It was 1989 and I had been covering fashion for about four yeas for The Oklahoman. It was one of the last shows of New York Fashion Week, and one of my all-time favorites. It was a a Las Vegas-themed extravaganza by designer Bob Mackie. His show was pure entertainment and fun. Glitz, glamour, sparkle and plenty of spoof on the city and gambling.Mackie, for those who don’t know, designed many of costumes and clothes for Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and Cher before he took his show to the runway in New York. In 2008, Mackie and Cher teamed up again for her successful three-year run at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Now he’s back with Cher to design costumes for what is touted as her farewell tour. No word yet on what we can expect, but it’s bound to be wild. We expect no less from the team of Cher and Mackie. Mackie told WWD that dressing Cher was no regular task; rather, it’s “like dressing a crazy goddess. Sometimes she’s an Egyptian goddess. Sometimes she’s a biker goddess.”
Mackie is still designing for the masses with a line of clothing on QVC, but it’s way too tame for Cher.
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