Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A history of high fashion and music: Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier

Items lent by Madonna, like the iconic corsets from her 1990 Blond Ambition world tour, are on display as well as costumes from her 2006 Confessions tour and MDNA tour in 2012
Toronto Fashion Week kicks off Monday in, well, Toronto. Music and fashion have always been linked, whether it's a designer creating a look for an artist, a band inspiring a look or an artist trying their hand at designing.

Artists from all kinds of genres have forged relationships with fashion designers. Think Katy Perry and the Blonds, Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti, Florence Welch and Gucci. Alexander Wang uses Azealia Banks and Die Antwoord for his ad campaigns. Willie Nelson is in a John Varvatos campaign, and of course Lyle Lovett has a line of shirts.

With the exception of Michael Jackson's rhinestone glove, Madonna's cone bra is probably the most iconic piece of clothing ever worn by a musician. The cone bra was created by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who has made a lot of crazy bras.