The first-ever, comprehensive and authorized showcase of legendary fashion designer Bob Mackie’s fabulous life and work, featuring hundreds of photos and dozens of never-before-seen sketches from his personal collection.

Cher, Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, P!nk, Tina Turner, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, RuPaul, and Madonna...what do they all have in common? All have been dressed by Bob Mackie.

For nearly six decades, the iconic and incomparable Bob Mackie has been designing stunning, unforgettable clothing. His unique, glamorous—sometimes hilarious—creations have appeared on Broadway stages, TV screens, runways, and red carpets worldwide. For his pioneering genius and continual reinvention, he is a Tony Award and nine-time Emmy Award winner, a three-time Oscar nominee, and recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the first time, he has granted full access to his archives and personal memories to the authors of this lavish celebration of his achievements.

The Art of Bob Mackie is the first-ever comprehensive and fully authorized book showcasing Mackie’s work, from his early days as a sketch artist for the legendary Edith Head at Paramount to his current, cutting-edge costumes for pop stars and line of accessible, wearable clothing for QVC. In addition to hundreds of glorious photos and dozens of dishy recollections from Mackie and his many muses, this gorgeous volume features never-before-seen sketches from throughout his prolific career, from Marilyn Monroe’s iconic “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown to Carol Burnett’s “Went with the Wind” curtain-rod dress, to Cher’s show-stopping 1986 Oscar look. As other designers have burst onto the scene and faded out of fashion, Mackie has soared from success to success, always remaining relevant because he has always been spectacularly fashion-forward.

With a foreword by Carol Burnett and an afterword by Cher, The Art of Bob Mackie is a stunning must-have for lovers of sequins, beads, and feathers; Broadway shows and classic television; pop music and pop culture; and fashion with incomparable flair.

About the author(s)

Frank Vlastnik is an author, actor, photo editor, and Broadway, television, and pop culture historian. After working for four years as an archivist/researcher in the Time/Life Picture Collection, Frank acted as photo editor for heavily illustrated books such as A Chronicle of the American Musical TheatreJerry Herman: The Lyrics, and Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors’ Equity Association. His first book, Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time, coauthored with Ken Bloom, was awarded the The George Freedley Memorial Award by the Theatre Library Association for its “outstanding contribution to the literature of the theatre.” He lives in New York City.

Laura Ross is an author, editor, and publishing consultant who has served as Editorial Director at Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers and Theatre Communications Group; Vice President/Director of Marketing at Pocket Books; Director of Advertising and Promotion at Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books; and the coproprietor of a book-packaging firm, Cognoscenti Books. She has also worked as a journalist, book doctor, and ghost writer of a variety of memoirs and works of narrative nonfiction. Her attributed works include a series of annotated classics, a wellness book, and several works of history, including Traveling the Silk Road and Theodore Roosevelt: A Passion to Lead. She lives in New York City.

Carol Burnett is a highly acclaimed actress known for her roles on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. She has been honored with twelve People’s Choice Awards, eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor.


Exhibit[s] the brilliance that is Bob Mackie and his vast powers of imagination and creativity. . .  this is a book that must become part of your library.” –NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

The Art of Bob Mackie…is a celebration of the designer’s outrageous creativity. The compendium [is]…a 300-plus page testament to his singular talent.” NEW YORK POST


“Filled with Mackie’s original sketches and hundreds of photos that help tell the story of his sparkling career.” –ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Lavishly illustrated. . . A must-have for the fan of glitz and glamour.” –THE BOSTON GLOBE

"The Art of Bob Mackie is a colorful and informative must-have for lovers of sequins, beads, feathers, Broadway shows, classic television, pop culture and fashion with incomparable flair.” –DESERT SUN

“The life and work of the legendary designer Bob Mackie is on resplendent display in this first-ever authorized collection. Part scrap book, part tribute (with contributions from Carol Burnett and Cher, no less), this comprehensive collection…might be the next best thing to owning one of his fantastical creations yourself.”TOWN & COUNTRY

The Art of Bob Mackie by Frank Vlastnik and Laura Ross is an authorized trip down memory lane…Fans of “lewks,”divas and Hollywood gossip will have lots to enjoy.” BOOKPAGE

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