Madonna’s birthday: We remember her iconic cone bra

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Written by Hilary Whiteman, CNN

Delving into the archives of pop culture history, “Remember When?” is a new series offering a nostalgic look at the celebrity outfits that defined their eras.

Remember when Madonna caused a sharp intake of breath by dancing on stage in her underwear? Ok, that’s happened quite a few times so we’ll narrow it down: cone bra.

Those two words have become synonymous with a superstar who has created so many signature looks over the last four decades that it’s hard to pick just one.

Madonna’s pink satin cone bra made its first appearance through strategically placed slits in a black Jean Paul Gaultier suit as she emerged on stage during her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990.

Bare-chested male dancers helped paint a distinctly industrial scene, gyrating against a backdrop of oversized cogs and hissing pistons. As the fog cleared, the original Material Girl was lifted on an open elevator to the stage, where she peered through her monocle and asked the crowd, “Do you believe in love? Well, I’ve got something to say about it…”

Madonna performing in her cone shaped bra from the Blond Ambition tour. Credit: Getty Images

At the time, the superstar, who turns 61 today, was in her early 30s and dominating the pop world. She had just released her fourth studio album “Like a Prayer,” an intentionally controversial offering that laced Catholic references with overt sexiness, prompting calls for boycott from Pope John Paul II.

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