I thought I’d share a little about my top 4 vintage designers with you and illustrate exactly why I love them. I’ll dedicate a post each to these fab four:
1. Bob Mackie – Extravagant Glamour
2. Frank Usher – Elegance
3. Mary Quant – Innovation
4. Biba – Reinvention
Even though all of the above brands are still available today (Mary Quant and Biba in limited availability, through mail order and House of Fraser respectively) and still have gorgeous modern designs, it is their vintage history that really set them a part and where their best fashion designs shone through.
In the top spot is BOB MACKIE, not a household name but very famous and very acclaimed nonetheless, best known for Hollywood costuming and outfitting for show stopping events like award shows. He was the most dazzling of the sparkling variety at the time and his works are easily remembered.
Bob Mackie also has an impressive range with Barbie, now I’m not usually a fan of Barbie (or Cindy or Bratz) but I do admire their clothes now and then and the Mackie collection is exceptional. Additionally, unlike most Barbie dolls, the faces are all different which adds to their overall design.
Bob Mackie is also very well known for their costumes for touring stars such as Cher who worked with them frequently on her tours, Whitney Houston, The Supremes and Tina Turner.
Some might call his designs garish and tacky and it’s true to an extent, but when they’re right, they’re unbeatable as an overall collection. I’ve seen plenty of individual pieces or seasonal collections from other designers and from other periods that I prefer but overall the Bob Mackie brand is a benchmark for the true glamazon siren.