Friday 24 May 2019

Madonna sports Irish designer's glove in new video for latest release Medellin

Madonna performs
Madonna performs "Medellin" at the Billboard Music Awards

Sorcha O'Connor and Eugene Masterson

You have to hand it to Madonna - she has been a fashion icon for decades and now she is sporting some of Dublin's best gloves.

Irish designer Paula Rowan is the creator of the elbow-length leather gloves chosen by the Queen of Pop for the video for her latest release, Medellin.

It is the first single from Madonna in three years and is from her forthcoming album Madame X.

Paula, from Blackrock, said she was "thrilled" to see the 60-year-old superstar in the video wearing a black pair of the gloves, which retail at €325.


"I'm over the moon about it, it's a bit of a coup," Paula told the Sunday World.

"At the end of the day, I'm a small brand and when you're recognised internationally it's a testament to your work - it's very nice recognition.

"She is wearing my gloves, the black ones, and her dancers are wearing them as well.

Paula Rowan
Paula Rowan

"She requested to keep a pair of my black ones. They are elbow-length ones and are called Montserrat gloves."

Paula, who runs a boutique in the Westbury Mall off Grafton Street, has had several other famous customers over the years, most recently reality TV star and model Kendall Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame.

Kendall posed naked in a shoot for Vogue back in February wearing just a pair of Paula's gloves, which have also appeared in numerous other issues of Vogue.

Other clients of Paula include Princess Charlene of Monaco, Ronnie Wood, Martin Scorsese and actor Richard E Grant.

Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, wore a pair when she met Queen Elizabeth during her husband's first official visit to the UK.

However, Paula said none of them have walked into her shop themselves.

"This would come through their stylists or people of that level," she said.

"The gloves were worn by Kendall Jenner in Italian Vogue in the February issue. It was a huge spread and my gloves were in seven different shots - so a lot of demand may be coming from that exposure.

"They are photographed for the main Vogue fashion shoot pretty much every month at this point. A lot of Irish people wouldn't know that."

Paula said to see Kendall wearing her design was "huge".

"Kendall is one of the highest-paid models in the world - the effect that type of person has on your glove is absolutely huge for a small brand. For me it's a huge accolade," she said.

"Each glove is made by hand and takes three months to produce. They are all handmade in Italy.

"I am a leather goods specialist. In the shop, I sell bags from other producers, smaller brands that people don't know.

"It's more about the quality and the finish of the leather."


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