Iconic Designer: Bob Mackie

Synonymous with glitz and glamour, designer Bob Mackie has created memorable costumes and gowns for everyone from the Supremes and Cher to Judy Garland and Barbie. A southern California native, Mackie was heavily influenced by the silver screen and began to assist some of Hollywood’s top costume designers like the legendary Edith Head. By the mid-1960s, he was doing Mod looks for television stars.

He collected 31 Emmy Award nominations and nine Emmy Awards and is the only costume designer in the Television Academy hall of Fame. His ready-to-wear line launched in 1982, and he has since gone on to sell home furnishings, lighting, luggage and more. His work on the Sonny & Cher show and The Carol Burnett Show is now iconic — who doesn’t remember the Curtain Dress worn by Burnett in the Gone With the Wind parody?

Known for his use of color, sequins and beading, Mackie has said, “A woman who wears my clothes is not afraid to be noticed.”

Pictured is a flamenco-inspired evening gown made from layers of hot pink and vivid orange silk chiffon. Read more about the gown at 1stdibs.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply