Mark Seliger photographs Kerry Washington for Vogue Italia, July 2012, with styling by Arianne Phillips.
"Arianne Phillips Her Magnificent Obsession" feature on Style.com, June 2012
The other people in the exhibit, like Ed Harris, Todd Haynes, and Vittorio Storaro, these are heroes of mine and they are people who have informed my work. To think that I could even be considered in the same context as them is like winning ten Oscars, seriously,” says acclaimed costume designer Arianne Phillips, whose Oscar-nominated creations for Madonna’s filmW.E. are included in the second series (out of three total) of thePersol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, along with various notes, rare sketches, video interviews, and materials from films such asAmélie, Far From Heaven, The Last Emperor, and Million Dollar Baby. “It’s both awesome and daunting—it feels a bit like we aren’t in Kansas anymore,” she says of being included in the project. Modest as she might be, the frequent Madonna collaborator and two-time Oscar nominee has earned her spot in the museum next to the nine other filmmaker greats, like special effects guru Douglas Trumbull and composer Ennio Morricone.
Arianne Phillips' styling for Madonna's MDNA tour featured on Rolling Stone, June 2012
"Madonna kicked off her ambitious MDNA world tour in Tel Aviv last week, unveiling a whole new era of provocation that challenges the present and winks at its own past(s)....The looks are as bold as any she's worn, and clearly pay homage to a pantheon of powerful female archetypes – including, of course, a nod to her own past glories....
Arianne Phillips, who created the ominous ensemble from metal mesh and Swarovski crystals, continues her influence over the design direction of the tour, as she has for the past four Madonna world tours. Since 2008's Sticky & Sweet tour, the spectacle has only grown more massive. 'This show is epic and bigger than anything she’s done before. There are many more costume changes. We’re taking 700 shoes on the road. Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer,' Phillips told WWD. She even costumed the singer's children, who have supporting stage roles throughout the show."