90′s vibes pt 3: Madonna

1990 by Christopher Ciccone

Here it’s just a selection of Madonna 90’s shoots and outfits, with a special attention to 1990-1995 period.

I’ve always been a Madonna fan as, without her, a lot of britneys, christinas and gagas wouldn’t exist, and I do believe that 90’s period was her best.


In 1990 Madonna released the greatest hits album “The immaculate collection” saying in the credits:  “this album is dedicated to  the Pope, my divine inspiration”. There was only two new tracks and one of them was “Justify my love” , written by Lenny Kravitz, Ingrid Chavez and Madonna. It caused international controversy due to the accompanying music video which was sexually explicit and even banned by MTV.

It was just the prelude of “Erotica” album released in 1992, maybe the best Madonna album ever (at least according to me) that was an accompaniment to her book “Sex”. It consisted of sexually provocative and explicit images, photographed by Steven Meisel. The book caused strong negative reaction from the media and the general public.

In this period Madonna said to be ispired by 30’s divas like Dita Parlo and Marlene Dietrich. The provocative imagery that was her trademark continued with the erotic thriller “Body of Evidence”, a film which contained scenes of sadomasochism and bondage and was poorly received by critics.


In 1994 she released her  sixth studio album “Bedtime stories” the most experimental and unusual as being one of the very few occasions where she collaborated with well-known producers. Despite the large success of lead single “Secret”, he album got off to a mild start soon.

Althought  these albums were not so successfull like the 80’s most famous hits they’re surely represent the most original and authentic Madonna’s artistic life.

Justify my love video caps

Erotica video

Deeper and Deeper video caps

Body of Evidence

photographed by Andy Earle in 1994

by Bettina Rheims 1994

photographed by Demarchelier in 1994

1990 dressed like Marylin Monroe with Michael Jackson

with Warren Beatty in 1990

Truth or Dare premiere 1991

AIDS benefit 1991

Madonna with the queerest outfit ever and Steven Meisel,Glenn O’Brien at the Book Party for Sex in 1992

Kate Moss and Madonna 1995

Madonna with Donatella Versace and Cher and with Kate Moss at a fund-raising gala honoring Gianni Versace, Monday night, Dec. 8, 1997, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1995 MTV vma

1998 MTV ema




see more about 90’s style: part 1 here and part 2 here

sources: beautifulmadonna.com;allaboutmadonna.com; flickr; tfs; wikipedia.com

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