BOB MACKIE: 2000 – Present
Bob Mackie was born Robert Gordon Mackie in 1940 in Monterey Park, CA and was educated at the Chouinard Art Institute in fashion designing. After graduation, he worked for Jean Louis as a member of the famed Edith Head design team. He began creating dresses and gowns for Carol Burnett on her TV Show and Diana Ross on Broadway.
Bob Mackie, in 1982 launched his own first ready-to-wear collection of women‘s clothing and started building his reputation by dressing some of the most famous stars in entertainment, Cher, Madonna, and Bette Midler in gowns and dresses.
In the 1980, Bob Mackie added a line of jewelry that was produced by Marjorie Brandt & Company NY under a license agreement with the design work done by David Salvatore. His costume jewelry is made up of aurora borealis, clear rhinestones and crystals, colored beads that are set into silvertone and goldtone metal base. The designs and all styles of Mackie jewelry is approved by Bob Mackie. He also designed and manufactured knitwear, eveningwear, suits, a fragrance, handbags, scarves, watches and stationery under his name. In 1990, Mackie began designing for Mattel, the Barbie doll, under his name and continued this tradition, again, this year in 2005. In 1999, he launched his career in costume design, with his made-to-order couture collection. Besides Mackie’s costume jewelry, David Salvatore designs and creates accessories including sun glasses, hair accessories and small leather goods that are sold in department stores and freestanding Salvatore stores. Mark: “Bob Mackie” in script.
Bob Mackie, through the Marjorie Brandt & Company NY, is planning in August to come out with a new fashion jewelry collection. Mackie’s originally designed dresses costing $12,000 and expensive gown selling upwards to $100,000 dressing Cher, Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury, Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Barbie. Not everyone could afford the price tags, therefore, Mackie has now developed an affordable, ready-to-wear line that includes jewelry, eyewear, watches, scarfs, and menswear items that puts the items in the affordable luxury category, for those who want stylish items at a price they can afford. His costume jewelry and other accessories are sold on the internet QVC.com and on the QVC TV Network Show which indicates that his items listed for sale are made in Thailand or China or the Czech Republic.