Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.
The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.
Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.
“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”
Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.
In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.
Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.
He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.
The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.
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