In or Out: Madonna in Vionnet

Posted on September 02, 2011

Madonna has disappointed us in many ways this decade, but if there’s one thing the old gal still really knows how to do…

Madonna attends the ‘W.E.’ premiere during the 68th Venice Film Festival in a Vionnet gown. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.

…It’s making a superstar’s entrance.

We really love this look. That blue-grey looks fantastic on her, especially with the bright pops of red. Love the sunglasses and the hair, which come strangely close to her look during the “Desperately Seeking Susan” era. Unfortunately, the dress is way too long on her and its pulling across her stomach. She’s freaking Madonna. She couldn’t get this thing altered to her liking? Also, the shoes are kind of clunky and obvious and the back is doing some strange things around the butt. Still, even with some slight reservations, we have to applaud the look because with Madonna, it’s all about the initial impact. It’s a look that turns heads immediately.

Make your meow heard, Bitter Kittens!
IN! Superstar!

OUT! Kind of lumpy and ill-fitting, no?


Evan Rachel Woods’ crisp, clean, androgynous Grace Kelly getup got an unreserved IN from the commentariat.


[Photo Credit: Ian Gavan, Frederic Nebinger, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

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  • Anonymous

    Cute dress, but her face looks a bit scary.  She resembles Calpernia Addams in the fourth picture down (I love Calpernia though, not saying *she* is scary)!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like her face hasn’t settled in yet either!

  • David Albright

    Edina Monsoon once warned her good friend Patsy Stone that getting to much plastic surgery would result in becoming a visitor in your own face. Madonna needs to consider that advice.

    • Anonymous

      Good one. I remember years ago, Joan Rivers on Johnny Carson saying something like, “One more facelit and I’ll have a goatee.”

      • nicewilliams

        took me a minute, but OMIGOD.  gross.  ha.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe she thought the shoes would take care of the issues with the length? Either way I’ll give her an IN

  • Anonymous

    I like the shape, drape and color of this dress, but what are those red things made of and why are they on this dress?  They seem to be glued or appliqued, but they are so thick and stiff that they are just a distraction.  The fit is not so good, but I like the bodice.  I love the hair and shades.  Very glam.

    • Debra Mandich

      the butterflys appear to be beads

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but she should stop messing with her face.

    • Celia

      God, she’s so on her way to Joyce Wildenstein territory already.

  • Genevieve LeFluer

    Forget the dress… it’s her face that I can’t stop staring at.

  • Liana Brooks

    Wow. Did she crochet those butterflies herself? She’s such a cute little grandmum here, all that’s missing to complete the look is a little more point on those almost-cat-eye glasses. OUT – It’s time for her to retire. 

  • Anonymous

    This is terrific – somehow both very Madonna and very age-appropriate (which I has started to think was a fashion oxymoron).  IN!

  • aussiegal77

    Have to give Madge props – she looks fabulous.  I love those sunnies and the hair. The dress is great and she’s working it – even if the shoes were a bit of a misstep. IN.

  • Anonymous

    In. I’m loving Vionnet right now, and this looks fabulous on Madge. Too bad she dragged the hem in something on her way to the carpet. The glasses are silly to me. Oh well, it is Madonna. What are you gonna do? I’m guessing more work on her face? Last time she was sporting sunglasses regularly at night, it was because her work hadn’t “settled” yet, as you say.

  • Anonymous

    Although it’s not perfect, she’s IN.

    Are her arms looking less gnarly than usual?

    • Isabel

      Out – hire a tailor or seamtress to get the hem right. Like the dress from the front, Hate the back.

      Scarlet39, her upper arms look great, but  her lower arms are wrinkling; look at the second picture. It’s also time for a new shade of blond and a shorter haircut.

  • Anonymous

    In. I love the colors of the dress.

  • Anonymous

    You are right very desperatley seeking Susan look. And if she was a starlet instead of a superstar this would be an IN. But for a superstar like Madonna there are too many minor mistakes which add up to an OUT

  • BerlinerNYC

    In. I had the same thought about her 1985 hair, which, combined with the bright lipstick, has an interestingly youthful effect. Love the dress. It’s not as stunning as the Stella McCartney star dress from the Met Gala, but it’s still great.

    I just wish she would straighten her sunglasses!

