Glitter and be great.Sublimely over-the-top costumer Bob Mackie Robert Gordon Mackie (b. March 24, 1940 in Monterey Park, California) is an American fashion designer, best known for his costumes for Cher and for The Carol Burnett Show.
Mackie is also known for his exclusive designs of dress for high-priced Barbie dolls. gets his due with an exhibition a book, and, above all, a launch party
"I've never seen so many gay men together in one place in my life ... except at your birthday parties," my agent said. She just been to the opening of the Bob Mackie retrospective at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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The party on September 23 was like that--packed with gay men and gay icons and one pregnant woman with a big eye painted on her bared, bulging stomach. In fact, more than 1,500 fashionistas showed up that night to gasp over Cher's spider-woman Oscar dress, Elton John's "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" costume, and a really zingy zing·y
adj. zing·i·er, zing·i·est Informal
1. Pleasantly stimulating: "The times are good. The living is easy. The vibes are zingy" Saturday Review. beaded jumpsuit with a flower at the neck that Mitzi Gaynor wore on her 1978 TV special "Mitzi Zings Into Spring." That show earned Mackie one of his seven Emmys.
Carol Burnett--Mackie's employer for 11 years and friend for life--screamed when she saw a reproduction of the green Southern belle costume, made from the drapes drape
v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
1. To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure. with the curtain rod still in them, that she wore in the "Went With The Wind" parody on her eponymous variety show. Appropriately, it's hanging in the window at the Fashion Institute. Liza Minnelli, a Mackie girl since she was a teenager, kept calling her friend "Bobby" all night and said he must design the costumes for her next show. Teri Hatcher wore fringe. No one noticed Geoffrey Holder.
Sadly, Cher was touring with "Believe" and didn't show. But in spirit this exhibit is as much about her as it is about Mackie. No one--not even Barbie, for whom Mackie has designed miniature couture costumes for nearly a decade--has worn his designs any better. Her costumes from The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and her solo show, Cher, eclipse everything else on display. The best is the tiger-striped unitard with the bra strap showing that Cher wore as Laverne, her wisecracking launderette lady. That tacky outfit, I have always believed, is the basis for the entire Dolce dol·ce Music
adv. & adj.
In a gentle and sweet manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
[From Italian, sweet, from Latin dulcis.]
Adv. 1. & Gabbana ethos. When I was writing Unmistakably Mackie (Universe, $45), a coffee-table companion to the exhibit, I told that to Cher. Her howling laughter alone made writing the book worthwhile.
The book, featuring the photography of Gideon Lewin, is proof that Mackie's TV work shaped '70s style with a genius as formidable as Halston's. As RuPaul says in the book, "Anyone who has ever done glamour has had to pay homage to Bob Mackie."
More poignantly, Unmistakably Mackie tells of the designer's repressive childhood in suburban Los Angeles--falling off Carmen Carmen
throws over lover for another. [Fr. Lit.: Carmen; Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]
See : Faithlessness
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. Miranda-style platform shoes at age 5; being told by a grade school teacher to leave the costume sketching to his sister--and his ultimate triumph. And it gives a glimpse into his partnership with costume designer Ray Aghayan, who hired him as an assistant on The Judy Garland Show in the '60s. They've been together ever since. "He's a perfectionist per·fec·tion·ism
1. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
2. to the point of insanity," Aghayan says in the book.
Asked earlier this year where all his creativity comes from, Mackie said, "How do I think of all those things? It's like a really demented mind." The often zany, always glamorous product of that lunacy lunacy: see insanity. is on view until New Year's Eve.
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