Madonna celebrated her 63 years with a birthday party in Puglia. An over the top party, celebrated inside a deconsecrated church, documented exclusively for Vogue by the photos of Ricardo Gomes.

«Madonna knows better than anyone how to bring the best people together, in a magical place like Puglia. It was a wonderful evening full of love, art and passion in a 6th century church! », The photographer confided to Vogue Italia.

For the celebrations of her 63 years of age, Madonna has chosen to bring the whole family and some close friends together for an intimate and suggestive birthday party in Puglia. The pop star started the night with a lingerie-inspired black lace look – a trademark in Madonna’s wardrobe – and then transformed into a fashionable mystical goddess, in a Burberry marine-printed bustier dress. The singer completed the second outfit with a spectacular “mask headdress” of worked metal and crystals, as well as an accumulation of chains and cross pendants on the décolleté – to stay in theme with the religious location chosen for the event.

Ricardo Gomes’s photos, exclusively for Vogue, portray the star in different moments of the evening, from the preparations for her look, to the blowing of the candles on an imposing cross-shaped cake. Together with her also all her children: Lourdes Leon, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere Ciccone, Rocco Ritchie and David Banda.

Photography: Ricardo Gomes
Styling: Rita Melssen
Hair: Andy Lecompte
Make up: Aaron Henrikson
Skin: Tarin Graham

View the full pictorial at VOGUE ITALIA