  • Ailsa Martin

    Out. I’m too young to remember Madonna being anything other than slightly embarrassing and a terrible musician, so I have no qualms about declaring this ugly and tacky. (Butterflies? Seriously?). Madonna can take her bad-looking film, hand me her (admittedly fabulous) sunglasses and leave.

    • { edi } ilovetrash

      strange, i’m too old to remember madonna being anything other than slightly embarrassing & a terrible musician–except, perhaps, the original conscienceless famewhore.

      she’s too busy rewriting the history of a famous, if odious, couple of royalty from a  country in which she likes to pretend she was, but was, in fact, not born so that history will conform better to the liking, so she thinks, of a religion into which she was not, in fact, born but likes to pretend to have an allegiance. my dream is that all this will backfire gloriously but dreams do not always come true, especially mine.

      nice dress, tho.

  • Anonymous

    From the waist up in the front only she looks good, but the back is bad, bad, bad.  What is she hiding behind those cute glasses?


  • Heather

    Forget being able to get decent alterations … she can’t get a decent plastic surgeon? That nose looks BAD. Good dress, though.
    (PS Madonna; I have a good alterations lady here in Asheville, NC.)
    (PPS TLo: Love the ‘Playgirl’ banner across the top!!)

    • Anonymous

      I think that may be the nose she was born with.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this look a few days ago, I found it refreshing.  The color is nice.  Her arms aren’t terrifying me.  Her army of boobs are safely tucked away.  I call it an “IN.”

  • Kathleen Coyle

    The bracelets add to the Desperately Seeking Susan era, too.  Man.  I’ve wanted to be Madonna since I was eight years old.  Some ebbs and wanes in there, but this is high tide Madonna right here.  IN.

  • bebo

    She kind of looks like Betty  Davis in What ever happen to baby Jane.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      OMG!  I knew she reminded me of someone, but I couldn’t remember who, but that’s it!  You nailed it.

    • Anonymous

      Way too much fillers!  Why do these women exteme diet and then fill in?  Some natural fat on your face can do wonders!

  • Judy_J

    I think she looks fantastic!  I bet she had that dress altered so it was tight across her midsection….shows off that flat tummy (wish mine looked like that!)  I like the shoes, too.  And I have no problem with the back of the dress, either.  IN!

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks great. IN.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to say IN.  She looks less scary and I like the covered up look.

  • Angel Ratliff

    OUT.  Not a fave, for sure.  It’s ill-fitting and a little cartoon-y.

  • Anonymous

    I like the dress, but see your points about the fit.  I thought “Desperately Seeking Susan” on the hair and sunglasses too, but not in a good way. It almost seems like she’s trying to recapture that look and she’s about 25 years older than that now. Madge, you’re not a starlet anymore. You’re a legend. Embrace it.

    • Nancy Abrams

      Maybe she and Bert would be a good match. He could design new clothes for her that actually would have been avant garde 25 years ago.


    • Anonymous

      I agree–she is a legend and needs to embrace that.  In the 80’s she was the trendsetting star the pop singers of today can only dream of being.  Why try to compete with the current crop of starlets–it’s time to rise above them.  

      As for the look, she’s OUT.  I don’t like the dress at all, and red butterflies plus red sunglasses is too 12-year-old girl for me.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get beyond what she’s done to her face to focus on any other part of her. 

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress, but the fit is terrible.  She is MADONNA.  Seriously.  OUT for that.

  • Kathy Schrenk

    She looks great, better than she has in years, but the plastic surgery makes me sad. She’s unrecognizable. She was so fabulous before! IN, but partly out of sympathy.

  • Anonymous

    Despite the flaws, I love this dress, and it looks amazing on her very toned body. Love neither the jewelry nor the sunglasses, but there’s a 1940s vibe that the hair really contributes to that I find appealing.


  • Laura Schultz

    IN! Love, except for the sunglasses. 

  • Anonymous

    She looks ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    In.  She’s covered and classy looking.  From a woman who’s spent the last 10 years trying to share the results of her pap smear with the red carpet, this is good news.  Few minor quibbles about fit, but I love it.

  • AGM

    Out. The dress is lumpy on her and, in my opinion, too twee for someone her age. Yes it’s a stunning look, but it doesn’t do anything positive for her. And the Barbie accessories (and lipstick) are eye-sores.

  • MerridithK

    I think she looks great but I agree about the fit issues:  too long and pulling too much across the stomach.  

