a transatlantic accent to boot.) She returned to her rebel-rousing roots for a brief moment at the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala, going pantless on the red carpet in Givenchy. And it seemed that a modern-day Marlene Dietrich was in her mind’s eye when she stepped out at the Grammy Awards in a Ralph Lauren suit later that year. Clearly this material girl isn’t about to slow down anytime soon.
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