By VICTORIA WELLMAN
Queen of reinvention: Madonna performs Vogue on stage during her MDNA tour debut at Ramat Gan Stadium in Israel, wearing a recreation of the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier bustier
Kicking off her much anticipated MDNA tour, Madonna stepped onto stage tonight in Tel Aviv to sing Vogue wearing a recreation of her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier conical corset. Worn by the pop queen in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition tour, the racy design cemented her reputation as the edgiest diva in pop and took Gaultier's career to new heights.
This time around the eccentric French designer transformed the look by emphasizing the rigidity of the corset even further and playing with the contrast of masculinity and femininity. The star, now 53, who is best known for her ability to reinvent herself, sported the famous soft pink cone-cupped bustier over pinstripe suit trousers for her performance of Vogue during the controversial 1990 tour.
Tonight's ensemble brought together a white shirt, long, black opera gloves and a skeletal-shaped corset over a similar trouser suit.
Material Girl: Madonna sporting the Gaultier bustier on stage in 1990 during a performance of Vogue in her Blonde Ambition tour
The eccentric designer told WWD about the recreation: 'We played with the ideas of a suit and a corset. But the corset is now like a cage.
'What I have done this time is a nod to the conical bra corset of the Blond Ambition tour but reinterpreted in 3-D, in patent leather on the outside with metallic leather on the inside.
It's all about masculine and feminine, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier classics reinterpreted for 2012.'
Mr Gaultier also lent his talent to the creation of costumes for Madonna's 22 dancers', working closely with the star's main stylist and costumier Arianne Phillips.
Ms Phillips, who has overseen wardrobe design for the singer's last four tours and won an Oscar nod for her costumes in the film W.E., spoke excitedly about the vision for this latest show.
'It's a real journey from the first act to the fourth, and the way she constructs her shows is like a theater piece,' she said of the four part 'epic' spectacle.
Madonna, along with her backing vocalists, dancers, band members and even children Lourdes and Rocco, who appear various times throughout the show, also sported outfits and pieces by Jeremy Scott, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang and J Brand.
Time travel: The original 1990 bustier designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour (left) and the sketch for his reivention 22 years later as worn by the star tonight
Ms Phillips is also responsible for many of the original creations such as a Joan of Arc ensemble that featured a metal mesh tunic, Swarovski Elements and a sword.
Of the 1940's majorette costume she dreamed up for Madonna' Girls Gone Wild number, she said: 'I was looking for something playful and fun.'
In a shift towards a moodier atmosphere, guns and other dangerous weaponry were brandished by both the star and her back up troupe while menacing masks designed by Fausto Puglisi disguised the faces of the leaping, dancing bodies.
Explained Ms Phillips: 'The show explores the idea of stripping away layers of identity and discovering the layers of who you are.'
Crediting her famous boss with the direction they took she added: 'This is her brainchild and her concept. We have a 15-year relationship and there’s a rhythm to how we collaborate. She’s very open-minded but she expects a lot.
Pom pom girl: Madonna sings Girl Gone Wild in a 1940's majorette costume designed by stylist Arianne Phillips
She's always challenging herself and pushing herself constantly to learn new things and she pushes me further than I would myself. When you’re on the world stage with her, you really have to bring your A game.'
Never one for shyness of course, Madonna's own designs also featured in the costume line-up that saw her changing eight to nine times while her dancers race to switch outfits over ten times.
Pieces from her Truth or Dare intimates collection as well as lingerie from Agent Provocateur were debuted and the team's 700 strong shoe collection included her own designs next to those of Prada and Miu Miu.
Foxy: The racy singer goes for the Bond look in a tight fitting jump suit and revealing decolletage
Referring to the towering Prada heels to be sported by the singer's male dancers during Vogue, Ms Phillips explained: '[Prada] have been generous for so many years. Her relationship with them is really special.'
For his part, Jean Paul Gaultier was equally willing. He told WWD: 'I love Madonna. She is the only woman I have asked to marry me. She refused, of course. But when she asked me to do a costume for her for this tour, I couldn't refuse.'