Madonna was too poor to afford store-bought graduation dress

Madonna had to make her own dress for her high school graduation as she was too poor to afford a shop-bought gown.The singer is now one of the richest stars in music, with an estimated fortune of $590 million (£450 million).But before she became one o…

Madonna had to make her own dress for her high school graduation as she was too poor to afford a shop-bought gown.

The singer is now one of the richest stars in music, with an estimated fortune of $590 million (£450 million).

But before she became one of the world’s biggest popstars, Madonna, real name Madonna Ciccone, and her family struggled financially.

Sharing an old photo on Instagram, the Queen of Pop told her 12.9 million followers: “My Sister Paula and I on my High School graduation day! We sewed our own dresses from Butterick patterns (dress emoji). I was always so embarrassed we could not afford store bought dresses. In retrospect Im glad i learned how to use a sewing machine (scissors emoji). Notice No cleavage or bare knees!! Papa Ciccone was very strict (laughing face). #highschool (sic).”

As well as her music career, the singer also turned her passion for making clothes into a business venture with clothing line Material Girl in 2010, named after one of her most famous hits. It’s a joint partnership with her daughter Lourdes Leon, 22, and caters to a teenage market.

The 60-year-old also previously designed for H&M, a range of sunglasses for Dolce & Gabbana, and launched a second lifestyle brand, Truth or Dare, in 2011.

Talking about designing at a low price point, she once told Billboard: “When I was 13 years old, I couldn’t afford designer clothes. I couldn’t afford expensive clothing. When I designed a line of clothes for H&M, that was one of the things I liked so much about it, that it was really affordable. I think that is one of the nice things about it, that you can make nice clothes at affordable prices.”

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Documentary about Madonna and the Breakfast Club ready for release

A documentary detailing the birth of Madonna’s pop career is set to be released in March (19). Madonna and the Breakfast Club will chronicle the Material Girl hitmaker’s time with the 1980s pop group, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Dan Gilr…

A documentary detailing the birth of Madonna’s pop career is set to be released in March (19).

Madonna and the Breakfast Club will chronicle the Material Girl hitmaker’s time with the 1980s pop group, which she formed with her then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy.

The documentary will feature re-enacted scenes involving Madonna, portrayed by Jamie Auld, and the band, and interviews with Gilroy, his brother Ed, and fellow bandmate Gary Burke.

“We filmed in the same locations Madonna once walked and performed in, incorporating the exact instruments she played, including the real guitar she used to write her first songs,” Producer Guy Guido says. “It was surreal to capture Jamie in the drama that would eventually lead to Madonna pursuing her solo career.”

Madonna left the group before the release of The Breakfast Club’s first single in 1984, but the band continued to release music up to 2016.

News of the documentary comes after it was reported Madonna is preparing for a comeback world tour later this year (19). She is also working on a new album.

Back in October, she revealed she was putting the final touches to her 14th studio release, which will be released later this year. She is also working on her MDNA Skin beauty range.

“I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job,” she said.

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Lourdes Leon and Juliette Lewis front Miu Miu’s spring 19 campaign

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on T…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.

Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on Tuesday (15Jan19).

One snap depicts Lourdes, 22, sitting in the back of a vintage car while wearing a black outfit, knee-high socks, and red stilettos, while another picture shows her posing across several seats in an old bus and sporting a glamorous ensemble consisting of a black sequinned blazer, matching skirt, and red satin pumps.

For her photoshoot, actress/singer Juliette sits in a vintage bus and shows off a denim dress and jewel-encrusted high heel sandals, with her hair swept back into loose curls.

In addition, the 45-year-old is seen sitting in a little black dress, with her outfit accessorised with a bejewelled purse and diamante necklace.

Rising stars including Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz, Chinese model Du Juan, and Maya Hawke, the daughter of film stars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, also appear in the campaign.

Regarding the concept, a Miu Miu representative explained that creative director Miuccia Prada wanted to capture the “transitory, fleeting nature” of fashion.

“Neither arriving nor departing, these images celebrate the notion of simply being – the geography hazy, the timing uncertain, they present a universal, everywhere and anytime,” they said in a statement. “Fleeting and transitory, reasoning uncertain, the travel could easily be an escape, or a coming home. The only concrete, the only constants, are the women themselves – singular, original, always unique. Somewhere, nowhere, yet someone.”

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Leslie Mann permanently stuck with Madonna-inspired eyebrows

Actress Leslie Mann is permanently stuck with thin eyebrows after once over-plucking them to emulate Madonna’s 1990s look. The 40-Year-Old Virgin star revisited her early beauty missteps during an interview with NewBeauty, in which she discussed how t…

Actress Leslie Mann is permanently stuck with thin eyebrows after once over-plucking them to emulate Madonna’s 1990s look.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin star revisited her early beauty missteps during an interview with NewBeauty, in which she discussed how the pop icon was one of her biggest influences, and recounted experimenting with different styles when she first arrived in Los Angeles at the start of her career.

“I also used to overpluck my brows,” Leslie, 46, tells the publication. “When I first moved to L.A., I was friends with this girl who looked really cool. She was really into Madonna, and she had those Madonna-arched eyebrows. I think she even tattooed a mole or something. I don’t know, but she plucked my eyebrows to make them look like hers, but mine never grew back, so I have the thinnest eyebrows ever and that’s thanks to a woman named Sunshine.”

These days, Mann has adopted a more high end approach to maintaining her glowing features, relying on designer products from beauty brands Natura Bisse, Sisley Paris, Chantecaille, and La Mer, as well as items like Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops, and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Precieuse lipstick.

While she is on top of her self-care routine, her husband, director and producer Judd Apatow, has little interest in grooming products.

“He is resistant to most things. For beauty stuff, he’s kind of open to buying something for blackheads, but then he never uses it,” Mann shares. “He doesn’t use any hair products or anything; he uses Irish Spring soap and then whatever left over shampoo is in the shower. For a long time, he was using my purple shampoo for blondes and I don’t think he knew that it was toning his hair into a nice lavender hue!”

He also takes the same casual approach to his fashion, something the actress has found frustrating.

“He still dresses like a 14-year-old boy and refuses to stop,” she says. “We were in Paris a few years ago and went into this empty restaurant… We walk up, and the hostess looks Judd up and down, gives him a dirty look, and says, ‘The restaurant is full,’ then turned and walked away. We can’t go places because of him – he is such a slob!”

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Madonna & Michelle Pfeiffer were early favourites for Working Girl lead

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role. The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary …

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role.

The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, and Wick recalls Griffith was not the first choice for the role of Tess.

“We talked about a lot of people to play Tess,” he tells the publication. “Because it was Mike (Nichols) directing, everyone was interested.

“I remember Mike once calling me and saying Madonna was on The Tonight Show. He said, ‘Watch her, there’s something very interesting about her’. We talked about Michelle Pfeiffer, the most beautiful woman in the world. But we observed that if you cast someone like that, there would’ve been a line of guys at her desk trying to marry her.

“We needed an old-fashioned movie star. Someone who, when they had glasses on, you believed they had a little anonymity, and as soon as they took them off, you saw they were a beauty. You needed someone fiercely intelligent but in a slightly more unique way.”

Meanwhile, Griffith recalled a creepy car scene with a young Kevin Spacey in the film: “It’s a strange coincidence that Kevin’s now ostracised because of his actions, his sexual proclivity or whatever,” she explains. “In Working Girl, I jump out of the car because of his (character’s) sexual advances.”

Spacey was fired from Netflix drama House of Cards and edited out of Ridley Scott’s film All the Money in the World after sexual misconduct and harassment allegations were made against him.

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Aretha Franklin gown sells for $10,000 at memorabilia auction

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).Accord…

Over 30 items worn by the late Queen of Soul were on the block during the event held by Julien’s Auctions in New York City as part of the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square this weekend (09-10Nov18).

According to editors at the Detroit Free Press, a pink silk two-piece Bill Blass-designed gown worn by Aretha at the Duets concert AIDS benefit in 1993, sold for the large sum.

A black silk hat adorned with black feathers, black fishnet and white silk flowers, which the singer wore to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening ceremony in 1995, was sold for $3,125 (£2,420). While a strapless white silk evening gown and a satin coat worn by the Respect hitmaker at the 1998 Grammys’ pre-party sold for $8,750 (£6,778).

The outfits were a last-minute addition to proceedings, but memorabilia dealer Martin Nolan was quick to include them after getting a call from Aretha’s inner circle.

“It was completely unexpected,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve had the dates for this auction set since last May, so once we received these items in early September, we really needed to scramble to get everything photographed and included in a way that felt like we were doing right by her.”

The auction featured more than 800 items from music’s biggest icons including Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Madonna, with the proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the U.K.

The Freeway of Love hitmaker died aged 76 after losing a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Madonna models new Moschino x H&M line at home

Madonna has been wearing the brand new Moschino x H&M collection to do the cooking at home.The Queen of Pop was one of the A-list guests at Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s London launch party on Tuesday night (06Nov18), where she was snapped in key …

Madonna has been wearing the brand new Moschino x H&M collection to do the cooking at home.

The Queen of Pop was one of the A-list guests at Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s London launch party on Tuesday night (06Nov18), where she was snapped in key pieces from the new range – the black hooded dress with images of gold chain detailing across the front and cuffs. her daughters Stelle and Estere, five, also joined her at the bash. And she switched it up when she got back to her London home, opting for the MTV Moschino hoodie teamed with a red faux fur coat with added chains.

“Cooking up something in the studio kitchen! @moschino #music #magic #mambo,” she wrote on Instagram.

Scott shared the same image, and wrote: “MMM GOOD ! @madonna @mtv @moschino !!! #HMOSCHINO.”

The full collection drops on Thursday, with fashion fans running into difficulty trying to get their hands on the coveted line. Scott is the latest high-end designer to team with the Swedish high street retailer, and he joins the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Kenzo and Alexander Wang among other top fashion names.

Also at the launch party, held at London night spot Annabel’s, was Beth Ditto and Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall, who were also both decked out in the new garments.

“@itsjeremyscott you are a b**ody dream so much fun (too much, feeling it today) at the @hm x @moschino party,” Jade captioned a photo of her and Scott posing together.

Models Gigi Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Soo Joo Park, Imaan Hammam, Stella Maxwell and Rianne van Rompaey were last month unveiled as the campaign stars for the hotly anticipated collab.

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Aretha Franklin dresses added to mega memorabilia auction

A red feathered gown once worn by late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be up for grabs in an upcoming Hollywood auction.Memorabilia dealer Martin Nolan had finalised most of the items of the Icons & Idols sale, which takes place on 9 and 10 November…

A red feathered gown once worn by late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be up for grabs in an upcoming Hollywood auction.

Memorabilia dealer Martin Nolan had finalised most of the items of the Icons & Idols sale, which takes place on 9 and 10 November (18), but a call from Aretha’s inner circle changed all that.

The caller, who owned clothing and accessories, including pieces that had been worn onstage at concerts and events, had promised not to part with the garments until after her death, so when Aretha passed away aged 76 in August, they were free to put them up for auction.

“It was completely unexpected,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve had the dates for this auction set since last May, so once we received these items in early September, we really needed to scramble to get everything photographed and included in a way that felt like we were doing right by her.”

Nolan, executive director and chief financial officer for L.A.-based auction house Julien’s Auctions, added: “This really is the Super Bowl of auctions, probably the most incredible collection we’ve ever put together for one event.”

The sale takes place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

Respect singer Aretha was as well known for her opulent outfits as she was her powerful voice. A velvet gown with bejewelled cape worn by the soul star will also go under the hammer.

Other items include a white Collings 290 guitar that Prince played during a Ray Charles concert and a purple trench adorned with metallic detail worn by the late star, a pair of sunglasses John Lennon sported while filming the video for Penny Lane and clothing and jewellery owned by Elvis Presley.

There are multiple items from 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan too, including the cropped tuxedo jacket Madonna wore to play the title character and the oversized skull embossed hatbox carried by Madonna and Rosanna Arquette in the movie.

“After the film wrapped, I don’t think Sarah or Madge thought about the significance of these items, never thought of the monetary value they might someday attain – they just wanted them as keepsakes,” Nolan explained. “But with memorabilia like this hitting records, they decided it was time to let them go, either to a collector or to a museum where they may be enjoyed by many.”

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Silvia Venturini Fendi defends Fendi’s fur use

Silvia Venturini Fendi has defended Fendi’s decision to continue to use fur in its designs.In recent months, many high fashion brands have pledged to go fur-free, including Burberry, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, Michael Kors and Versace. In spi…

Silvia Venturini Fendi has defended Fendi’s decision to continue to use fur in its designs.

In recent months, many high fashion brands have pledged to go fur-free, including Burberry, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, Michael Kors and Versace.

In spite of many labels opting for a more ethical approach to fashion, Fendi is still renowned for its use of fur, and Venturini Fendi stands by this choice as she believes fur is particularly divisive merely on account of the material’s association with wealth and luxury.

“Fur is a controversial thing, but if you think carefully there’s not so much difference from fur and leather. (Only) because fur was considered a luxury item, albeit the old concept of luxury,” she explained in an interview with British GQ, adding that she’s pleased that men are now embracing the trend. “It was something that wealthy men gave to women as presents, so I like the fact that men are wearing something that’s such an emblem of femininity.”

The brand’s creative director for accessories and menswear is overjoyed by the similarities in men’s and women’s collections today, and proclaimed that modern men are a “bit more free to express themselves” than they were previously.

And although the Italian fashion house is no stranger to a celebrity collaboration, with Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and North West fronting a recent Fendi Peekaboo bag campaign, Venturini Fendi admitted that she rarely finds herself overwhelmed by the rich and famous.

“Celebrities, we’re not so obsessed. I like normality,” she shrugged. “I remember once when we had the studio on top of the shop when they called and said, ‘Madonna is down here, can you come?’ And she was shopping like a normal person, which I found so nice. How can I go down there? I don’t want to stop her. You leave her alone.”

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Andrea Riseborough put off blockbusters after making Tom Cruise’s Oblivion

Andrea Riseborough never wants to make another blockbuster again following “bad experiences” filming Tom Cruise movie Oblivion.In a new interview, The Battle of the Sexes star has described how she felt isolated on the set of the 2013 film and worried …

Andrea Riseborough never wants to make another blockbuster again following “bad experiences” filming Tom Cruise movie Oblivion.

In a new interview, The Battle of the Sexes star has described how she felt isolated on the set of the 2013 film and worried about her body, as there was a constant debate over whether she was the right shape for her role as a communications officer and romantic partner of Tom’s hero.

“Oblivion was a bad experience for me,” she told British newspaper The Times. “It was hard because it was quite an isolated experience. There were only two ladies on set and a small female presence on the crew.

“There was quite a lot of talk about whether my body was the right size or not – too big or too small, not muscly or long enough. I can almost laugh at things like that now but at the time it was very lonely.”

Andrea, 36, added that the experience taught her how to “take care” of herself on set and talk to people about her problems – but she had another rough experience on another movie when the script was changed without her approval to diminish her character’s role.

Her negative feelings about the two films have left the actress, who now produces female-led movies through her Mother Sucker production firm, vowing never to sign up to star in a blockbuster again.

“I think that (making another big-budget studio movie) would kill me,” she insisted. “I am up for really anything in the fight for the ovary but I do think it would f**king kill me. I don’t know if I could deal with the misogyny.”

The British star got her big break in Hollywood starring in Madonna’s critically derided 2011 movie about the life of Wallis Simpson, W.E., and although the film was a flop, she learned a lot from the popstar-turned-director.

“When I first met M (Madonna) I was in awe of just how ‘woman’ she is,” Andrea explained. “So powerful. And that gave me a lot of confidence in myself. She was a really good example for me of someone who just owned being a woman on a really basic level that I couldn’t do for a long time.”

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