07/29/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT
ONCE UPON A TIME—WHY', IT SEEMS like only yesterday—Madonna
could have gotten a tan from the flashbulbs in her life. Not anymore. Since returning to Manhattan last April after filming Evita in Europe, the six-months-pregnant star has become the Immaterial Girl, seldom seen on the streets and never at clubs.
Let's see. Madonna
, 37, isn't shy, and surely—though not married to boyfriend Carlos Leon, 29—she isn't embarrassed. So there is only one explanation: She has nothing to wear. To help resolve this crisis, four designers, at the behest of PEOPLE, have come to her aid. "Show that baby!" advises Betsey Johnson, whose velvet minidresses and midriff-baring halters would do just that. Cynthia Rowley agrees: "She's still going to have an amazing body. She should have fun with it, show it off." Only to a point, demur Italy's Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who think Madonna
should, for now, "put aside close-fitting garments." Still, to ease the transition, they built ensembles for their longtime customer around an item she would feel at home in: a black lace bra. Just because she's pregnant, says Dolce, "Madonna
shouldn't betray her personality."