Fashion Collaborations: In Concert

Madonna Givenchy Sticky Sweet tour sketch

There's a great history of designers creating outrageous outfits for singers to showcase on tour. American designer Bob Mackie is probably most famous for creating stage costumes for the likes of Cher, Diana Ross and Tina Turner. While Jean Paul Gaultier gained notoriety for conceiving the cone bra corset Madonna wore for her Blonde Ambition tour back in 1990. 

Madonna in Gaultier on her Confessions tour.Madonna Givenchy Sticky Sweet tour sketch

Gaultier has had a long relationship with Madonna and was also commissioned by the pop star to come up with looks for her Confessions tour in 2006. Her outlandish Gothic equestrian garb, which radiated Gaultier's extreme aesthetic, even included a top hat. 

Givenchy created the clothing for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour.

When it came time to head out on the Sticky & Sweet tour in 2008, Madonna relied on Givenchy to play costume designer. The French fashion house designed several pieces including a gypsy-themed stretch chiffon dress set off with fuchsia metal chains and colorful ribbons along with a coordinating necklace. 

For her recent Les Folies Tour, Kylie Minogue partnered with Dolce & Gabbana to design costumes for the road.

Kylie Monogue tour

Check out this over-the-top Aphrodite ensemble she debuted last month; apparently many classic Dolce & Gabbana pieces were reinterpreted for the Aussie songstress. Kylie is no stranger to partnering with high-end designers to provide outfits for her intricate stage shows.

Kylie Minogue wearing Jean Paul Gaultier for her KylieX2008 tour, in an eggplant chiffon spider-like gown.Kylie Minogue in a Gaultier lace-infused geisha getup crowned with a floral headpiece.

She turned to Jean Paul Gaultier for her stylish KylieX2008 tour, and rocked everything from an almost eggplant chiffon spider-like gown to an eclectic, lace-infused geisha getup crowned with a floral headpiece.

Thierry Mugler designed the outfits for Beyonce's Sasha Fierce tour.

Beyonce wearing Thierry Mugler on her Sasha Fierce tour.

Lady Gaga wearing Armani on her Monster's Ball tour.He may have departed from his own fashion empire, which still bares his name, but Thierry Mugler hasn't stopped designing. He put together the flashy stage pieces for Beyonce's I Am… tour in 2009, and also served as the creative adviser for the production.

The semi-retired Mugler fashioned a take-off on the motorcycle bustier he featured in George Michael's Too Funky music video from the 90s, which the designer actually directed. Even though Beyonce was going for a warrior vibe, the singer still needed a few more glam options, like this sparkly gold one-piece with a bow bustle. 

No examination of tour costumes would be complete without Lady Gaga. The singer chose Giorgio Armani to create several pieces for her current tour, The Monster Ball.  There's a reflective mirror dress, complete with matching sunglasses and shoes. The Gaga-Armani bond can be traced back to the satellite gown the performer wore at last year's Grammy's.

Designers will continue to head out on tour, so long as it stays on trend to dress mainstream acts in couture!