Lookbook #5: Madonna NYC83

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

I have a longstanding love of Madonna (just scroll to the end of this post to see how long!) and when I first spotted this book in Melbourne, I knew it had to be mine.

It’s a gritty yet glam walk down memory lane beginning in May of 1983 when photographer Richard Corman got a call from his mother who was casting for a Scorcese film. Over the phone, she told Richard of a woman she’d just met. “She’s an original! I’ve never met anyone like her!”

Richard obliged his mother’s wishes and followed Madonna across the Lower East Side and later to some of her earliest gigs. Of this time in Madonna’s career, he said, “She was amazing, but she was also a part of a movement of creativity where the more you pushed, the more it yielded — and there were so many young artists all pushing at once.”

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Truthfully, these photos and scans just can’t do the book full justice — it’s beautiful. The cover of the book resembles a tightly wrapped canvas and is a piece of art in its own right (I keep my copy sitting out in my office).

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

Back on the subject of my longstanding love of all things Madonna, it all started around 1985. After preschool, I’d hang out with my teenage cousin Tracy and to kill time, we’d play dress-up. She had all the cool belts, bandanas, rubber bracelets and black layers. I was always a willing subject to impersonate Madonna!

Nubby Twiglet | Madonna NYC83 Book

“This is an invasion of privacy! Why won’t the paparazzi leave me alone?! Oh sorry…it’s just you again, Aunt Shannon.” Huge props to my aunt who always had a camera handy and captured the drama of my childhood!


Featured title: Richard Corman: Madonna NYC 83
Photos and scans: Shauna Haider
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20 Responses to Lookbook #5: Madonna NYC83

  1. Rei says:

    Oh my goodness! Everyone should be so lucky as to have awesome childhood photos like that. I think the closest I come are the typical “look at me, I’m wearing a bucket on my head and only one boot” kind of photos lol.

    • Shauna says:

      Kim: I have my much older (and cooler!) cousin to thank. I still remember her bedroom walls, which were covered floor to ceiling in Duran Duran, Madonna and Billy Idol posters. Oh, to have been a teenager in the 80s!

      • Kim says:

        Ha! I was in mid school/high school during the Madonna days. Imagine wearing a bustier to school. Before dress codes, for sure. I (sadly/luckily) don’t have much photographic evidence of those days. But sometimes I wish I had a picture or two of me with my fire-engine red hair and totally 80s goth wardrobe!

    • Shauna says:

      Gala: I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s so funny looking at the photos now and still recognizing so many of those East Village backdrops.

    • Shauna says:

      Kelly Brito: Thank you! And I love looking at these old photos of her because even back then, you can sense her confidence and drive. Always an inspiration.

  2. Ali says:

    what a cool book! and that feathered fringe you’re sporting was my mum’s go to dance concert hairstyle for me… I hated it! I never looked like Madonna, I just looked like I’d got the front of my hair stuck in the hairdryer.

  3. Jillian Boyd says:

    Oh my God, those are the most adorable childhood pictures I’ve ever seen. Beats me trying to be all five Spice Girls at once…

    The book looks brilliant. I love a bit of early Madonna.

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