Fashion designer Bob Mackie, a Tony nominee this season for The Cher Show, is the subject of a new documentary from director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s). Slated for a 2020 release, the movie will cover Mackie’s 50-year career in showbiz, designing for such icons as Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Cher, Elton John, and more.
Mackie has authorized the project, providing Miele and his team with assets to rare and unseen designs, in addition to detailing the process from design to construction—capturing the work of artisans whose hand-made work goes into making a Mackie gown.
Mackie returned to Broadway this season, designing over 500 costumes for The Cher Show, which opened December 3, 2018, 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. Each of his signature looks has been recreated in exact detail from the original pieces worn by Cher in music videos, television specials, concerts, and award shows.
His work on the production garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Costume Design of a Musical.
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, for Liza Minnelli in Minnelli on Minnelli, as well as Platinum and The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. Mackie's work has also garnered him three Academy Award nominations and an induction into the Television Hall of Fame.