Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie

Clothes designer
Date of Birth: 24.03.1940
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Bob Mackie
  2. Success in Show Business
  3. Transition to Fashion
  4. Wearable Art

Biography of Bob Mackie

Robert Gordon Mackie, known as Bob Mackie, was born in California in 1940. From a young age, he was captivated by the beauty of actresses, costumes, and all manifestations of the beautiful. He studied at college in Pasadena and later attended Chouinard Art University in Los Angeles. It was natural for him to be drawn to the world of art, specifically the film industry and show business. His mentor, Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, selected the talented student as her assistant, and in the 1960s, Bob Mackie received his first Emmy award for designing women's costumes.

Success in Show Business

Bob Mackie's designs for Cher in the 1970s were dazzling with their lavish simplicity and unprecedented boldness. He also received an Academy Award for his costumes in "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972) for Diana Ross and in "Funny Lady" (1975) for Barbara Streisand. Mackie was called the "Sultan of Sequins" and the "Rajah of Fake Diamonds" for his heavily embellished gowns and jewelry. His designs attracted the attention of the brightest stars of the stage and screen, including Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner, and Liza Minnelli, among many others. According to the designer himself, a woman wearing Mackie's clothing is not afraid to be noticed.

Transition to Fashion

Bob Mackie spent around twenty years in the show business industry, eleven of which he was a design partner with Carol Burnett on "The Carol Burnett Show." His work received nine Emmy awards, and he was nominated for an Academy Award three times. After these two decades, Mackie decided to step back from show business and focus on clothing manufacturing, particularly for ordinary women. In 1969, Mackie and his partners, Ray Agayan and Elizabeth Courtney, opened a boutique in Beverly Hills. His collections included a complete wardrobe, from swimwear to outerwear. In 1979, the designer shared his perspective on fashion in the book "Dressing for Glamor." However, even as he started producing ready-to-wear clothing, Bob Mackie did not forget about his actors. He created several collections for Broadway and continued to work with actresses.

Wearable Art

One of Mackie's most notable projects was designing for the legendary Barbie doll, which was also adorned in his magnificent, sequin-embellished, and lace-detailed dresses. The labels on his clothing read, "Bob Mackie, Wearable Art." He described his creations as "art that can be worn." Mackie said, "It has been my honor to create amazing, glamorous things for some of the famous and fabulous women of the world... Each piece I make is wearable art... Their style whispers luxury and extravagance. Each piece is bold yet delicately feminine. I hope you enjoy the design of Bob Mackie. Wear my clothes with pleasure... and a smile! Bob Mackie."