Madonna + Tisci = A Half-Time Made in Fashion Heaven

Madonna in Gold Cape

To say Madonna wowed the crowd at Super Bowl 2012 is an understatement.

With smoke, pyrotechnics, massive movable stages with tens of thousands of lights, five entire set changes, hundreds of extras–marching bands, dancers, singers–not to mention our girl NIcki Minaj–who could forget her sitting next to Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour last season at Carolina Herrera?– Wintour smiled–just a bit, at Minaj’s style-showing. Madonna also enlisted the talents of LMFAO, the wonderful Cee Lo Green, and of course M.I.A.

There was something for everyone. And the fans-even in the faraway seats, kept cheering.

But fashionistas also got a glimpse of the profundity of Riccardo Tisci’s designs since the Givenchy haute couture and ready-to-wear designer imbued Madonna’s costumes with three themes that are predominant in his work: the Goth-black on black influence, the spare elegance that have become his trademark, and elements of religious symbolism.

Tisci is a masterful three-dimensional visualist, crafting Madonna’s gold cape with hand-embroidered gold metal pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes-of course, lined in leopard print (another of the designers go-to favorites) and worn with a headpiece designed by Philip Treacy.

The short, black dress was paired with a hand-studded belt and the “Like a Prayer” black coat was in silk cady with pearls and black sequins.

The ending–as Madonna vanished in a cloud of smoke was too soon-12 minutes and 30 seconds too soon.

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