The 1980s saw a young Madonna make her unmistakable mark on pop culture. Combining edgy femininity with an in-your-face sexuality, Madonna’s look of lace fingerless gloves, corsets, oversized hairbows teamed with mesh tops and cropped bolero-style jackets has become synonymous with 80s' fashion and youth culture.
Madonna’s fusion of innocence with sexuality was perfect for the 80s when the birth of MTV saw image becoming as important as the music. Fittingly, her first big style moment came when she performed 'Like a Virgin' at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, wearing a white bustier top and tulle skirt, crucifix, wedding veil and a chunky belt with ‘Boy Toy’ emblazoned across the buckle.
Layered jewellery was key to Madonna’s look in the 1980s; she wore stacks of rubber bracelets up her forearm and multiple beaded necklaces, contrasting them with long mismatching star or cross earrings. It wasn’t long before her eclectic look hit the mainstream as teenagers and 20-something women started to emulate her heavy eye makeup, distinctive beauty spot and wavy, messy hair with dark roots and highlights.
Dubbed the queen of reinvention, Madonna’s provocative style became more streamlined over the decade. In the later part of the 1980s she popularised the club trend of underwear worn as outerwear, peaking with the iconic Jean Paul Gautier conical bra designed for her 1990 Blond Ambition world tour.
Be inspired by Madonna’s iconic 80s look with these Material Girl styles.