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Bob Mackie Couture Exquisite Fringed Gatsby Flapper Corset Beaded Mini Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
This is an EXQUISITE and BREATHTAKING 80's-does-20's mini dress by couture designer, Bob Mackie. It's beautifully detailed and hand beaded with millions of fringed glass beads and m...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage Bob Mackie 1970s Evening Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in London, GB
A head turning gown by Bob Mackie. The gown is beautifully made, with boning at the sides, fully lined with a silk chiffon top layer. The diamante straps fasten with a hook and eye ...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Black Embellished Bodice Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a Bob Mackie gown. This gown features long sleeves, gathers at the bust, and draped back. The gown is composed of a stretch black outer material lined with a non-stretch mate...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Cream Sequin Beaded Gown with Slit
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bob Mackie gown Nude silk handed beaded and sequined Front slit Back zipper and zippers at the sleeve Fully lined
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie Silk Evening Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Houston, TX
Amazing 1980s column silhouette spaghetti strap evening dress by Bob Mackie! The dress features a black and white geometric design on a solid silk, with a layer of sheer black fabric...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Nude Pearl Beaded Gown, 1980s
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
c. 1980's BOB MACKIE Nude Pearl Beaded Gown. This gown is very similar to the design of the costume worn by RuPaul in Mackie's book Unmistakable Mackie Size 10 Measures: 36 in; bu...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Sable Fur Coat
By Bob Mackie
Located in Chicago, IL
The shoulder width of the Bob Mackie Sable Fur coat is 19" and the waist measures about 53". We have had various woman try this sable coat on and it seems to fit most woman...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

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H 52 in. W 20.5 in. D 23 in.
1980s Bob Mackie Black Beaded Two Piece Cocktail Dress and Bolero
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Bob Mackie Black Beaded Two Piece Cocktail Dress and Bolero. A stunning two piece designed by Bob Mackie. The dress and jacket are covered in hundreds of black beads in a flora...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Strapless Beaded Gown, Circa 1980
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a long, multi colored, silk beaded gown by Bob Mackie, from 1980. The gown is strapless with beading all over, a constructed bustier, and a zipper up the back. <br /> <br /> ...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage BOB MACKIE butterfly gold enamel designer runway brooch
By Bob Mackie
Located in Palos Hills, IL
DETAILS • signed BOB MACKIE • gold tone with enamel • vintage designer runway brooch MEASUREMENTS • 2.5" by 2.5" CONDITION • excellent vintage condition with minimal signs ...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie nude and silver beaded and pearl Gown / Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Capri, IT
1980s Bob Mackie nude and silver beaded and pearl Gown / Dress Unique Bob Mackie Gown totally made of nude and silver beaded. This kind of very early net Mackie dresses were, and sti...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage Gilded Cherub Figural Brooch by Bob Mackie, 1980s
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Measures 2.5" wide - Gold plated - Crystal rhinestone accents - By Bob Mackie (signed on verso) - Circa 1980s - Estate acquired - This item has been cleaned &...
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1980s Modern Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Green Chiffon Flower Embellished Gown Size 2 4
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage Bob Mackie gown is composed of a light green mint hue silk chiffon. The upper bodice features an embellished center front and short sleeve, with a floral pattern. There ...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Red and Black Beaded Gown Size 8
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Bob Mackie gown is composed of an embellished silk with red beading. Features a racer style halter with dropped back and center back zipper. Excellent vintage condition. This ...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

1980S BOB MACKIE Black Beaded Silk Chiffon Long Sleeve Gown With Fringe
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
1980S BOB MACKIE Black Beaded Silk Chiffon Long Sleeve Gown With Fringe
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1970S BOB MACKIE Black Beaded Silk Geometric Cut Out Low & Backless Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
1970S BOB MACKIE Black Beaded Silk Geometric Cut Out Low & Backless Gown
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage BOB MACKIE flower basket gold enamel rhinestone designer brooch
By Bob Mackie
Located in Palos Hills, IL
DETAILS • signed BOB MACKIE • gold tone with rhinestones and enamel • vintage designer runway brooch MEASUREMENTS • 2.5" by 2.5" CONDITION • excellent vintage condition wit...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

