As Miley Cyrus rocks out in the third season of “Hannah Montana,” she channels Madonna circa 1985.
And, somehow, on this cute and playful 15-year-old, tiered miniskirts, leopard prints and fingerless gloves look good – so get ready for masses of mini-Montanas to emulate the look of the tween favourite, even if they are too young to know its true origin.
The look was created mostly for Cyrus’s on-stage persona Hannah to wear, says costume designer Dalhia Foroutan, but hints of the ’80s have crept into most of the cast’s wardrobe.
The teenage stars are too young to remember ripped-neck sweatshirts or legwarmers the first time around, but they do recognize it as retro and think it’s cool, she says.
Foroutan also works with Cyrus on her concert wardrobe and has also slipped in some intentional flashbacks from Madonna’s “Lucky Star” and “Like a Virgin” days.
“I didn’t like her (Madonna) so much in the ’80s, but looking back, she was so new and different and she really influenced fashion in the ’80s. I respect her for that,” Foroutan says.
One of Madonna’s great fashion legacies is that today’s teens have adopted her well-crafted careless look.
“It’s girlie, rocker, thrift shop. It says ‘I don’t care’ but it took an hour to pile on and rip those fishnets. To anyone who knows anything about getting dressed, you knew it took a long time to put together, Foroutan says.