How to Make an '80s Madonna Costume

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How to Make an '80s Madonna Costume
Wear white lace to mimic Madonna's "Like A Virgin" look. (versprechen image by Susanne Güttler from

Create an '80s Madonna costume by shopping for '50s-style lingerie. Madonna turned vintage-style underwear into outer wear. She wore large bows and lots of jewellery to create her always feminine look. Visit vintage clothing shops and thrift stores to find costume pieces and accessories. Buy your bracelets at a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Have fun mixing and matching looks from several different music videos.

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Things you need

  • Temporary hair colour
  • Capri-length tights
  • Merry-widow-style brassiere
  • Crinoline
  • Long cotton scarf
  • Short boots
  • Jewellery

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  1. 1

    Colour the roots of your hair dark with temporary hair colour, if you have blond hair. Colour the ends of your hair blond, if you have dark hair. Spray-on colour will help your hair stick up at the roots.

  2. 2

    Put on a fluffy crinoline-style skirt with capri-length tights underneath. Copy the "Like a Virgin" look with a white skirt and a merry-widow-style brassier top, or the "Like a Virgin" look with a black bra topped with a loose, midriff-baring T-shirt and a short black skirt.

  3. 3

    Tease your hair and tie a long cotton scarf around your head like a headband. Cotton is best for making a big, fluffy bow on one side.

  4. 4

    Wear short boots with heels. Socks just peeking over the top of the boots add to the look.

  5. 5

    Wear long, dangly earrings and lots of necklaces and bracelets, including some black vacuum cleaner gaskets.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a camisole and skirt underneath sheer clothing.

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