Cher’s long­time friend and costume de­signer Bob Mackie weighs in.

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You’ve been work­ing with Cher for a long time. Yes, 50 years… ter­ri­fy­ing! And we were full-blown adults when we met. Do you have a fa­vorite costume for this

show? I don’t have a fa­vorite. Some of the looks go back to the be­gin­ning, like the head­dress [“Half Breed”], and the bell­bot­toms [“I Got You Babe”]. The costume she wears for “Woman’s World” is ex­cit­ing—it’s all turquoise with a big afro, and that’s a whole new costume. And when she comes out on the boat [ for “Af­ter All,”] she’s like a re­li­gious icon. She falls into all these eth­nic groups so beau­ti­fully— African, In­dian, Mid­dle Eastern. You never lose her in a costume. When we first started work­ing to­gether, the ideal was the turned-up nose, squeaky-clean blue-eyed girl, and yet there were mil­lions of girls who had olive skin and a big­ger nose. Cher gave them the free­dom to be who they are. It’s been said that there are dozens of ma­jor fash­ion mo­ments that wouldn’t have hap­pened with­out your col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cher—like the Met Gala dress that Kim Kar­dashian wore in 2015 in­spired by a dress you made for Cher in 1974. In the be­gin­ning, she was the only one who [dressed up]. The pop mu­sic stars thought it was cool to wear T-shirts—what­ever you showed up in. Cher loved get­ting dressed. Then Madonna, and now Gaga, Pink, J Lo, Brit­ney: Every time they change a song they change their clothes. That Met dress—cher wore it to the Met Gala in 1974, and I was her date, and the place went crazy. Then, peo­ple just wore nice clothes, and now it looks like a costume ball. [Kar­dashian] didn’t look like Cher. What are your fa­vorite mem­o­ries of work­ing with Cher through the years? The woman is still the girl she was years ago. Nowa­days, she has a lit­tle more of an opin­ion. When she wanted that mo­hawk for the Academy Awards, she was mad at the Academy be­cause she hadn’t been nom­i­nated for Mask. “Don’t you think it’s a lit­tle overkill?” I asked. “No, it’ll be fine,” she said. And that pic­ture has shown up every year since 1986.

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