  • Anonymous

    I think the dress is interesting, but way to long on her.

  • Gustavo Casals

    It’s an IN. C’mon, the pulling at the stomach thing is to show that those abs are still there underneath. I don’t think anyone else in the world could pull that off.

  • Heather Kaplin

    Borderline out to me, due to the bad fit. I really kinda love the hair, and I like the shoes though….

  • Ain’t Baroque

    Neat trick, busting out the sunglasses. I wonder if she has on any eye makeup? Or there’s eye weirdness going on in general? Although I love sunglasses, so have at it, Madonna. I support you.

  • Brenna McClellan

    IN. Those glasses are ah-mazing!

  • Anonymous

    I think what’s going on in the waist area is a result of her foundation garments. I know the woman keeps in fantastic shape, but that abdomen is supernatural.

    Unreserved IN from me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to say In and blur my eyes a little bit to ignore the the fit issues. Sunglasses and shoes are absofreakingawesome.

  • marlie

    This is the best Madge has looked in a LONG time! There needs to be some tweaks, but she’s still overall an IN. I love the the shades are the ONE bit of wacky, instead of wacky from head-to-toe.

  • Debra Mandich

    I like the body of the dress, color, ok with the hair
    dislike the glasses, drappy sleeves, length, butt hole looking gather

  • KittyKnits

    IN, I guess.  The initial impact is striking (and then you realize how ill-fitting it is).

  • Anonymous

    This looks a little WWII to me and not in a good way.  OUT.  Though I would love to see what Helen Mirren would have done with this look.

  • Ali

    There is nothing sadder than a woman chasing the look (and face) she had twenty years ago. Madonna, please, age with a little grace, please. This is just sad and pathetic, from the butterflies, to the shoes, to the godawful plastic surgery and bulging arm veins.

    • Anonymous

      I so agree, yet this is the most age-appropriate look I’ve seen her in for a very long time. If it’s just a baby step in the right direction, it’s an improvement.

  • Jessica Rodgers

    IN! It’s Madonna, bitches!

    Also, fit-issues aside, it’s a really fabulous look. And unlike a lot of in/out posts where I have an initial “wow” and then “ohhhh” as the issues become clear, I really don’t care. yes, I technically see the fit issues, but that initial impact hits you so strongly, you can’t shake it even with issues.

  • Anonymous


    I love and hate Madge (almost in equal parts), but she’s a frikkin’ legend and the dress is gorgeous.

    Even if you think she’s an old fuddy-duddy, no-talent has-been, there would be no Gaga or Perry or Minaj or Rihanna without her.

  • Kimmy Hescock

    I’m going to pretend it fits her pristinely, and give her an IN. I love the colors, the placement of the butterflies, and choice of accessories. The sleeve things and back of the dress are a bit odd, but if you squint, they look better. Definitely a head turner.

  • Anonymous

    I really love this, she looks like a (lucky) star… IN

  • Julianne Mullikin


  • mattharber

    Boys, boys, boys… I can’t tell if it’s an in or out, but I know a WERQ if I see it. She is WERQing it!

  • aimee_parrott

    I give her an IN.  It’s interesting, I do think she’s settling in to a new face because it looks fuller than it has in a long time, and that and the hair are combining for a very Desperately Seeking Susan/Like a Virgin vibe.  I actually think she look good with a fuller face, but if it is surgery-related it probably won’t last.  I love the colors on her.

  • Anonymous

    Out. I’m sorry, but it’s freaking me out. I feel like this is the scene in the movie right before the cute butterflies turn out to be DEMON BUTTERFLIES THAT WILL EAT HER ALIVE AAAAAAH!

  • Kathrine Marlow

    I like the dress, but think the nonsense at the shoulders detracts from it, I think a simpler sleeve would have been much more beautiful.  I think she could have had it altered to fit a bit better.  However, after all the negatives, she looks amazing here.

  • Anonymous

    YEA. She looks like her old self, literally—when I still liked her!

  • Heron

    Dress awesome.  Face less than awesome.

  • Sara Munoz


    Somehow seems LESS than the sum of its parts.

  • Anonymous

    So much IN. She looks like a REAL star. 

  • Sara__B

    At first glance, IN. Head-turning and attention-getting. At closer inspection, OUT. The gown fits poorly, her hair color doesn’t flatter her skin color, and the expression on her face (or perhaps her plastic surgery) is downright scary. The final verdict: OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  Super IN.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Don’t like the white stuff around the butterflies – looks like they are pooping. 

