Madonna Revolutionizes Popular Fashion (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Many music fans and cultural critics were outraged when rock star Madonna, wearing visible black lacy brassieres and other undergarments, popularized the wearing of such items as outerwear.
Summary of Event
Even her use of a single name illustrates rock star Madonna’s irreverent reaction to the traditional. After recording her debut album Madonna in 1983, she came out with Like a Virgin in 1984, and a string of successful albums followed. Singles from her albums hit the top of the charts, contributing to worldwide sales of more than sixty million albums by 1990. Yet many of her songs, though popular, offended broad segments of the public. Detractors objected to her frank statements about such topics as virginity, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, and materialism as well as to her overall image of open sexuality, expressed both through her songs and through her choices of clothing.
The “material girl,” as Madonna referred to herself in one song, contributed significantly to the world of fashion through her choice of clothing to wear onstage during live performances and in her widely popular music videos. She chose clothing that was aggressively provocative, including brassieres and other undergarments worn in plain sight. In many ways, she updated the “blonde bombshell” image projected in the 1950’s by actress Marilyn Monroe, creating a 1980’s version of a...
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