DIY 80’s Madonna Costume ~ Halloween 2003

It’s finally October! …and to kick off the festivities, I’m posting the first of my top ten Halloween costumes.

I totally rocked 80’s Madonna and luckily, my friend Erik Hyler {who just so happens to be a freaking amazing photographer} was there to snap some radical shots. {I only wish I had more!}

I am not embarrassed to say that I did not need to buy a single item for this costume.. yep, I had it all ..even down to that lace glove, which I kept from the 80’s {and still have!}. I only wish I had a full-length shot because I was wearing an awesome mini crinoline, ripped stockings, ruffle socks and ankle boots.

I’ve always been a fan of dressing up and DIY-ing my own costumes instead of buying them. It started with my mom who would hand make them all for me as a kid. Throughout the month of October, I’ll be posting the rest of my top 10 {from various ages} for your viewing pleasure.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Maki

    October 1, 2008 |

    Wow wow wow!!!
    Amazing photos – and seriously, is that you?? WOW!


    October 1, 2008 |

    Oh that is WAY awesome! You look FANTASTIC! Such a great job!!! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Maxie

    October 1, 2008 |

    wow that is freakin awesome! spot on 🙂

  • ~alison

    October 1, 2008 |

    I was around then but I don’t remember this kick ass costume! I remember you dressing as Madonna but I don’t remember how AWESOME it was!


  • Mama Dawg

    October 1, 2008 |

    That is incredible. You NAILED the look!

  • La Belette Rouge

    October 1, 2008 |

    Best Madonna costume ever. You look fantastic. You are like the Cindy Sherman of Halloween!

  • cybill

    October 1, 2008 |

    I thought it was Madonna! You did it better than her.

  • Leigh

    October 1, 2008 |

    You look so awesome, I love Madonna, and Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday. Just fun with no expectations that the other holidays hold. I cannot wait. :))

  • merc3069

    October 1, 2008 |

    Wow! I have been various incarnations of Madonna several times, but none this good!

  • Wep

    October 1, 2008 |

    OMG those are AMAZING!!!

  • Dapper Kid

    October 1, 2008 |

    Holy smokes…AMAZING is all I can say!

  • Rachel

    October 1, 2008 |

    Wow girly you look smokin HOT! Better than Madonna in the 80s’.

    thanks for the well wishes…they mean a lot!

  • bianca

    October 1, 2008 |

    I LOVE that you didn’t need to buy anything for that costume. I especially like the gloves. I was going to a dance a few years ago and I really wanted lace gloves like that and I couldn’t find them anywhere. And a few weeks ago I saw some in “Hot Topic”. My oh my how the 80s are back.

  • Sarah

    October 1, 2008 |

    my mom always made costumes too. something about that, i absolutely cannot buy a costume now. plus all the store costumes are a slutty this or a slutty that. so uncreative!

  • Katie

    October 1, 2008 |

    thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    I seriously thought that was Madonna in the first photo! DAMN you look hot! 🙂 I loved the 80s Madonna. yep, had to be my favorite.


    October 1, 2008 |

    Holy shizzz woman you totally recreated her look! This is an amazing costume!!!

  • please sir

    October 1, 2008 |

    Wow – you look rockin’! That is great!

  • PBW

    October 1, 2008 |

    Wow! You gave me an 80s flashback!

  • we wear things

    October 1, 2008 |

    seriously!?!! you make a freakin awesome madonna!! like perfect costume! love it.

  • ~M

    October 1, 2008 |

    Great costume, Maegan! But most of all, I love your Mary Oliver quote at the bottom of your blog! Amazing! I am a huge fan of hers and love to see other people recognize her talent.

  • Savvy Mode SG

    October 1, 2008 |

    you rock girl!!!

  • Aubrey

    October 1, 2008 |

    Ok, now THAT is a great costume. You look fab! I can’t wait to see your other ones!!

  • Christina Lee

    October 1, 2008 |

    That totally rocks- I will come backto see the rest! glad I stopped by….

  • Courtney

    October 2, 2008 |

    it’s freaky how you nailed every single detail of that costume. You look great! Can’t wait to see the rest of the top 10!

  • Live.Love.Eat

    October 2, 2008 |

    Hey there. I came over from She’s Lump. We’re different but that’s what I like 🙂 I’ll keep checking back in. And I REALLY thought that was Madonna until I started reading!! Outrageous!!!!

  • Vain and Vapid

    October 2, 2008 |

    Omg, I am so totally impressed. The costume is perfect and it’s definitely my favorite Madonna era.

  • RIN

    October 23, 2008 |

    that’s totally what i was planning on being this halloween…you costume was awesome!

  • Conversation Pieces

    October 21, 2009 |

    Brilliant… can’t wait to see what you do this year! (I’m obviously a little late in stumbling across this post!!)

  • Kathy Laraway Decker

    January 7, 2012 |

    Just wanted to let you know…I almost didn’t finish my costume, because I found yours on a Google search and then got addicted to your blog, which I have yet to put a serious dent in. Anyway, I was preparing for an 80’s costume contest at Hollywood Slots and Casino, in Bangor, ME, last week, New Year’s Eve. Well, I was one of the five winners! We had a lot of fun, and my husband was so proud, and I think a little turned on, ha ha! So, today, I was looking for leather bracelet ideas on Google image, and there you are again, or at least your hand! Long story short, I love your style, your story, and your attitude. Keep it up! You light up my life! PS you can check out my costume on fb, if you like. I too didn’t get a full body shot. You can’t see my (repurposed sweater sleeve)leg warmers and canvas sneakers.

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