Bob Mackie, the Hollywood designer to the stars who has dressed the biggest names in show business from Judy Garland to Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, RuPaul, and, most notably, Cher, will join Fern Mallis at the 92Y for a conversation about his life and career January 29 at 7:30 PM.
Mackie returns to Broadway this season, designing costumes for The Cher Show, which opened December 3 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Mackie's collaboration with the mega-star began in 1967 (during an appearance on The Carol Burnett Show), and has resulted in dozens of show-stopping (and jaw-dropping) looks in the 50 years since. His aesthetic has been so integral to Cher’s stardom that an entire number in the show is dedicated to Mackie's dazzling collection. In fact, each of his signature looks have been recreated in exact detail from the original pieces worn by Cher in music videos, television specials, concerts, and award shows.
Mackie made his Broadway debut designing costumes for the 1971 revival of On the Town, and went on to design for Carol Channing in Lorelei, Debbie Reynolds in Irene, in addition to Platinum, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and for Liza Minnelli in Minnelli on Minnelli. Mackie's work has also garnered him three Academy Award nominations and an induction into the Television Hall of Fame.
The conversation is presented as part of the Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis series, which has previously welcomed Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Polly Allen Mellen, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Suzy Menkes, and Oscar de la Renta.
For tickets, priced $40, visit 92Y.org.