One of Madonna’s personal heroes is Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. When she first moved to New York, Madonna would often draw inspiration from Friday Kahlo for strength to keep pursuing her dreams. Now, as a successful and wealthy musician, Madonna can appreciate Frida’s artwork in a new way. She’s a big collector of the artist’s paintings. She even owns “My Birth” (1932), which was painted by Frida Kahlo when she lived in Detroit for a short time.
Madonna caused a bit of a controversy in 2015 when she and her team refused to lend “My Birth” to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The established museum organized a show featuring works by Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera. However, after trying to procure a loan from Madonna for over a year, the museum was unable to convince her to lend it out.
Maripol and Madonna
Madonna had a lot of autonomy over her edgy and hip look in the 80s. However, her style didn’t just appear fully formed out of nowhere. As with any great pop star, she had some help behind the scenes. Maripol was the designer and stylist responsible for Madonna’s signature look, which is still iconic and famous to this day.
Maripol was the one behind Madonna’s lace tops, fingerless gloves, fishnets, and controversial crucifix jewelry. Madonna embodied this style and made it her own, sparking fashion inspiration among women and girls of the 80s. So, next time you dress up as Madonna for Halloween, thank Maripol.
A Famous Pairing
Madonna has had many romantic relationships during the course of her life, but none are as infamous and mysterious as her relationship with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. There’s very little public information out there, but the two dated briefly in 1982. Although their relationship was short-lived, they remained close, and several photos of them together still exist.
Basquiat tragically passed away in 1988, and Madonna has never revealed a whole lot about her relationship with the famous artist. We do know that the two used to go to art openings together, and Basquiat believed in Madonna’s musical talent. However, Basquiat’s substance use eventually drove them apart, and he took back all of the paintings he gave her after they broke up.
An Expensive Wedding Dress
Wedding dresses can get pretty pricey, as anyone who’s planned a wedding can tell you. But Madonna’s vintage 1985 wedding dress? Now that’s a whole other level of expensive. Back in 2014, the oft-forgotten marriage between Sean Penn and Madonna was back in the headlines because her original wedding dress was going on sale.
The dress, which is quintessentially 80s and oh-so-Madonna, went up for auction through Julien’s. There was a ton of buzz around the piece of fashion history, and many predicted that it would sell for tens of thousands of dollars. No one could have guessed the actual selling price: a whopping $81,000.
Fiasco or Fierce?
The very first MTV Video Music Awards debuted on September 14, 1984. This up-and-coming music network channel decided to invite an up-and-coming singer to perform for their inaugural award show. Yes, that “up-and-coming” singer was Madonna. Her second studio album, “Like a Virgin,” was set to debut later that year, so she naturally decided to perform the title track at the VMAs.
And perform, she did. Madonna caused quite a stir with her titillating performance of “Like a Virgin.” Madonna rolled around the stage (literally) in a white wedding dress with a belt that read “Boy Toy” on it. While it’s pretty tame by today’s standards, people were clutching their pearls when they saw Madonna doing that suggestive thing with her veil. Supposedly, her furious manager swore that her performance would ruin her career. Oh, how wrong they were.