A History Lesson: Bob Mackie

Here at C. Madeleine’s, the sparkle in our eyes illuminate when we catch just a glimmer of the sequins and intricate beading of Bob Mackie’s exuberant evening gowns. Better known to those in the fashion world as the ‘Sultan of Sequins’ or the ‘Rajah of Rhinestones’, this Emmy award winning fashion mogul has left his star studded footprints all over Tinsel Town, dressing Hollywoods most legendary divas and vixens.

From conception, fashion flowed through Mr. Mackie’s veins like a drug. Raised in Southern California, where celebrity sightings are as common as a hiccup, Mackie became addicted to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood style. He immersed himself with all aspects of theatrical design through television and film. Soon after graduating design school, Mackie began work as an assistant to famed Hollywood designer, Edith Head, and America watched as his career unfolded before their eyes. His costume designs with Head caught the eye of industry executives who hired Mackie to design the entire costume collection for the “Carol Burnett Show”. Mackie celebrated a grand career with Ms. Burnett, and many of his legendary works of art went down in the fashion hall of fame.

Mr. Mackie’s next career milestone was with the “Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour”, baking the bread for Cher’s butter. Mackie complimented her notoriously mesmerizing presence with his distinguished and over-embellished costumes. Creating looks that were impossible to turn away from, Cher and her costumes “soon became one of the biggest draws on weekly television”.

Mackie launched his ready-to-wear line in 1982 to an uproarious applaud. His grand creations began turning heads as Hollywoods elite took notice of his design genius and flaunted their own personal Mackie’s down the red carpet. Hypnotizing cameras with theatrical designs, dazzling beading, and colorful embellishments, anybody who was anybody was wearing Bob Mackie. Among those are Cher’s fervent feather headdress from the 86′ Academy Awards and Madonna’s pearl-encrusted and lavish fur white-out at the 91′ Academy Awards.

Get these looks and more at the Bob Mackie Boutique at C.Madeleines online. Duplicate the talented trio, Diana Ross and the Supreme’s 1969 performance gowns with this 1980s Bob Mackie gold and white beaded column gown.

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