    What does it say that I thought from the thumbnail that we were going to see Drew Barrymore?  Not sure, but it creeps me out a little.

  • Margot Brose

    Those sunglasses and shoes look ridiculous, but that’s the classiest she’s looked in a long time. In, I guess.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  She’s MADONNA…Vionnet should have made sure that gown fit her perfectly and the fly aways should have been tamed.

  • Leslie Carver

    Out. Lumpy, fits badly, too twee, and she looks like she’s made out of plastic.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to her face???

  • Cheree Winston

    IN! She is fabulous. 

  • Sarah Oleksyk

    IN. Even if it didn’t fit, would you pass up a chance to wear this dress?

  • Anonymous

    IN! She looks fab…and I like those shoes with the dress! Love huh!

  • Ana Cedillo


  • Anonymous

    That shade of red gives me a headache.  I like the greyish/bluish shade, but those red butterfly blobs ruin it.  The dress doesn’t fit well, it’s too long and the back looks like she was doing leg squats and got her dress caught in her buttcrack.  Those shoes are tacky.  Love the red shades, though they’re not nearly big enough to keep you from noticing that her face is as tightly pulled as the dress is across her stomach.

    In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I’m in the OUT! category.

  • Sarah Bailey

    In. Love the glasses.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately her face is showing that too much stretching and sewing of the face behind the ears, in addition to over injection of filler, begins to show. Her face looks awful, but I’ve thought that for a long time. On the other hand, I think the dress deserves an IN, even if it only for the fact that it is more age appropriate than I’ve seen her look in a long, long time. I like the colors and can forgive that it isn’t as perfect fit.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Getting uncomfortably close to Sunset Boulevard. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding? That’s what makes it a total IN! If Madonna can’t camp it up, who can?

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress, but between her and Cindy Crawford, I can’t stop thinking about Death Becomes Her. Think I’ll rent it this weekend!

  • Christine Marie

    Guys. . . . it’s Madonna. She likes things too tight

    Also, I’m giving it an enh. She has unholy amounts of money, she should be using it better. By “better” I mean on clothing that looks decent. What else would one use unholy amounts of money on? Please.

  • Al

    I really like this look, however I wish more effort was put in the makeup. Madonna has always had very strong facial features but doesnt like to heighten them, which makes her face look a little coarse. That being said, the dress, accessories and shoes are flawless. And, come on, she’s FREAKING MADONNA. IN

  • katie

    IN- love the colors, love that its covered up but still shows off her shape, and love the 80s throwback with the hair and sunglasses. Hate the plastic surgery.

  • kjthorp

    IN!!! And she actually looks a little closer to her age here. So I really like it. At least her body looks closer to her age.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  She looks fabulous and that doesn’t happen every day.

  • Kate Pearce

    IN. She’s Madonna.

  • Anonymous

    Huge out. Except for the shoes. I WANT THOSE SHOES. But the dress is a horrible color, it looks oddly fitted, and the back looks like a PR designer who ran out of time and used hair clips to hold the fabric. Love me some Madonna and she’s still absolutely fabulous. But not in this.

  • suzq

    She’s slowly morphing into Betty Davis.

    But check out the shoe picture.  Did she step in a puddle?  Was she be-splashed?  Vergognati, Venezia! 

  • Anonymous

    In, even thought I hate sunglasses on the red carpet.  I LOVE those sunglasses though.

  • Anonymous

    IN. She looks great from the front. And I love the shoes.

  • Brittany


  • Brittany


  • Anonymous

    She looks smashing.  The hair style suits her face and it’s a well put together outfit.  It’s tasteful!


  • Carol Melichar

    Out! It doesn’t fit. I Like the shoes, tho

  • Bethany Roullett

    I say ‘IN’ for the dress, but her face looks…wrong.  But this isn’t a ‘face’ blog, it’s a ‘fashion’ blog, I get that.

  • Anonymous

    One of those bracelets appears to be the Duchess of Windsor’s Cartier diamond and gemstone cross bracelet that she wore on here wedding day in 1937.  It recently sold for 601,230 pounds or the equivalent of $961,968.  Madonna had been the rumoured buyer but their was no confirmation at the time.

    • Anonymous

      Heard about this from another website, but it was just stated there that the bracelet was like, or a tribute to, the Duchess of Windsor’s bracelet. Would be very interesting if it was the real thing…..

  • Laur.

    Oh Madge. *LeSigh* 

    “Your face is as a book, where men may read strange matters…”Macbeth.

  • Toto Maya

    IT’S A BUNCH OF GLUED ON CRAP- oh wait, this is about Madonna. Honestly she looks great, IN.

  • Anonymous

    I love it, but it’s a size too small – hence the butt/stomach issues. Love the shoes and sunglassses too.

    In, but it would’ve been much better a size up (at least)

  • Anonymous

    Minor quibbles on the fit (the lenth is an issue.  I think it’s a great dress for her.  Unfortunately, whatever she is doing to her face is completely distracting me from the pretty dress. 

  • Pablo Fernandez

    She is wearing one of the Duchess of Windsor bracelets auction off not too long ago !

  • Pablo Fernandez

    She is wearing one of the Duchess of Windsor bracelets auction off not too long ago !

  • Anonymous

    IN! she is still awesome…I do wish they would have done something about the fit, though….

  • Anonymous

    IN! she is still awesome…I do wish they would have done something about the fit, though….

  • Robert Sanchez

    Yeah, a little too tight, and she should have ditched the sunglasses at some point on the red carpet. But that’s a killer dress meant for the RC. In, for me.

  • Suzie Vazquez

    I love it and think it’s so much fun. Brava!!  

  • Vaniljekjeks


  • Anonymous

    Killer dress and loving the fun of the shades, but the face…oh honey, the face. Why? And why is everyone trotting out their unfortunate plastic surgery results at this event?

  • Synnamin

    In! It’s a little weirdly mutton-dressed-as-lamb, while also being a little old-fashioned and dumpy, and yet… I love it.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I have the uneasy feeling that someone in Madonna’s camp saw the note that CC’s face ‘hasn’t quite settled in’ and that led to the sunglasses.  I worry what’s behind them.

    Empathy IN.  Because that’s still one hell of an entrance.

  • Presumptuous Insect


  • Anonymous

    Presumably stars who get to appear on a Red Carpet have
    a certain amount of clout, so why can’t they get a dress (or suit) that fits. I love the dress and the shoes but it really is lumpy and way too long.
    It really should be an IN but I’m going to give it an OUT!

  • Anonymous

    Almost an in.  The color is nice and I like the draping around the neck and the sleeves in the front.  But it fits so badly and strangely in the back and is too long, I’ll give it an out.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree: pretty color (which is lovely on her, even with the harsh dye job) and the shape of the bodice is both beautiful and flattering. Everything else is terrible:

      The ass of the dress is grotesque (even if the ass under it is really well-toned) and that weird fabric tail is sad and pointless. The overall length is bad and the shoes are pure hooker. The butterflies look cheap. The bracelets are overkill and the pointer-finger ringer is awkward. The sunglasses scream “my plastic surgery hasn’t healed” (plus they look as cheap as the butterflies). Totally OUT.

  • Silvia Orellana

    OUT! The colour and the butterflies are pretty, but it’s just to ill-fitting. Especially when your premiering your movie about a universally hated couple. And your face is still lookin’ like silly putty.

  • Joyce VG

    IN. Because wow Madonna! [It looks like she’s pooping fabric though.]

  • Anonymous

    IN. I love the dress, especially from the front, and its Madonna! She has to be IN.

  • Malia Smith

    Out. The butterflies just look ugly to me. I’d like it without them.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like the living dead. Atrocious. I wouldn’t have known who it was. The chipmunk cheeks and the hair are absolutely terrifying & she looks like she’s been marinated in formaldehyde. The dress is hiddy. OUT.

  • gillian holroyd

    In. Extra points because she so seldom looks good these days and this is juuuust right.

  • Aisling O’Connor

    It’s a Madonna IN or OUT! Too stunned to vote. I am desperately seeking my breath.

  • Anonymous

    In, but I wouldn’t have called that face as Madonna’s.

  • Meredith Presley Wood

    she looks like she has Wallis Simpson’s wedding bracelet (the cross one) on her arm.  Points for the obvious tribute, if nothing else.

  • Anonymous

    The fit’s not great but love the overall look. IN!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll say OUT, just because of the fit. Speaking of which, it looks like she’s put on a little weight, which I think is a GOOD thing. She was looking scarily rangy. I do love the glasses.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll say OUT, just because of the fit. Speaking of which, it looks like she’s put on a little weight, which I think is a GOOD thing. She was looking scarily rangy. I do love the glasses.

  • Shawn Hill

    In! I wish it had been something other than butterflies, but the colors are great on her, and the accessories match in a good way.

  • Democracy Diva

    IN. It’s Madge’s world. We’re just living in it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m giving her an in because her arms don’t look all Skeletor.

  • Anonymous

    The red sunglasses are a bit much, but I like the material on that girl (haha)!  I will always have a soft spot for red shoes and I love her attitude. She’s all “Back??? Hooker, please — I never left. Where have YOU been?”


  • Anonymous

    Not a train wreck, but I can’t give it an in.  The butterflies and shoes are too juvenile.  Out.

  • Anonymous

    Not a train wreck, but I can’t give it an in.  The butterflies and shoes are too juvenile.  Out.

  • Rachel Council

    IN. I love the colors and the draping, the rest are minor quibbles. 

  • Sammi M

    OUT. I miss the Madonna of the 80’s and 90’s. This looks like bad drag costumes. Those red butterflies look tacked on.

  • Anonymous

    OUT.  Ill-fitting, too long, butterflies, hackneyed shoes, 1984-era hair & shades… just looks a mess to me.  Sorry, Madge.

  • Anonymous

    Out. That hair reminds me of some sort of version of Baby Jane Hudson crossed with Sally Kirkland (and I love Sally but isn’t she like 20 years older than Madge??) Don’t like the glasses either, they look cheap although I’m sure they’re not. I expect more from you Madge!!!

  • Anplica Fiore

    Meh.  Not sure if this is an in or out…  And because of that, I give her an out.  I’m in a mean mood this afternoon…

  • Joseph Guarino

    She looks so old.

    • Nancy Lehet

      but she is old!

      • Janie R

        She’s like- between forty and DEATH!!

        • Anonymous

          She’s 53.

  • Eileen Duffy

    Her face looks swollen.  Hate the shades.  The dress is okay, would be better with a good alteration.

  • Anonymous

    She looks fantastic – bow down naysayers. Love the dress AND the shoes and glasses and everything.

  • Anonymous

    She looks fantastic – bow down naysayers. Love the dress AND the shoes and glasses and everything.

  • Santa

    IN, because these photos made me smile :)

  • Cranky


  • Megan K.

    IN!  Love the colors.

  • Krab Louse

    This looks identical to the “dresses” I used to create with bed sheets when I was a child.  Imagine, the fabric just pulled all the way to the back and then pinned with one section wrapped around the sleeves.  I suspect many children did this with their sheets!

  • Anonymous

    Madonna rules.  I’d vote her in even if she was wearing a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers on the red carpet.  She is fierce bitches!!

  • Grace Ritt

    IN. This is so fab that I can hardly stand it. The sunglasses were a perfect choice.

  • Anonymous

    The hair and glasses are fantastic. Definitely a throwback to the good ol’ days when she was fun and “scandalous”.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    OUT!  If that dress had been made on Project Runway, the designer would have been accused of just gluing crap on a very basic design.

  • Maria


     (perfect description… she knows how to make an entrance that’s for sure!)

  • Anonymous


  • Ricky Carter

    In! She owns it, and she doesn’t care if you like it!

  • Phillip Wilde

    The fit is a little off, and the shape a little unusual, but Madge’s attitude manages to hold it all together and earn an IN.

  • Phillip Wilde

    The fit is a little off, and the shape a little unusual, but Madge’s attitude manages to hold it all together and earn an IN.

  • Anonymous

    The dress is magnificent but the fit is awful, especially across the stomach. We can see the Spanx, dear. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Lumpy and ill-fitting could be applied to her cheek implants as well as her dress, so I guess they complement each other.  The angle on the second/fifth picture is more flattering to both.  Every bit the superstar in that shot, and making me think of Rita Hayworth.  She is the master of striking a pose.  It probably takes a dancer to stand exactly like that, and hold it for the shot.  It may not look like much, but I’m sure most of us in her age range would be spraining something by now.

  • Anonymous

    Lumpy and ill-fitting could be applied to her cheek implants as well as her dress, so I guess they complement each other.  The angle on the second/fifth picture is more flattering to both.  Every bit the superstar in that shot, and making me think of Rita Hayworth.  She is the master of striking a pose.  It probably takes a dancer to stand exactly like that, and hold it for the shot.  It may not look like much, but I’m sure most of us in her age range would be spraining something by now.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    sunglasses are a smart move for someone who’s had as much work done as she has. 

  • Anonymous

    Umm no. She stole that dress from someone else. The hair and glasses are hatefully dated. She isn’t 22 anymore, and even if she does own that look, she should retire it to a place on her mantle.

  • Anonymous

    In.  Her ass looks fabulous.  

  • Vera Sticker

    Unreservedly love it. She looks fantastic. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Madge gets an IN, best she’s looked in bit.

    *sigh* seems like just yesterday my sister and I were dancing in her bedroom to “Like a Virgin”.

  • margaret meyers

    She must have a skin  t e a m.  No one person could have her looking so smooth, so plumped, so dewy.  That must take hours, every day.

  • margaret meyers

    And OUT.  The back of that dress is awful.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I like the butterflies, but the hair, cheeks, hem, lumps – too dreadful

  • Tara

    Hmm…I see all the issues mentioned, but am far far too biased to hold that against her. She looks fab- IN!

  • Meira Niibori

    Ugh.  The purpleish-grey is nice, and I like it with the red, but… that’s about all the nice things I can say here.  The dress is ill-fitting, too long, and doing weird things to several parts of her anatomy.  The hair and sunglasses seem, to me, to be form a completely different look – too casual for a gown, perhaps?  And the sunglasses just look weird on her face with those preternaturally puffy cheeks.  The shoes are too obvious, and strangely cheap-looking.  And finally, the jumbled bunches of bracelets are reading both too-casual and too-young for the dress to me.  Yeah, that’s an OUT.

  • Nina Kauffman

    WANT THE SUNGLASSIES! I actually think her arms are looking a little less scary.

  • Anonymous

    Well if she’s all about first impressions, my first impression was: Awesome!!! So I guess she’s IN! (She probably would be, anyway.)

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress.  Don’t love Plastic Madonna.  I so miss the old gal.  

  • Greg Polansky

    OUT. That ass puckering kills it for me. 

  • Erin Leahy

    mmmeehhh. out.

  • Erin Leahy

    mmmeehhh. out.

  • Jessica Ballinger

    OUT.  The shoes make this look like something a 9th grader would wear to the middle school dance.

  • Sorana Tarmu

    Meh. Not liking the color combo. And with the ill-fitting… It’s an OUT.

  • NostalgiaOD

    If this dress pulls and tugs in weird places on Madonna, who the hell DOES it fit?  Cute look for her, kinda classic, retro Madonna instead of whoever she has been the last 15 years or so.

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    Glasses!?  Like we don’t know what’s up with that!   

  • Anonymous


    OUT by virtue of the fact that when I initially saw the thumbnail I couldn’t figure out who it was.

    Oh Madonna…

  • Aileen Bartels

    The red embroidery on the dress looks like a contagious childhood rash.  I like the shoes.

  • accidental housewife

    She looks incredible. IN

  • Amber-Laine McGeath

    LOVE IT.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  She looks great.  BTW, these pics are all over the web and she’s not wearing glasses in most of them.  Google is your friend.

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      Google may be our friend, but Getty Images is the service we use to purchase pictures. There’s no reason to think we’re required to show her without her glasses — aside from pointless complaining, that is.

      • Anonymous

        TLO-I was talking to all the people who were complaining about not being able to see her eyes.  I love you guys, but there are other pics of her in this dress on other websites (not that I’d DARE suggest we look any further for fashion ripping…but if one simply must see her eyes-the pics are out there).


  • AWStevens

    IN, she’s gorgeous.  LOVE the red butterflies against the silvery gray.  LOVE the fuck me shoes.  Squee!

  • Melissa Della

    IN for sure. Sure it could have used some alterations, but she’s not popping out of the damn thing and if anyone can pull off a puddle of cloth on the RC it’s Madonna…

  • Fifi LaRoux

    I say she’s in! But yes, it does look like her face is a little off.

  • Manon Eileen

    Nah. She’s too old for this kind of dress :(

  • Anonymous

    Obviously an IN! That dress is gorgeous. I absolutely love it. The dress is a bit tight in the midsection, but that’s the only complaint I have. Well, besides the fact that her face clearly hasn’t settled in yet. But that’s probably the explanation for the glasses, which are gorgeous. I even like the shoes here. Well done.

