Madonna's Over-the-Top Super Bowl Looks: All the Details!

02/06/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

Madonna Halftime Show Super Bowl 2012
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Her halftime show scored mixed reviews (full disclosure: we loved it!) but Madonna‘s Super Bowl Sunday style was a total touchdown. The Material Girl performed a series of hits in an elaborate black-and-gold wardrobe made by Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci (accented with megawatt earrings by Bulgari) and seamlessly transitioned between looks.

Madonna started her performance in a gold cape hand-embroidered with gold metal cut-out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes, lined in a leopard-print chiffon. She paired that with a gold, crystal-covered hat. She then changed — on stage! — into a black mini-dress (top left) with a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with removable matching flaps. (The guys of LMFAO — who wore Beats by Dr. Dre headphones studded with 114 carats of Graff diamonds — peeled that off of her after their cameo.)

For the “Like a Prayer” finale — which featured Cee Lo Green — the singer covered up in a silk cady black coat hand-embroidered with black sequins and micro pearls (top right). Throughout the performance, she also wore hand-embroidered nappa leather gloves and killer black boots.

Madonna Halftime Show Super Bowl 2012
Courtesy Givenchy

According to a release, “Madonna’s legendary music met Ricardo Tisci’s codes in what seemed to be the most perfect way.” And the designer himself was pleased with the results. “Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years ago, it is a great honor for me to be part of yet another historical and iconic moment.”

He continues, “People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna. I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us music, but also to make such a statement of performance and fashion.” Tell us: What did you think of Madonna’s Super Bowl style? And did you enjoy her performance?


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Kristine on

I though that her performance last night was one of he best in super Bowl halftime shows

Amber on

Madonna who? I would have much rather watched Lady Ga Ga. Madonna is well past the expiration date.


she looked stunning!!!!!! and her performance was amazing. she did it.

Dora Falconi on

Sorry no one was better than Madonna
a performer,all the way. Love her.

Ilias on

Killer boots indeed. She almost bit the dust.

videoguy16 on

I thought Joan Rivers did a great job on her halftime show.

Lee on

The performance was fantastic on all counts but one. M.I.A. showed very bad taste with her finger flipping. All it did was look bad for her. So much for her in my book. Madonna looked terrific!

Linda Schulman on

Fab-u-lous! Perfect way to come back into the spot light! Loved every minute of it!

Sarafina on

La Bella Madonna!!

sha on

I think the halftime show was hyped up so much beforehand that it was almost disappointing. Ultimately, I think it was fine, but nothing “out of this world.” The outfits were great, but sounds like so much work, detail and craftsmanship went into them for a 15-min show.

KP on

I love Madonna. That being said, her first outfit was very Liz Taylor as Cleopatra (which is fine and was visually stunning), but then her second outfit made her look like She-Ra’s evil twin and the last outfit made her look like a Cenobite (i.e. Pinhead). I kept waiting for her to give me a mystical puzzle box to solve. That being said, it was one of the better half-time performances I can remember in a very long time.

Laurie on

I thought she did a good job. She looks great too. He certainly doesn’t look 53. I’m glad she didn’t fall.

Jeterbug on

In comparison to some of the really bad half-time shows, you have to hand it to Madge. She did a great job. I just wish she didn’t have to have Niki, MIA or LMFAO up there with her – she could have done better solo…

Meri on

She rocked it and I loved every minute of it! Madonna can do no wrong in my book!

Leah on

@ Amber..Nonsense are your comments little girl… Honey, go home, and watch and learn, how it’s done @ 53 years old.. There’s no performer out there that can carry her tune at her age.. I liked to see what Lady Gaga, will be wearing at 53, a walker possibly.. PULZ,,, Lady Gaga..

elizabeth on

I thought the show was awesome and Madonna looked good for her age the only thing is I noticed she wasnt moving to the beats of the music fast enough it seemed like she was afraid of falling or getting hurt.

Isaac on

Madonna’s performance was absolutely STUNNING & ENTERTAINING! She was, is and always will be the Queen of Pop. There really is no one who can compete with her. She has stood the test of time for thirty years and still creates dialogue. Her ratings for the show were higher than the actual game itself. Haters and critics have been trying to bring her down since she started, and part of Madonna’s genius is that she Doesn’t give a F#ck…Mad props to the highest selling female artist of all time. All bow down to the Queen.

hope on

Loved the performance. I have watched every halftime show since 1993 (Michael Jackson) and Madonna did a great job. She is still the one.

Lacy Moore on

Madonna was awesome last night and she looked amazing! I am so proud of her. To fit all of that showmanship into 12 minutes…I don’t think anyone else could have done it. Love Love Love it!

Linda on

I thought the show was great… not too bad for a 53 yr old either! Madonna still puts on a good show!

Lisa on

She does look amazing at her age. She is in great shape and looks healthier than Ive seen in a long time. The only thing that disturbed me is I think she looked a little nervous and stiff in those boots! She moved a little slovver and gingerly than I have seen her in the past. Maybe that slip at the beginning messed her up?

Guest on

Boring halftime show. I thought it lacked energy – Madonna didn’t move well – she looked like she was afraid she would fall down, which she almost did at one point, song choice was lackluster, and except for the costumes and lighting effects, it didn’t have that WOW factor.

fanofboardwalkempire on

I thought that the half-time show lived up to all the hype- It was over the top- Very Madonna and very entertainging which was the whole point of having Madonna perform! The costumes that Madonna wore were awesome!