Extraordinary Bob Mackie Vintage Beaded Silk Gown with Detatchable Strap
By Bob Mackie
Located in Sparks, NV
Details: Fully Lined Back Zip and Hook Closure Marked Size: 8 Estimated Size: XS-S Color: Iridescent Turquoise/ Sea Blue/ Green Turquoise/ White/ Purple Fabric: 100% Silk La...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie 1983 Cosmopolitan Cover Numbered Beaded Open Back Long Dress Gown 6
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
Bob Mackie Fully Beaded Red Black Long Dress Gown December 1983 - Cosmopolitan Cover ( worn by Brooke Shields ) and Limited Edition - One of the Best Bob Mackie Dress!!! Red and Bla...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Dramatic Vintage 80's Embellished Beaded Plunging Evening Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Bob Mackie Dramatic Vintage 80's Embellished Beaded Plunging Evening Dress So much prettier than the photos, please use zoom feature to see details. Size 10 Bust 36" Waist 29" Hip...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Evening Gown w/Beaded & Sequined Top & Black Silk Draped Skirt
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1980's Bob Mackie black long sleeved beaded and sequined evening gown. IN excellent condition. NO size tag but this should fit a 6 or a small 8. Please see measurements below.
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1970s BOB MACKIE Beaded Batwing Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning beaded gown by Bob Mackie dripping in 70s glam! Cher Era!! Glass bugle beads lines the vertical stripes of this stunning gown, adding understated sparkle and lots of luxurio...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie 80-s Rare Red Beaded Fringe Cocktail Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
Bob Mackie Boutique Red Beaded Cocktail Fringe Dress Designer sizes available - 4 and 8 Mid 1980s, Embroidered with Bead work Shimmying Fringes, Black and Silver-tone Geometric Desig...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Whimsical "Stars & Stripes" Multi-Color Silk and Chiffon Scarf
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
Bob Mackie wonderful combination of silk and silk chiffon makes for this "Stars & Stripes" scarf which measures 13" in width and 47" & 71" in length, made in Italy.
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Champagne Silk Gold & Silver Beaded Long Sleeved Evening Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Bob Mackie champagne-colored all over beaded and sequined evening gown with deco design. IN excellent condition - size tag 8 but fits more like a 6 so please consult measurem...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Huge Wonderfully Whimsical Vivid "World of Cats" Silk Scarf
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
Bob Mackie's huge and wonderfully whimsical vivid "World of Cats" with bold colors of tangerine, greens, yellows, coral accented with black outline. The scarf measures 39 inc...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1970s Bob Mackie Beaded and Sequined Mini Cocktail Dress with Matching Scarf
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's Bob Mackie paisley print beaded &amp; sequined mini dress with matching scarf. It is in excellent condition with some bead loss - this is reflected in the price. Please see me...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Pink Silk & Lace Embellished Ball Gown Size 12
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Bob Mackie gown is composed of pink silk with a silver embellished lace applique. There is a center back zipper closure with buttons. In excellent vintage condition. **Pl...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Sensational Vintage Bob Mackie Black and Silver Heavily Beaded Dramatic Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Exceptional vintage BOB MACKIE black, silver and white heavily beaded and sequined nigh neck evening dress! Features thousands of hand-sewn sequins and beads throughout the bodice. F...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage 1988 Bob Mackie Domino Black Satin Opera Coat Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1988 Bob Mackie Domino Coat/Dress Please contact us for more images and/or information. CONDITION: Good- No holes or stains FABRIC: Unknown COUNTRY: USA SIZE: None- pl...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie "Boutique" strapless sequins cocktail dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
The iconic costume designer to Cher Bob Mackie designed this strapless dress for both cocktail parties and afterward, double as a disco party dress! Elegant, yet sexy, the dress is f...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie Vintage Metallic Embroidery Skirt Suit w/ Rhinestones & Studs
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This 1980's teal matte satin vintage suit is from designer Bob Mackie. There are pretty velvet embellishments on the jacket that are covered with colored rhinestones, gold colored st...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage 80's Bob Mackie Green Silver Fully Beaded Evening Dress Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
Vintage Bob Mackie Fully Beaded Evening Dress Gown Green and Silver Beads and Sequins Over the Black Tulle, Built in Corset, Fully Lined, Back zip Closure. Size Label Missing. Measur...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Iconic Bob Mackie "Boutique" Mini sequins cocktail dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
