Legendary designer Bob Mackie is to be the subject of a new documentary film.
Mackie’s flamboyant and glitzy creations are instantly recognisable, like the feather and rhinestone devil costume he made for Elton John’s 1986 Ice on Fire Tour, a recreation of which can currently be seen in new movie Rocketman, or Cher’s midriff-baring black beaded two-piece, which she wore to the 1986 Oscars complete with plumed headdress.
Now, Matthew Miele is giving the fashion star the documentary treatment in an upcoming feature.
“Matthew Miele (the director) has done some work I admire, the Bergdorf Goodman documentary (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s) and the Harry Benson (Shoot First) film which I really enjoyed. I like his aesthetic,” Mackie told The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is set for a December 2020 release and will focus on the 80-year-old’s 50-year career.
“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,” said Miele in a statement. “Like his costumes, Bob is wholly unique and unfiltered, which makes for a compelling and candid subject.”
Before production gets underway, triple Oscar nominee Mackie will be honoured at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards on 3 June. It was announced earlier this month that he was to be the 2019 recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani.
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