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Madonna: Every pop princess' style icon

Top designers have shared their admiration for Madonna.

The iconic singer has been in the charts since the early 80s and has become just as famous for her fashion as her music.

Tonight she kicks of her Rebel Heart Tour in Montreal, which will see her wear an array of costumes from various high-end brands. Moschino, helmed by Jeremy, is one of them, and the designer feels privileged to have his creations put in the limelight by such a star.

“She opened the door for all the pop girls out there today, many of whom I dress and who do respect her and give her props,” he told WWD. “We all owe her a debt of gratitude.”

Alexander Wang also makes the cut and he admits he's "crazy about her". He also admires her priorities when choosing what outfits to wear on stage, putting practicality over appearance.

“For her, the performance comes first. She has to be able to dance and move and feel comfortable in it,” he added.

Costume designer Arianne Phillips has worked closely with Madonna over five tours as well as tending to other A-listers like Lenny Kravitz. She revealed a secret about Madonna, explaining the 57-year-old waits until her choreography is fully set before finalising her costumes.

“It’s a real back-and-forth conversation and it’s a brutal process for most fashion designers. You’re hanging in the balance while all the practical aspects are worked out, like the choreography and the quick-changes," Arianne added.

“A stylist is like being a yenta. My job is finding out what’s relevant and what’s appropriate for the story Madonna’s trying to tell."

The Rebel Heart Tour runs until March 27 2016, when Madonna will finish her fifth leg in Brisbane.

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