  • Ethan Barclay-Ennew

    OUT I hate the stripper shoes and the fit, she makes more money a day than an average family does in a year, keep a bloody tailor on staff!

  • Emily

    Love this look so much better than the black fishnet looks she was trying to rock before.  This is way more appropriate and looks awesome.  Love the red.

  • Lies L.

    This is sort of adorable and wonderful. IN.

  • Anonymous

    I might think of giving her an “in” if it didn’t look like I was seeing the seam from her undergarment running straight up the front.  Or is it an actual seam on the dress?  It’s especially apparent in 2nd & 4th photos.  Also what’s up with sunglasses on the red carpet?  Isn’t the whole idea of the red carpet to get attention?  Why wear sunglasses?  (Even such cute ones.)  I do like the color scheme of the dress–very different and imaginative, although the back is WAY too busy for one dress.  Sorry, Ms. Ciccone, I say OUT for this one.  But keep trying!

  • Tina

    love the color, the ’30s-ish shape and the red butterfly spots. In!

  • Anonymous

    Out. Ugly dress, ugly shoes, OK sunglasses. Her hands and arms look terrible. Is it from being so thin all these years?? 

    • Anonymous

      I agree on the ugliness of it all. Her arms and hands are veiny from working out so much, but I’d kill for the absence of arm puff and loose-meat hang.

  • dancinfool

    I like the dress, shoes too matchy matchy, and the HEMLINE! SRSLY?

  • Anonymous

    hate the jewelry too.  its blah.  out.  her styling ruins the dress. 

  • Alisa Rivera

    Saw Madonna in this dress on TV yesterday and it looks terrible in motion. The poor fit becomes really obvious. Out.

  • Anonymous

    Out. The dress is plain and corny (butterflies? really?), I don’t like the colors and the fit is terrible. The less said about her face the better.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, IN, despite the quibbles. 

    I think her hair is pretty and the colors are fab. 

    But what happened to the gap in her teeth?

  • Maria McGarry

    Out.  I hate the color on her, maybe a result of the red carpet glare, but whatever.  The blue in it is competing with the undertones in her skin and the yellow i her hair.  Maybe a shade darker?  The glasses are a reprehensible shape on her face and fight the nice shape of the dress somehow.  Those are old hands too — god are we all headed for this?  The dress itself is lovely, but as styled on her, meh.  Love the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      I’m less bothered by the notion that we are all headed for hands like Madonna’s than I am by the notion that they will become a factor in assessments of what we are wearing.

  • Anonymous

    IN by the face-lifted skin of her teeth.

    Madame Vionnet called from beyond the grave to complain about the fit and the accessorising.

  • Rachel Weiser

    What’s with that weird water stain thing on the hem of the dress? 😮

    Proving that a look is more than the sum of its parts, Madonna skates through with an IN from me.

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  • Josefina Madariaga

    Love the dress and the styling, but she looks old. It’s a look that turns heads, for sure, but only to notice how tired her body looks.

  • Alexander Peterhans

    The outfit is an IN.

    You kind of know you’ve had too much plastic surgery when your sunglasses look photoshopped on in real life.

  • Anonymous

    so IN!

  • Anonymous


  • vmcdanie

    You make this so hard. I love the butterflies and the sunglasses. And her arms look fantastic, they were getting too big and veiny for a while. I’m not sure I love the color of the gown. Still I’d say IN until I saw the shot from the back. What the fuck is going on around her ass? 

    IN, as long as I don’t look at that couture wedgie again.

  • vmcdanie

    You make this so hard. I love the butterflies and the sunglasses. And her arms look fantastic, they were getting too big and veiny for a while. I’m not sure I love the color of the gown. Still I’d say IN until I saw the shot from the back. What the fuck is going on around her ass? 

    IN, as long as I don’t look at that couture wedgie again.

  • M Carlson

    Based on how she’s looked in the recent past, I think she looks great!

  • Lisa

    I’m a little late to the party, but the girl looks awesome!

  • Hanna Watts

    I like this look, but I feel like it’s not age appropriate.  Of course, neither is her face.

  • Hanna Watts

    I like this look, but I feel like it’s not age appropriate.  Of course, neither is her face.