This iconic Bob Mackie mini Black cocktail dress is of silk chiffon and is fully lined in black chiffon also. The dress is embellished with Black, Ruby red and also fuchsia colored b...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Fantastic 1980s Bob Mackie Arrows of Love Mini Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Houston, TX
Bob Mackie does it again with this fantastically whimsical arrow strap dress! The back...the back... This little black dress with a twist is mid-thigh length and has a subdued s...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage Bob Mackie Size 12 80s Blue Silk Strapless 1980s Evening Gown Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible vintage 1980s BOB MACKIE blue Size 12 strapless silk crepe gown! This dress is spectacular in person! Super flattering, and the perfect shade of blue. Fully lined. Hidden ...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Black Silk Draped Cocktail Dress with Bow Applique Size 4-6
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Bob Mackie cocktail dress is composed of a black silk and features a beaded bow applique. There is an open back design with draping from the neck. Center back zipper closure. I...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage 1978 Bob Mackie for Mitzi Gaynor Documented Sequin Feather Dance Costume
By Bob Mackie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Bob Mackie designed sequin illusion dance costume made for Mitzi Gaynor's 1978 television special "What's Hot, What's Not". She finds herself in an Egyptian Discotheque ...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Black Skirt Suit Ensemble with Sheer Embellished Accents Size 4-6
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Bob Mackie ensemble is composed of a black wool with a sheer rhinestone accent at the upper neck and back. The blouse features a zipper closure. The classic pencil style skirt...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Art Deco Gold Black Beaded Jacket, 1980s
By Bob Mackie
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Designer to the star, Bob Mackie’s designs are easily some of the most exuberant and show-stopping pieces. Having spent much time working in Hollywood for notable designers such as E...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie Black Crepe Long Sleeve Cocktail Dress with Crystal Illusion
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Bob Mackie long sleeve black crepe cocktail dress with rondel crystal trimmed illusion bodice featuring contrasting squares of nude net over lining. Sleeve is gathered at shoul...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1990s Bob Mackie Black Silk, Lace, and Rhinestone Cocktail Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning black silk cocktail dress by Bob Mackie. The dress falls at the knee, has long batwing sleeves with a narrow cuff, a plunging V - neckline, and a loose pencil skirt. The dre...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Black Silk One Shoulder Dress with Beading - M - circa 1970's
By Bob Mackie
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This vintage 1970's Bob Mackie one shoulder dress is black silk with an asymmetrical hem. The shoulder is covered in beading and there is beaded detailing throughout the dress. This ...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Size 12 Vintage Green + Yellow + Red + Black Amazing Strapless Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and incredible vintage BOB MACKIE strapless dress! Features slimming red, yellow, black and green vertical stripes up the front, with a solid black back. Heavy duty textured cot...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie Boutique Vintage Dress Red Silk Beaded Sequins Rhinestones 4
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This stunning 1980's Bob Mackie vintage dress would be perfect for any special evening or cocktail party! The dress has a silk crepe skirt and the bodice is mesh over crepe that is f...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage 1976 Sonny & Cher Documented Custom-Made Bob Mackie Sequin Gown Suit Set
By Bob Mackie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Own a major slice of celebrity history! Two important, well-documented Sonny & Cher worn garments custom made for their 1976-77 promotional pictures and Westchester/Harrah's performa...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie For Neiman Marcus Important Cotton Plaid 50s Style Vintage Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Important Bob Mackie late 70s/early 80s dress! From the era of Mackie's 'hype,' this dress mirrors his femininity, and attention to detail. Cotton layers of plaid, with an attached b...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie 2pc Lace Embroidered Jacket and Skirt Set, Circa 1980's
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a white embroidered lace over pastel colors jacket and skirt set by Bob Mackie, from the 1980's. The jacket has a v-neckline, a hidden zipper with button down the front, and ...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie RARE Signature Multicolor Beaded Black Gown with Front Slit
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bob Mackie gown Black chiffon All over pink, purple, blue, yellow, red, black beads and sequins Front slit Shoulder pads Back zipper closure and zippers at sleeves Lined in chi...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

