Own a major slice of celebrity and film history! Madonna wore this extraordinary ivory beaded couture gown for her portrayal of Eva Perón in the unforgettable 1996 film "Evita". Madonna campaigned to play the role of Evita and used her popstar status to acquire it. Many other actresses were considered to play the role such as Elaine Paige, Liza Minnelli, Cher and Meryl Streep. The film was a huge success for Madonna, who up until this time had not fared well in her acting exploits. Madonna even won a Best Actress Golden Globe Award for her performance as the First Lady of Argentina.
Madonna wears this gorgeous gown in the scenes at the Inaugural Ball as she dances and movingly sings the song, "High Flying, Adored." The fabric itself is a masterpiece; high quality silk satin that has been heavily adorned with hand set red jewels, pearls, rhinestones and glass beads. I love the chic cut-out neckline which rests on the collarbone and scoops low in the back. The gown flows into an hourglass nipped waist where it breaks into a unique zig-zag design. The piece work to create the skirting in particular is extraordinary. The yards of luxurious silk satin personify the feminine ideal in clothing. We photographed the garment with and without a petticoat so you can see the true fullness. Not only was this an iconic look for the character but Madonna was also featured in the October 1996 issue of Vogue magazine wearing this gown. With Madonna worn garments fetching extremely high prices at auction (her 'Desperately Seeking Susan' jacket went for $252,000, while her wedding dress to actor Sean Penn in 1985 sold for $81,250) this is a true once in a lifetime opportunity without the pressure of competitive bidding. This is such a museum worthy piece of fashion and celebrity history that will instantly become a favorite in your collection. Would also make an epic bridal moment!
Bust: 34-35 inches
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: Free Sweep
Total Length: 58 inches
This Madonna 'Evita' film-worn gown (costume designer Penny Rose) is in excellent condition with no noticeable rips, holes or discoloration. Original "Palace Costume Co." label inside. Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity. The gown was originally made for the actress Carol Lawrence and then worn by actress Daryl Hannah while accompanying John F. Kennedy, Jr. to meet the Queen of England. Highly wearable and a collector's piece that will continue to increase in value.