Madonna, the one and only. A cover collaboration created exclusively for the first edition of L’OFFICIEL IBIZA by internationally renowned photographer Ricardo Gomes and multimedia artist Portis Wasp.
This project was born to pay a tribute to a contemporary icon who has defined, influenced and informed today’s culture and aesthetics through her music and style. With a firm nod to nostalgia, Madonna has soundtracked the future, thanks to songs that have become legends in their own right. Courageous and nonconformist, provocative and avant-garde, Madonna is the embodiment of the lyric found in one of her songs – ‘Express yourself, don’t repress yourself,’ – a manifesto for a life lived in the spotlight.
“Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free, this is where I long to be, la isla bonita”
In honour of Madonna and her first Latin-pop single La Isla Bonita, launched in 1987, we have created a tribute to this most alluring of icons. Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Burberry and a long time friend and collaborator of Madonna, has used his own words to celebrate both their enduring friendship and the island of Ibiza.
‘Let’s keep in mind one part of this iconic song, which may best describe the vibe of Ibiza: Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free, this is where I long to be, la isla bonita.’
‘Madonna is a real-life friend and working with her is always effortless, like collaborating with family.’
‘I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with Madonna the icon, the artist, the woman for whom I have so much respect and admiration.’
‘I love Madonna. She evokes emotions ın me. I am someone who needs emotions and needs to transmit them. If that weren’t the case, I’d be better off changing professions..
Photography RICARDO GOMES
Artwork & collage PORTIS WASP
Text by Giampietro Baudo