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Vintage 1976 Sonny & Cher Documented Custom-Made Bob Mackie Sequin Gown Suit Set

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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 performances. The legendary costume designer Ret Turner created Sonny Bono's beaded caramel colored suit to light up the stage with fantastic shimmer. Bob Mackie designed this incredibly seductive silk hourglass gown with Cher's signature nude illusion look in mind. The fabric itself is a masterpiece; semi-sheer beige silk chiffon fully hand-beaded with iridescent sequins. A chic high-neck dolman sleeve bodice flows into the most fantastic sparkling over-sized jeweled cuffs. The ruched waist with intricate center diamond-shaped adornment is so ultra flattering. The embellishments represent weeks of couture hand-beading at the highest level. Early custom Bob Mackie pieces are rare, as they were not mass produced and were incredibly expensive to make. Bob Mackie has dressed many legends- Madonna, Tina Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, Judy Garland and Carol Burnett among them. There’s one special relationship that withstood the test of time- Cher. When Mackie met Cher in 1967 on The Carol Burnett Show, for which he designed the costumes, the two became instant best friends. Mackie is the mastermind behind some of Cher’s greatest looks. Cher's physical presence and her persona enabled Mackie to showcase his flamboyant designs without seeming too extreme. About her remarkable ability to wear his designs, Mackie once remarked: "There hasn't been a woman in the limelight since Garbo or Dietrich who could pull off such outrageous visual fantasies while maintaining her individual beauty". With Cher worn garment recently fetching over $100,000 at auction, here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a custom-made Cher gown designed by Bob Mackie himself complete with the dazzling Ret Turner suit worn by her iconic partner, Sony Bono. This is such a museum worthy piece of fashion and celebrity history that will instantly become a favorite in your collection. Measurements Cher's Bob Mackie designed gown Bust: 32-33 inches Waist: 25 inches Hips: up to 36 inches Total Length: 60 inches Sonny's Ret Turner designed suit Chest: 40 inches Shoulders: 17 inches Waist: 32 inches Pant Length: 40 inches Pant Inseam: 30 inches This Cher worn Bob Mackie custom designed gown is in excellent condition with no noticeable rips, stains or holes. The construction of this garment is impeccable. Perfectly working center bottom zipper and open hook closure. Only sign of age are a few missing sequins which are hard to notice when worn. Sonny's worn Ret Turner suit is also in excellent condition with no noticeable rips, stains or holes. Comes complete with his shoes as well! We will also include an original 1977 Westchester playbill featuring the outfits on the cover. Highly wearable and true works of art that will continue to increase in value.
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    Length: 60 in (152.4 cm)Bust: 32 in (81.28 cm)Waist: 25 in (63.5 cm)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
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    Beverly Hills, CA
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    1stDibs: LU30913589982

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