The Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic 1990 VMA Outfit
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Marlene Stewart opened up about working with Madonna on some of her most iconic Video Music Awards looks. One of Madonna’s most well-known looks was at the 1990 VMA Awards. She wore a Marie Antoinette inspired gown for her performance of “Vogue.”
Marlene said, “Well, when I started working with her, I mean, it was really an easy match because it was like playing dress up. We had a great time. She’s really easy to work with because she really loves clothes. She knows her body. and that’s part of her look.”
Madonna’s costume designer explains her iconic look
She explained the “Vogue” costume. Marlene admitted, “We know historically that the French were the biggest posers and it’s the whole idea of voguing and posing. So it was the perfect transition. I suggested for this kind of French court situation with Marie Antoinette. It’s really one of the origins, right? All they did was, ‘Strike a pose.’”
Marlene worked with Madonna for about eight years and even designed costumes for her music videos including “Like a Prayer.” She said she loved working with Madonna on her music videos. She said, “MTV was made for Madonna and Madonna was made for MTV.” Do you agree?
Relive Madonna’s performance of “Vogue” in 1990 at the VMA Awards: