80s Party Costume Ideas: Madonna – Like a Virgin

Madonna has, from the beginning, been a trail blazer, a fashion maker, and a boundary pusher. That she is still around, unlike other 80s pop stars that went out with parachute pants, is a testament to her instinctive understanding about pop culture and what people want. For these reasons (and others), Madonna makes the ideal model for your 80s party costume.Madonna costume idea

For the costume, you can combine aspects of the Madonna look from the Lucky Star era with that of her Like a Virgin period. Use images from her albums and music videos as inspiration. Also, check our the pictures on our fashion page devoted to the Madonna look.

Madonna Costume Elements

  • Heavy eye makeup
  • Wavy, wild hair (or wig)
  • Lace, fingerless gloves
  • LOTS of bracelets
  • Dangly earrings (hearts & crosses were faves of hers)
  • Bustier type top (black tank could also work)
  • Skirt
  • Leggings
  • Black ankle boots

User-Submitted Madonna Costume Pics

This is a great example of this costume pulled together: Madonna Costume Madonna and Joan Jett costumes

Dude in a Madonna Costume

Who says the Madonna costume is only for gals? I think this dude’s beard adds a certain something.

You might find it easier to start with a pre-made Madonna costume and then add your own accessories to that. There are several available for under $40 on Amazon.

Author: Pia Sooney

Just a little obsessed with all things 80s, Pia still has her Swatch, her cassette tape collection, and her Converse Chucks. When not making friendship pins or listening to Depeche Mode, she runs a web design business.

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