Madonna, who turns 50 on Aug. 16, 2008, is one of fashion's great chameleons. She's been a punk princess and lady of the manor. She has channeled Marilyn Monroe, Eva Peron and a geisha. Here's a look at the Material Girls' tour styles through the years.
Just starting out on the scene, Madonna made the most of launching herself when there was a "more is more" approach to accessories. Here she strikes a pose at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 14, 1984.
Madonna performs during the opening of The Virgin Tour in Seattle, April 10, 1985. Crucifixes, gloves, hair ribbons, beads, bangles and bras all featured heavily in her "Like a Virgin" period.
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Madonna performs during her "Blonde Ambition" tour in Philadelphia, Dec. 3, 1990. The cone-front corset created by Jean Paul Gaultier didn't fully catch on with the masses. "[It's] probably her most iconic clothing moment," says Nicole Smallwood of Marie Claire magazine.
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Then came the whole underwear-as-outerwear trend. Madonna is seen leaving the screening of her movie "Truth or Dare" at the 44th Cannes Film Festival in France, May 14, 1991. In her elaborate, circus-like 1993 "Girlie Show" tour, Madonna donned everything from a dominatrix outfit to Victorian garb.
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Getting dressed up again became important for playing Eva Peron in 1996's "Evita" when the star developed a penchant for forties ladylike fashion. Here Madonna arrives channeling Peron at the premiere of "Evita," in Los Angeles Dec. 14, 1996.
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Madonna performs at the beginning of the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Feb. 24, 1999. The pop star's stage fashions in the late '90s featured Geisha and Indian influences.
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Madonna performs at New York's Madison Square Garden during her "Reinvention Tour," Wednesday, June 16, 2004. Madonna has been immersed in Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, in recent years. She wears a red thread on her left wrist to ward off the evil eye.
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Madonna performs in a workout-inspired at the Olympia theater to promote her latest album "Hard Candy", in Paris, May 6, 2008. For her upcoming "Sticky & Sweet" tour, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci worked with Madonna to create a frock coat in black stretch satin and a long cape worn over a black dress embellished with colored ribbons "to give it a Gypsy look.