Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket Original Sold for over $200,000

Thirty years after the release of Desperately Seeking Susan, the love for the movie and Madonna’s iconic style is still running strong as exemplified by the recent auction where the original jacket from the movie was sold for $252,000 and that famous single earring went for $34,375.

As an 80s kid, I was in LOVE with that movie and wanted that jacket so bad! So when I started making costumes, that jacket was always on my to-do list. I started out with the common misconception that the jacket was black. I also thought it was leather! I was wrong on both accounts. The material is a metallic dark green with gold threads as shown in these photos of the original jacket posted for the Rock-n-Roll Auction.

I do make my own version, which is an olive color with a slight sheen to it. And because so many people still request it in black, I’ll soon be doing it in black as well! I call it the Desperately 80s Jacket. My back design is the same idea but on a slightly smaller scale. Definitely a fan-made ode to the movie and not an exact replica. I really enjoy making these though!

Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket replica Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

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!

Jackets are currently available through my website in sizes XS-3X! Click here to get one for yourself.

Desperately Seeking Susan jacket

Desperately Seeking Susan jacket


1) Is this an exact replica?

No. These are handmade and I would consider them more like “artistic interpretations.” This is not a manufactured copy. Please don’t ask me to make an exact replica- what you see is what I make.

2) Do you take custom requests?

Only for sizing. I can do a custom size, but it is $50 extra because I have to draft an entirely new pattern before making it.

3) How often do you make them?

I try to keep them made and ready now!

4) Where can I buy one?

On my website at:

5) How much do they cost?

The deluxe version with fabric embellishments and sequins is $225 and the standard heat-press version is $150

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 patterns or stencils.

7) What is the difference between Deluxe and the regular jacket?

Both jackets themselves are the same- the difference is in the back design. The standard jacket is a heat-press design with glitter accents. The deluxe is closer to the original and uses red satin fabric for the banner, hand painted text, gold sequins and gold glitter details.

8) What sizes do they come in?


9) What color are they?

Same as the real deal- olive green

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.

Looks like we finally found Susan!

The Halloween pictures are starting to come in! First up is Madonna (aka Samantha) rocking one of the few Desperately Seeking Susan style jackets we managed to get done this Halloween. Samantha nailed the look from head to toe. I suspect she may have had some experience teasing her hair before…

Desperately Seeking Susan costume

Desperately Seeking Susan costume

Desperately Seeking Susan jacket back in stock!

We make a very limited amount of these because they take so long to do! Since it is a rare item, we thought we’ve have a bit of fun and do some Madonna inspired pics with this latest Desperately Seeking Susan inspired jacket.

Each Jacket we make is a little different. These are not exact replicas, nor are they meant to be. Some are made completely from scratch and some are made from ready-made jackets and the trim is added on. The design on the back varies slightly, but all are the Great Seal like the original jacket (and back of a dollar bill). The jackets are all covered in a layer of very fine glitter for a slight shimmer, the triangle and lettering is handpainted and the sequins and red ribbon are added with fabric glue. The trim design changes according to what is available at the time.

Update 2/2015 – I now make these jackets regularly and sell them on my website at:

Desperately Seeking Susan jacket replica

Desperately Seeking Susan jacket replica