Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie born 24 March 1940

Robert Gordon Mackie was born in Monterey Park California. He is a costume and fashion designer best known for his outrageous costumes for Cher [pictured below] cunningly constructed from little more than net, feathers and sequins.

He has won seven Emmys for his costumes for Cher, Carol Burnett and Mitzi Gaynor. He has been nominated for an Academy Award three times.

He has dressed a veritable who's who of fabulous divas old and new - Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Lucille Ball, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Ann Margret, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, RuPaul, Eva Longoria Parker, Katy Perry, Pink & Barbie have all sparkled in his fabulous and imaginative creations.

Mackie also designed the memorable reation worn by Cher at the March 1986 Academy Awards [pictured]. Introduced by Jane Fonda with the words, 'Wait'll you see what's gonna come out here,' Cher was appearing as a presenter after what many considered an Oscar snub (Cher was not nominated for her performance in Mask). 'As you can see,' said Cher, 'I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.'

In the 1980s he launched his first ready to wear collections which have expanded to include knitwear, eveningwear, suits, eyewear, fragrances, bags, shoes, scarves, watches, jewellery & stationery. He also designs outfits for highly collectible (and camp) couture Barbie dolls.

More recently an American furniture company have produced a range of Mackie designs.

2 comments:

Rider Overland said...
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Rider Overland said...

Of course we can't forget the 'curtain-rod' dress that Bob Mackie had Carol Burnette wear in the "Went With the Wind" skit.

Not only did this idea receive one of the biggest laughs in television history, I strongly believe it initiated the return of (padded) "shoulders" in women's fashion, ... big in style from that moment until the early '90s.

And if you say I am exaggerating, I say perhaps I am. But it is a good theory