Cher, 72, has made it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The singer’s iconic embellished costumes will be part of the museum’s Met Gala exhibit in May, according to fashion designer and long-time collaborator, Bob Mackie.
In a new interview with Fashionista, Mackie revealed that he keeps the archives of the remaining original Cher costumes and lent a few for the upcoming “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibit.
Following last year’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit, this year’s focus on camp was announced in October and will be hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams. The theme is a play on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’,” which catapulted the term — referring to a combination of high art and pop culture — into the mainstream.
Mackie has kept meticulous records of his original embroidery and dress patterns for the iconic looks, from the pieces he designed for “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” to the over-the-top outfits Cher sported in real life, including the memorable beaded gown and headdress she wore to the 1986 Oscars.
There are no additional details about which pieces, if any, will make the final curation on the first Monday in May, but it is rare that the public gets a hint of what to expect before the big reveal.
Besides being the record-keeper for Cher’s past costumes, Mackie also served as the costume designer for “The Cher Show” on Broadway.
He used the exact patterns of the vintage pieces to create “outrageously expensive” new clothing for the stage and even had the unique pleasure of dressing a fictionalized version of himself.
Though the costumes Mackie designed for a young version of himself are a bit more flamboyant than what he wears in real life, the show does use a quote straight out of his mouth.
“They used one of my lines that I said about seeing an ‘underboob,’” he told Cher’s Costumes to Be Displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Part of ‘Camp’ Exhibi. “I said, ‘If you stood her on her head, it would just be cleavage!’ and they just took that right out of an interview of mine. I would have been annoyed if they hadn’t used some of my stuff.”
It remains to be seen if Cher will attend the Anna Wintour-led Met Gala. She most recently attended in 2015 for the “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibit. If the singer does show up, it would be unsurprising to see Mackie on her arm.
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