BOB MACKIE Burnished Red Silk Dress with Black Beaded Bow Neckline Size 8
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Bob Mackie cocktail dress is composed of a burnished silk with a black beaded neckline and bow detail. There is a center back zipper closure and zippers at the sleeve ends. In ...
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20th Century Vintage Bob Mackie

1970s Black Bob Mackie Vintage Silk Beaded Grecian Dress W One Shoulder
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This absolutely fabulous 1970's vintage dress was designed by Bob Mackie and it is truly incredible. The black jersey fabric of the dress is beautifully draped and it is trimmed with...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Vintage 80's Beaded Off the Shoulder Evening Dress with Pearl Fringe
By Bob Mackie
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Bob Mackie Vintage 80's Beaded Off the Shoulder Evening Dress with Pearl Fringe. So much prettier than the photos, please use zoom feature to see details. No Size tag APPX Size 6 ...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage 1970s Bob Mackie Couture Teal & Black Beaded Fringe Backless Disco Dress
By Bob Mackie
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Seductive fully-beaded Bob Mackie designer disco cocktail dress dating back the late 1970's. Mackie began his career as a Hollywood costuming sketch artist, working for both Edith He...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Vintage Bob Mackie Navy Blue Fully Embellished Iris Flower Long Dress Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in Montgomery, TX
Vintage Bob Mackie Fully Embellished Long Dress Gown Designer size 10 ( modern size will be smaller - pls. check measurements). Hand Beaded, 100% Silk, Navy Blue Sequins Background, ...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Rare Vintage Bob Mackie for Elizabeth Arden Feathered Teddy / Bodysuit Set
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible rare vintage BOB MACKIE for Elizabeth Arden teddy / bodysuit and chiffon vest, with hand-sewn ostrich feathers at the sleeves! Hollywood glamour at its finest! Sexy high c...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Gown with Blue Bead & Sequin Halter over Black mesh Bodice
By Bob Mackie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an authentic and certified Bob Mackie Gown, made for Ava Gabor. It is a black crepe with black mesh cut-outs on the bodice and decorated with lots of blue iridescent beads an...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie 1970s Lipstick Red Silk Moire 70s Vintage Strapless Evening Gown
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Stunning late 1970s BOB MACKIE for NEIMAN MARCUS lipstick red silk moire strapless evening dress! Perfectly tailored corset bodice, and full free skirt are extremely flattering, and ...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

Bob Mackie Vintage Couture Black Silk Beaded Gown with Unicorn motif. c.1980s.
By Bob Mackie
Located in New York, NY
Bob Mackie Vintage Couture Black Silk Beaded Gown with Unicorn motif. c.1980s. Boat neck gown with hand-sewn black beading throughout the entire dress. Silver and white Unicorn motif...
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1980s Vintage Bob Mackie

1970s Bob Mackie Ray Aghayan Aqua Blue Dot Organza Maxi Dress w Puff Sleeves
By Bob Mackie
Located in Portland, OR
This beautiful, ethereal vintage Bob Mackie aqua blue dot organza dress has both a cream organza lining and a cream satin lining. The dress was featured on the cover of the book "Dr...
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1970s Vintage Bob Mackie

1980s Bob Mackie Black / Gold Leaf Burn Out Cut Velvet Vintage 80s Bodysuit
By Bob Mackie
Located in San Diego, CA
Sexy early 80s BOB MACKIE black and gold leaf motif mesh and cut-out burnt velvet one piece sheer bodysuit ! I love the variety of fabrics on this rare gem. Can easily be dressed up ...
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Vintage Bob Mackie For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary vintage bob mackie you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Brown and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect vintage bob mackie among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Finding an appealing accessory such as this — no matter the origin — is easy, but Bob Mackie, Azzedine Alaïa and Glydons each produced a popular version that is worth a look. Finding a vintage bob mackie for sale for women should be easy, but there are 14 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Vintage Bob Mackie?

The price for a vintage bob mackie starts at $149 and tops out at $70,000, and on average, selling for $1,360.

Bob Mackie Biography and Important Works

Vintage Bob Mackie dresses are a fashion favorite, and with good reason. The legendary Monterey, California–born fashion designer has accrued an enviable list of awards that speak to his unparalleled influence on costumes for screen and theatrical performances: Mackie has nine Emmy awards to his name, a Tony award, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, three Academy Award nominations and more.

As a child, Bob Mackie was enamored of Portuguese-born Brazilian dancer and actress Carmen Miranda. The love of film shared by his sister and mother proved contagious for Mackie, and he marveled at the richness and beauty he found in ballet. He wasn’t interested in fashion so much as he was in entertainment and went on to fortunately find work in television during the 1960s, specifically in programming that seemed to encompass all of what he’d grown to love about the arts.

As a fashion sketch artist, Mackie collaborated with Hollywood’s greatest costume designers, working with the legendary Edith Head at Paramount Studios as soon as he’d finished school. From there, he secured work with French-born, Hollywood costume designer Jean Louis, sketching the iconic Louis dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Mackie would spend most of his career as a costume designer, creating iconic pieces like the Gone With the Wind parody costume (currently in the Smithsonian) for The Carol Burnett Show — where he worked for more than a decade — and campy, opulent dresses for The Cher Show on Broadway, for which he won the Tony award (he also designed bedazzled stage costumes for Sonny and Cher's 1976–77 run at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe). But he had a considerable influence on mainstream fashion as well.

The figure-hugging, feathered and fringed gowns and cocktail dresses Mackie created were worn by stars like Cher and Diana Ross on the red carpet and concert tours. Similar designs of his — dazzling evening dresses of black or vibrant red silk, some beaded with rhinestones or embellished with ostrich feathers or navy blue sequins — made their way into his mainstream fashion collection. His ready-to-wear line debuted in 1982.

Bob Mackie has always said that his clothing was “for the woman who is not afraid to be noticed,” and any woman in one of his signature dresses would definitely turn heads. There is sparkle and an element of grandeur in his garments, whether they were crafted for singer Elton John, a universally renowned fashion icon in his own right, or the woman next door, donning one of Mackie’s spectacular creations and feeling like a movie star herself.

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Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated evening dresses and gowns by our favorite courtier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. In the 16th century, dresses and gowns were so important that England's Queen Elizabeth I defined rules about what dresses women could wear -- guidance included long skirts and fitted bodices. Forward-thinking designers have responded to this history.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel reimagined traditionally masculine garments for feminine shapes, and her elegant evening dresses and gowns promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by layers of fabric. French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced innovative and highly coveted dress designs in the 1960s while at the same time challenging sexist stereotypes about which members of society could wear tuxedos. Works by unconventional British designer John Galliano — featured in houses like Givenchy and Dior — redefined limits that dressmakers faced in terms of material, construction and vision during the late 20th century. 

Today’s designers target an increasingly broad audience with their boundary-crossing work, and their tendency to play off of each other’s ideas means that every walk down the runway is also a walk through an entire history of fashion design and dress craftsmanship. 

Whether you gravitate toward backless maxi dresses or silk charmeuse gowns by Alexander McQueen or embellished, ruffled floral-print designs by Chloe or Versace, there is an extraordinary collection of vintage and designer evening dresses and gowns waiting for you on 1stDibs.