Bob Mackie Biography
Bob Mackie, born Robert Gordon Mackie, is an American fashion designer and costumer. He is well-known for dressing notable people such as Cher, Tina Turner, Elton John, Carol Burnett, among many others. In addition, he has helped in designing costumes for several TV shows like The Carol Burnett Show, Mama’s Family, and Gypsy.
He started off in the fashion industry as a sketch artist and rose to become a great designer on his own through the years.
Bob Mackie Age
Bob was born on the 24th of March 1939 in Monterey Park, a city in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles. Despite this, he was raised in Alhambra, still in the San Gabriel Valley region. After the divorce of his parents, he lived with his grandparents. He moved to Rosemead and attended the Rosemead High School, still in Los Angeles. After high school, he attended Pasadena City College. In addition, he also studied at the Chouinard Art Institute for about a year then left without receiving a degree from both schools.
Bob Mackie Family
He was born to Charles Robert Smith, who worked at the Bank of America, and Mildred Agnes Smith. When his parents divorced, he moved to Alhambra and was raised there by his maternal grandparents until he went to high school and moved in with his father in Rosemead, California.
Bob Mackie Wife
He married Lulu Porter (formerly Marianne Wolford), a singer, actress, and later an acting teacher, on the 14th of March 1960. The two stayed together only for three years then divorced. He had a life partner later, Ray Aghayan, a costume designer, who he worked with throughout the ’90s until 2011 when Ray died.
Bob Mackie Child
Lulu Porter and he bore one son named Robert Gordon Mackie Jr.(Robin). He died in 1993 of an AIDS-related disease.
Bob Mackie Career
Bob Mackie left college prematurely in order to on his first job as a sketch artist at Paramount Studios. In 1961, he was encountered by the award-winning costume designer Edith Head. He continued to work at Paramount under Ray Aghayan, designer and soon to be a life partner, as a novice designer. After a while, he started working as a sketch artist for Jean Louis, a French haute couturier. By 1969, he started designing costumes for Diana Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations in the television special “GIT: On Broadway”.
He has continued working with Diana Ross and many other notable personalities since then. Through these works, he has managed to garner several awards and prominence throughout the years. Many of his design drawings are featured in the “Showgirls” collection from UNLV Libraries Digital Collections. Most notably, he created costumes for Cher’s 2008–11 Las Vegas Cher at the Colosseum residency at Caesars Palace, as well as for her 2017 “Classic Cher” shows in Las Vegas and Washington D.C.
Bob Mackie’s Photo
Also, he is well-known for designing the “curtain dress” that Carol Burnette wore at The Carol Burnette Show episode named “Went With The Wind”. In addition, he also dressed Cher for the 1986 Academy Awards. He dressed her in black stretch pants, a bejeweled loincloth, knee-high boots, a black chainlink top, and a huge feathered Mohawk headdress that was one and a half times taller than her head. He also was the designer for Whitney Houston’s splashy evening gowns that she wore through many concerts and award shows.
Bob Mackie Net Worth
Mackie’s net worth as of 2019 is estimated to be 2 million dollars.