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Madonna Talks Jean Paul Gaultier, Her Tour Wardrobe, Lourdes and Dancing In Heels

16 April 2012
Madonna Talks Jean Paul Gaultier, Her Tour Wardrobe, Lourdes and Dancing In Heels
Madonna Talks Jean Paul Gaultier, Her Tour Wardrobe, Lourdes and Dancing In Heels

It was only last Thursday that Grazia Daily revealed Jean Paul Gaultier will be designing a costume for Madonna’s MDNA world tour. Can he top Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour with the corsets, the high pony tail and the gold pointy bras? If his fabulous new limited edition Diet Coke bottles are anything to go by, we're certainly in for a treat. And now, in an interview with WWD, Her Madjesty talks about her upcoming tour (starting in Tel Aviv on May 20, peeps!) and of course, the show’s couture costumes...

On her tour wardrobe…

‘I worship and adore [Jean Paul Gaultier]. He’s creating one of my costumes, and kind of godfathering the costumes for a section of my show, with all my dancers. I’m really happy he’s doing it, because he’s such a genius. And I’ll probably wear something that Riccardo [Tisci] from Givenchy makes. But the rest of it is going to be what my costume designer Arianne Phillips creates with me.’

On the tour preparation…

‘It’s crunch time for me getting my show ready, so after this I have to go back to the dungeon. I call it the dungeon, where we work. In a room with no light. It’s kind of our factory, but I have a lot of work to do.’

On her Superbowl performance...

'It's one of my most favorite and most treasured performing experiences, for sure. That was amazing. The dance that LMFAO does, the shuffle, was really hard to do in heels. I have to say, I would prefer to do the shuffle in sneakers. If you want to drop it like it’s hot, it’s good to wear flats, because then your booty gets really close to the floor, but then there are things you can do in heels that you can’t do in sneakers.'

On brand Madonna...

'I don’t take the job of creating anything — whether it’s fragrance, or beauty products, or clothes — lightly, and I need a lot of time to do stuff. I don’t like it when other people create for me.'

On her steamy Truth or Dare advert…

‘I don’t understand. It was perfectly innocent, I just touch my cleavage once or something. I think it’s dreamy and sensual, and I think it perfectly conveys the feeling I’m trying to evoke with the perfume. It’s a perfume for a woman.’

On wanting to learn to snowboard…

‘I learned to ski this year and that was the most thrilling experience, and my children got really good at snowboarding and I was really jealous of them, so that’s my next goal in life. I want to learn how to snowboard. I hope there are no paparazzi there to catch me falling on my ass every two seconds.’

On her new perfume venture….

‘I’ve been working off and on on various fragrances over the years, and [have been] approached by a lot of companies and have tried to create fragrances. They were always abandoned projects. I’ve always loved perfume; it’s always been a big part of my life. But every time I tried to create the scent I was looking for, it never reached the stage where I thought it was good enough or I was told that the ingredients would be impossible to re-create in a mass way. Then I’d say, ‘let’s try and do a synthetic version,’ and it never smelled as good as I wanted it to. And if I’m not going to wear it, I’m not going to sell it. So, I finally was able to create, with my partners [MG Icon and Coty], a fragrance that I could stand behind. We tested a lot of things over the past few years, and [Lourdes “Lola” Leon, her 15-year-old daughter] has told me what she likes. She is a very opinionated young lady, and she likes this perfume.’

On creating a cologne for men…

‘My daughter likes to wear men’s cologne — don’t ask me why! I love musk and amber and woody kind of fragrances on men. I love the smell of whiskey — we should make a men’s cologne that smells like whiskey. I can’t drink it, it’s too strong, but it smells amazing — a really good old whiskey.’

On what she's afraid of...

'Not being in control. Not knowing what lies ahead. And also, meeting people who are ignorant and prejudiced and judgmental.'

For more from this interview, hop on over to WWD.



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