Working alongside trusty long-time costume and stage designer Arianne Phillips, Ms Ciccone has employed the crème de la crème of designers, including Moschino, Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu. Stunning show looks include matador costumes, a fiery flamenco ensemble, and an outfit reminiscent of a 1920s flapper topped off by flirty fringing that glittered with thousands of Swarovski crystals. In fact, since the Confessions tour in 2006, Phillips has used more than 5.3 million crystals to bring blistering sass and glamour to the Material Girl’s high-energy live performances.
For Rebel Heart alone, more than 2.5 million Swarovski crystals in 50 colors and 60 cuts were incorporated into the design concept, with over 1,200 man hours needed to apply them to clothing, shoes, hats, masks, gloves and guitar straps. As Phillips herself says: “There is no Madonna tour without Swarovski crystals. It’s a wonderful collaboration.”