Christina on

I loved it! She killed it and she showed pure joy up on that stage!

pammigyrl on

If u dont know who madonna is then do the research before u make an opinion . she is 53 she never went away she has always been and will always b , she is the queen ! she has done EVERYTHING already that the lil pop divas r doiun today been there done that already , madonna is fresh and sexy and ready to shut u all up again ! as she has been for years . did u hear of young and dumb ??? hmmm she invited those other acts on for a surprize , great show , hail to the forever material girl .

Jennifer on

I loved her show! i think for her age and whats shes gone through a recent injury she was near flawless. I also think it was one of the best half time shows in a long time!

SEM on

Granny needs to put it away, no one wants to see a 55 year old woman flashing her crotch. She’s become pathetic in her attempts to keep up with the 20 year olds and stay relevant…

lorelei51h on

One of the best performances I have seen in a long time. It was truly enjoyable and quintessential Madonna. The song with Cee Lo was extraordinary.

M Finucan on

This was the best super bowl half time show EVER!
As far as I’m concerned, the MIA gesture meant nothing to me, it was all about performance and it
was SUPER!! Great job Madonna and friends!!

RobertSean on

Madonna did a horrible performance. It was lip synched and the dancing was weak. It was good to see she still isn’t original. Complete rip off of Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite tour.

carolyn nadeau on

I truly enjoyed Madonna’s halftime show.
After having so many flub up’s with previous shows, she provided a great American football halftime show.

Kate on

i wanna know who made the boots!! i want them!

Tracy on

Great Half-time show Madonna despite the mishap

Mickey on

I thought the whole performance was boring…the outfits were OK….Kelly Clarkson looked and sounded way better than Madonna…oh wait ..that’s because she was live and not pre-recorded! Lady Gaga would have been way better!!

Edna P. Iadiano on

Sorry the material girl looks fantastic at her age and I’m disappointed she didn’t go with her figure flattering looks iconic of her over the years. She’s got a great body! Show it! I am sorry but I wasn’t impressed. She looks beautiful I will give her that but she moved super slow and cautious and it showed. She is well known for her over the top performance and I am sorry to say but this was not one of her better shows.

Erin on

“Michael Lee Bush
no…. that was NOT MJJ’s “Remember The Time” costume,,, Madonna did her own thing,, but thanks for asking……”

a comment from MJ’s designer

Lydia on

I admire the guts it took for someone like Madonna to perform at this event, such pressure, so much expectation for someone her age, who again needs to reinvent herself…I love her and admire her but I feel it fell short of all the hype. I was glad to see some great Cameos, but it all seemed a bit “Star Search meets Solid Gold” to me. Having seen her in her early years, I feel she is declining and can do so much better. One cannot deny her stamina, her willingness to do it all but LIPSYNCHING??? Really? Come on, she is so much better than that and that was a HUGE creative mistake. I adore the visuals created by our Montreal company, that was superb and avant- garde. I hope she learns from this and chooses to sing next time. Most of us prefer to hear a few pitchy notes to a recorded track.

itspeep on

i too think it was one of the best half time shows of all time, by far.. Truly amazing!

AtlantaLady on

She was covered up like a Muslim. I assume this was because of NFL requirements…. then again, Madonna has always made fashion choices that left me scratching my head and asking, why, if you could wear anything in the world, would you wear THAT?

I am not dissing the designer, but for a hot rock performance, her costumes left me bored and itchy.

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Judiann on

Madonna was “THE BEST EVER”! She is an outstanding performer and I thought it was the best half-time show I have seen in years! Such a DIVA!

Ted on

I do have not really liked Madonna but I feel she put on one of the best Super Bowl half time shows that I can remember and I have seen them all and I am 80 years old.

Samantha on

I thought the show was entertaining and was a good mix of stars. It was good to hear songs from when I was younger; I sang along and my kids looked at me like I was nuts!

Brad on

Never been a big fan of hers, but I am now.

Donna on

I think she looked nervous. Did she really need to have the other singers. Did she feel the need to validate herself or make herself relevant by having the other current singers with her. Seems she maybe a little insecure about her status now as a singer. I definitely prefer her over Lady Gaga because Madonna was the original “over the top” artist.

shay on

Look, I’m all for older women showing they are still strong, independent and viable women. All for it. But I didn’t like the show simply because it was nothing more than re-hashing the 80’s, 90’s and her earlier music in new costumes. I thought it was boring. If it weren’t for the dancers, the electical show, etc….she would have NO SHOW!

I just think they should have chosen someone a little more “in date” and exciting than Madonna. She’s not a worldwide crowd appeal anymore and that’s what you need for these shows.

Jennifer on

That was, without a doubt, the best Super Bowl half-time show I have ever seen. I’m not a huge Madonna fan, but I knew she would do a good job. Go, Madonna!!

Stacy on

When your 52 and awesome, you have no expiration date. She was incredible. I’m 50 and she had me up on my feet and dancing like a girl. Entertainers like Madonna are very few and in between, most just come and go. She’ll be around as long as she has an audience and from I could hear, she had her audience… the palm of her hand.

hayley on

The thing that bothered me most is that she lip syn. her songs (bad taste and in agreement with Elton John’s comment of her doing this in her concerts!). Her performance was rather glitzy/glittery and she tried rather yard to prove she can dance/sing like her younger days but her career is old news for todays market, dont you think? Sure, I like the older songs when she was younger and she can still sing them well. But nostalgia is overused these days. Much prefer Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc. to see at the superbowl in the future. Madonna you had your day. Time to let the new singers sing.

Diane on

Can’t stand her in what she represents, or her sexual morals, however her performance and this show was FABULOUS!

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Sharon on

Madonna was too slow and too old to try what she did. Sad we can*t accept when Our age has come and we need to act it

Minette on

madonna rocked the stage again.awesome performance and look. :)

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