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The ”sultan of sequins” got his start as a costume assistant on The Judy Garland Show, but it wasn’t long before he was turning heads with his over-the-top costumes. During his 11-year tenure designing costumes for The Carol Burnett Show, he created an iconic curtain rod send-up of the drapes dress from Gone With the Wind. Mackie continued working in film and television — netting nine Emmys and three Oscar nominations, including one for dressing Barbra Streisand in 1975’s Funny Lady — as he branched out to designing eye-popping extravagances for Garland, Cher, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Most notably, he created the unforgettable mohawk-topped two piece that Cher rebelliously wore to the 1986 Oscars, when she had been snubbed for her performance in Mask.
Image Credit: Everett Collection; Inset: Julian Wasser/Getty Images
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