Bob Mackie

Fashion designer, Costume designer, Accessories designer
One of a handful of fashion designers for the stars to actually be known to a wide sector of the public, Mackie has created gowns which have caressed, enhanced and glamorously exaggerated the female form in particular ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1940 in Monterey Park, California, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (39)

The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up The Lights 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Wardrobe

Cher: The Farewell Tour 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Cher: Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

Ms. Drescher's Gown Provider (Wardrobe)

Men, Movies & Carol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

(Brooke Shields) (Costume Designer)

The Carol Burnett Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Carol & Company 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Cher... At the Mirage 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Julie and Carol: Together Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Plaza Suite 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Costumes

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

A Carol Burnett Special... Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Neil Diamond... Hello Again 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Mama's Family 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Wardrobe

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

(finale) (Costumes)

All the Marbles 1981 (Movie)

special costume designer (Costume Designer)

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

costume design(Sally Field) (Costume Designer)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

(Ann-Margret) (Costumes)

Goin' Coconuts 1978 (Movie)

(Marie Osmond) (Costumes)

Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Costumes

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

Miss Ross' Costumes Designed by (Costumes)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Eunice (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Gypsy (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Show)

Costume Designer

The Tenth Month (TV Show)

Costumes
Actor (15)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Project Runway 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Edith Head: Designing Woman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Burlesque 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi Gaynor: Hollywood's Cockeyed Optimist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie That Changed My Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in the USA 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour 1977 - 1978 (Tv Show)

Segment Director
Art Department (1)

Blue Suede Shoes -- Ballet Rocks! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Scenic Artist
Other (10)

The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Other

Carol Burnett: The Special Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Other

Soul Train Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Other

The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Other

Big Band Ballroom Bash 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Championship Ballroom Dancing 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Other

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Other

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Other

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

One of a handful of fashion designers for the stars to actually be known to a wide sector of the public, Mackie has created gowns which have caressed, enhanced and glamorously exaggerated the female form in particular since the 1960s. After studies in art school, Mackie worked as a sketch artist for the legendary Jean Louis and as a member of the equally famed Edith Head design team. He then struck out on his own, attracting attention for his work on TV adaptations of "Brigadoon" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (both 1966), winning his first of many Emmys for the latter.

Mackie soon began creating togs for some of the various divas who would make his name, most notably Carol Burnett and Diana Ross. His glamorous ideas for "Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations on Broadway" (1969) won him another Emmy, and he became the primary creative force behind the costumes for the long-running "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-78). For the next several decades, Burnett would be Mackie's most loyal customer; he did work for her feature "Chu Chu and the Philly Flash" (1981), many TV shows ("Fresno" 1986, "Plaza Suite" 1987, "Julie and Carol: Together Again" 1989), and her later short-lived variety series, "Carol & Company" (1990-91) and "The Carol Burnett Show" (1991). He also provided Burnett's costumes for her return to Broadway in "Moon Over Buffalo" in 1995. For Burnett, Mackie designed both outlandish outfits suited to her engagingly broad comic skits (notably, the green curtain dress complete with rods for the "Gone With the Wind" spoof) and the sequined, floor-length, slit-skirted gowns she so often wore in her famous chats with the audience.

Mackie's next major client was Cher, and his omnipresent penchant for both the campy and the sexy really came to the fore. Some of his spiky creations for the lanky singer-actress were downright glamour punk in style, and Mackie's unabashed outrageousness would later suit Madonna ("The 63rd Annual Academy Awards" 1991), Bette Midler ("Gypsy" 1993) and many other stars eager to be sensuous, bizarre or both simultaneously.

Mackie won more Emmys designing clothes for Mitzi Gaynor's 70s song and dance fests on TV, and he won Oscar nominations for the features "Lady Sings with Blues" (1972, with Ross), "Funny Lady" (1975) and "Pennies from Heaven" (1981). Mackie has also designed for the stage for the likes of Carol Channing ("Lorelei" 1974) and Alexis Smith ("Platinum" 1978) and took a stab and producing and libretto writing for the staging of "Movie Star" (1982).

Relationships

Charles Robert Mackie

Father

Mildred Agnes Mackie

Mother

Robin Mackie

Son
born c. 1959 mother, Lulu Nicholson died from complications from AIDS in March 1993

Lulu Nicholson

Wife
divorced mother of Mackie's son Robin

Marianne Wolford

Wife
married on March 14, 1960 divorced

EDUCATION

Chouinard Art Institute

Pasadena , California 1958 - 1961
school renamed California Institute of the Arts

Milestones

1999

Created the costumes for the HBO special "Cher: Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas"; received Emmy Award

1995

Designed Burnett's costumes for her return to Broadway, "Moon Over Buffalo"

1994

Created the costumes for the short-lived Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public"

1991

Designed Carol Burnett's costumes for the short-lived NBC variety series, "The Carol Burnett Show"

1985

Appeared on Broadway (and in the televised version) in the fundraising special, "Night of 100 Stars II"

1982

Co-produced and collaborated on the libretto for the stage musical, "Movie Star", performed in Hollywood; also designed the costumes

1981

Received third Oscar nomination for his designs for "Pennies From Heaven"

1978

Designed costumes for the Broadway musical, "Platinum", starring Alexis Smith

1974

Shared second Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design for "Funny Lady"

1974

With Aghayan designed costumes for the Broadway musical, "Lorelei", a quasi-sequel to "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" starring Carol Channing

1972

Received first Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design for the musical drama, "Lady Sings the Blues", a biopic of Billie Holliday starring Diana Ross; collaborated with Aghayan

1970

Designed costumes for a theatrical revival of the landmark 1940s musical, "On the Town"

1968

Earliest work for Diana Ross included designed costumes for the NBC TV special, "Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations on Broadway"

1967

Earliest feature film work included the comedy, "Divorce American Style"

1963

Chosen by Ray Aghayan to be Aghayan's assistant for the CBS variety series "The Judy Garland Show"

1962

Worked as a sketch artist for fashion designer Jean Louis; was also a member of designer Edith Head's staff

Designed the costumes for the NBC comedy anthology series, "Carol and Company", starring Burnett

With Aghayan, designed costumes for the long-running CBS variety series, "The Carol Burnett Show"; also marked some of earliest work for Carol Burnett

Designed costumes for the CBS variety series, "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour"; also marked some of earliest designing work for Cher

Earliest credits designing costumes for TV specials, "Brigadoon" and "The Wonderful World of Burlesque II--The Danny Thomas Special", receiving his first Emmy nomination for the latter

Created costume designs for the CBS variety series, "The Sonny and Cher Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Mackie was twice named Most Creative Fashion designer by US magazine in 1982 and 1983

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