Next month, legendary designer Bob Mackie will receive the lifetime achievement award at the CFDA Fashion Awards and four days later, he’ll appear as the favorite at the 73rd Tony Awards for best costume design for The Cher Show on Broadway.
RuPaul was standing on the pink carpet at The Met Gala with Celine Dion who was wearing what looked to be a Mackie, when the designer passed them going in. Ru asked Mackie,
“Is this yours?”
It wasn’t. But a Cher nude-illusion gown WAS featured inside the exhibit Camp: Notes On Fashion.
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The new untitled documentary, directed by Matthew Miele, will examine Mackie’s 50-year career, from his start in 1961 at Paramount Pictures working as a sketch artist for Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head to the present.
Miele made a splash in 2013 with his fantastic documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s — which chronicled business at Manhattan’s upscale department store Bergdorf Goodman and since he’s made four films in five years, including Crazy About Tiffany’s and Always at the Carlyle.
Mackie told The Hollywood Reporter,
”Mathew Miele (the director) has done some work I admire, the Bergdorf Goodman documentary and the Harry Benson film which I really enjoyed. I like his aesthetic.”
“Bob Mackie is an American original, and to be given a chance to showcase how he accomplished his life’s work and made each design worthy of amplified spectacle is something that will leave audiences inspired. Like his costumes, Bob is wholly unique and unfiltered, which makes for a compelling and candid subject.
We will examine Bob’s unique upbringing, those whom he has held dear within his inner circle, and the familial surprises in his life that have all contributed to the optimism and audacity present in his work.
Miele promises to dig deep including the not-so-fun parts of Mackie’s life too, like the collapse of Bob Mackie Originals in the 80s to the 2011 passing of his partner, Ray Aghayan.
Miele said there will be LOTS of glitz and glam we associate with Mackie too,
“Because this film is fully authorized, we are being given access to the full Bob Mackie archive which has been meticulously kept and curated with many rare and unseen artifacts, including the outfits that didn’t make the cut. We are also capturing the over-the-top costumes as they get sequined and beaded from sketch to stage. Specific highlights include some of the soon-to-be lost art methods by old world artisans that help to make each outfit Mackie conjures something to behold and remember.”
The film is due out in the fall of 2020.
(Photos, courtesy Bob Mackie, Paramount; via THR)