Olé! Madonna orders tour bullfighting suits
Jessica Jones · 8 Apr 2015, 16:39
Published: 08 Apr 2015 16:39 GMT+02:00
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A tailor in the northern Spanish region of Zaragoza has made two "complete" trajes de luces for Madonna to wear during her upcoming Rebel Heart tour, as well as a cape and various items of matador related clothing for the singer’s backing dancers.
The tailoring company, run by Alfredo Roqueta, was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement and had to make some unique alternations to the traditional bullfighter’s costume for the pop megastar.
Shunning the religious imagery usually associated with the suits, the pop star requested a giant M in place of the customary Jesus or Mary embroidered into the bullfighter's costume.
The pop star, who has been embracing a bullfighting theme throughout her performances of material from her new album, will play Barcelona in November as part of her 35-date Rebel Heart tour.
Animal rights activists were quick to accuse Madonna of "glamourizing gore", with PETA UK director, Mimi Bekhechi telling The Local that "Madonna has clearly lost her footing with outfit choices for her tour."
"If Madonna wants to ingratiate herself to audiences she might consider choreography that reflects something less offensive than imitating a bloody spectacle where an exhausted animal is speared stabbed and weakened until finally, its spine is severed with a dagger," Bekhechi told The Local.
The megastar’s representatives originally browsed on toroshopping.com (bullshopping.com in English) according to Spanish daily 20 minutes, which then directed them to the Zaragoza-based tailor.
Tailor Daniel Roqueta Utebo managed to complete the bullfighting suits in 12 days "weekends and overtime" explained manager, Alfredo Roqueta.
Because of the lack of time, the tailors had to eschew part of the manual work, including the stitching on of sequins, and instead opted to use machines to speed up the process, making the suits "lighter and more comfortable".
They went for the custom made option after originally having looked for a second hand suit.
The singer’s measurements were sent to the tailor via email and neither she, nor her dancers, visited the tailors, who at first did not even realise they were making bullfighting suits for such a famous client.
Daniel Roqueta is no stranger to international clients, having recently designed jackets for the designer Moschino. US actress Sara Jessica Parker wore a bullfighter’s jacket from toroshopping.com on the cover of the magazine Smoda, and currently appears on the front page of the website.
Madonna will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the incident at the Brit Awards which saw her hurled to the ground after a "cape malfunction" during her performance.