Over the course of nearly 50 years, Bob Mackie has designed costumes for Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Chita Rivera. Called the sultan of sequins, the prince of glamour and the raja of rhinestones, his outfits have been worn on every major stage from New York to Hong Kong and have inspired virtually every drag queen who's ever struck a pose. But no one screams Bob Mackie quite like Cher, whose show at Caesars Palace opens Tuesday. Here, the designer speaks to WWD about how he got his start, why he hated the fashion world and what inspired the most infamous Oscar getup of all time.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"