My Mother kept a watchful eye on Madonna and what she was teaching me. I'm sure her 13 year old princess fervently singing Like a Virgin, rattled her maternal instincts a little.. a lot.
But in the end, my parents (who between them have seen every movie ever made) taught me a lot about being inspired by another artist, and reinterpreting a theme, a mood, a look... through the power of Madonna.
There was the obvious comparison to Marilyn, with Material Girl, the androgynous look taken directly from Marlene Dietrich and the corseted Madonna not so subtly mimicking Horst's The Mainbocher.
Years later, Christina, Britney, and (doing a little curtsy) the Lady Gaga and Gleeks all over the world have all been inspired by Madge. I'm not a Gleek ... Bless their hearts. I watch Glee while doing the dishes or folding laundry... not really into the high school drama of it all, but the singing and dancing (yes I know, that's 50% of the show) is fantastically choreographed within an inch of its life. The Power of Madonna episode is brilliant! Sue Sylvester's performance is on another level. We ALL can relate to striking a pose. I can strike a pose with the best of them, well... maybe not the best, but you feel me.
One of my favorite interpretation of the Material Girl's work is this one from the Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge.
SPECIAL FOR STYLE SHEPHERD FOLLOWERS:
This weeks Style Shepherd Giveaway is inspired by this picture of Madonna To win this chunky gold link necklace from Wishing Well Cottage you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd, and leave a comment about your favorite Madonna performance. You can comment as many times as you like, as long as each comment is about a different performance. Each winner will be chosen by random.org and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 11:59PM EST.
The winners will be notified and announced on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Good Luck!