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Madonna's designer: I worked like an alien

Madonna's costume designer felt like "E.T." when he was hand-stitching her outfits on a plane.

The singer wowed crowds in London last night as she performed her MDNA tour in Hyde Park. Her outlandish outfits were designed by John Paul Gaultier, who revamped the famous conical corset bra from her 1990's Blond Ambition tour.

Also responsible for dressing Madonna is the lesser-known designer Fausto Puglisi who created the furs, chains and ram masks seen on her backing dancers.

The clothes creator has revealed what it's like working for the Queen of Pop.

"It all started during the promotion of Music, when Madonna wore my blouses. I was a boy and Arianne [Phillips - Madonna's long-time stylist] and Madonna have trusted me ever since." Puglisi explained to UK newspaper the Telegraph.

"At the MTV Europe Music Awards in Stockholm [in 2000], Madonna wore an amazing Dolce & Gabbana red cowboy suit and I designed bling-bling, Swarovski accessories for her. I can't forget all the work I did by hand, putting hundreds of crystals and beads on while flying from Rome to New York.

"The hostesses were looking at me like I was E.T."

The 36-year-old Sicilian is quickly building up a reputation in the fashion industry. His flamboyant creations that suit the Madonna tour so well have also caught the eye of super star divas Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé Knowles. Despite his influence on Madonna's style, Puglisi believes the real credit for the star's look should be given elsewhere.

"It's all about the incredible work of Arianne Phillips [Madonna's long-time stylist]." Puglisi revealed. "She knows what works on Her Madgesty."

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