When I started making this jacket I discovered a lot of people loved this movie as much as I did. I was a huge Madonna fan when I was little, and still am. While the movie isn’t exactly Oscar material, it was entertaining and really embodied Madonna’s unique 80s style. The stand-out piece in the costume wardrobe was that jacket, reportedly owned by Jimi Hendrix…or was it Elvis? Either way, we all wanted one. And now you can have your very own Desperately Seeking Susan jacket!
I’m always working on new jackets and post them when they are ready for sale. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below and if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with jacket color preference and size. You’ll get an e-mail when one is ready.
Desperately Seeking Susan jacket
1) Is this an exact replica?
No. These are handmade and each jacket is different. I would consider them more like “artistic interpretations.” This is not a manufactured replicated copy.
2) Why don’t you take custom orders?
Each jacket takes a long time to do and each one turns out a little different. I don’t use stencils for the design. Also, fabric availability comes and goes. I want people to know exactly what they are getting when they buy this, so each jacket is made then photographed and posted with several photos and details.
3) How often do you make them?
I only make about 10 a year. They take a long time to do and I often work on one in bits and pieces for a month before it is ready.
4) Where can I buy one?
People on the waiting list get a chance to buy them before they are posted for sale. If there are no takers, then jackets are posted for sale when ready at:
If you’d like to be added, just e-mail me at email@example.com and include what size and color you are most interested in.
5) How much do they cost?
Jackets are priced anywhere from $150 – $350 depending on materials used and how they come out.
6) Is the back design embroidered?
No. The current design is a mix of fabric paint, sequins and satin fabric. Everything is done by hand, with no pattern, stencils or iron-ons. Each jacket is a little different because of that.
7) What is the difference between handmade and upcycled?
While all the jackets are hand-embellished, I do 2 different types:
Handmade – these are fully handmade from scratch start to finish.
Upcycled – these are jackets I have found in thrift stores and thought they would make great Madonna jackets, so I have embellished them and usually changed the collar and cuffs.
8) What sizes do they come in?
Sizes XS-XL, and generally size 2 – 14
9) What color are they?
The real jacket was an olive green with a metallic shimmer, but many people remember it as black. So I make them in 2 colors- an olive green and black. Every jacket is coated with a layer of very fine gold or silver glitter so it gives off a nice shimmer.
10) How do I clean the jacket?
Due to painting and embellishments, I do not recommend dry-cleaning. Try to spot clean and Febreeze. If you must wash, they are best cleaned by hand washing in cold water. You can soak them in soapy water or Woolite, rinse and then hang to dry.
Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket