During a mostly dull Grammy awards, Madonna provided a ray of high-fashion light. We have designer Riccardo Tisci and stylist B. Akerlund to thank. Tisci collaborated with Akerlund and Madonna on two custom Givenchy Haute Couture looks - a pastel and black corset dress for the red carpet and a crimson leotard, jacket, and cape for the stage - that brought something extra to the ceremony in a way only Madonna can.
'Madonna is a real life friend and working with her is always effortless, like collaborating with family,' Tisci explained. 'We created a Matador inspired set of Haute Couture pieces to match her theme of 'Living for Love.' I loved the idea of her as this Givenchy warrior in full Couture embroidery and color blocking.' Tisci’s creations took 50 people 2500 hours of hand-beading the couture tradition, according to Akerlund, but it was worth it. 'M is famous for knowing how to take a risk in multiple fields at the same time, and as usual, we all saw how it pays off,' Tisci said of the performance.
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Madonna being helped out of her boots during her costume change at the Grammys.