Bob Mackie: A Sketchy Past

by on ‎04-07-2017 10:48 AM

When Bob Mackie designs a costume, gown, and even casual clothes, he starts by putting pencil to paper. Every design begins as a sketch. That’s a lot of sketches by this prolific designer! Sometimes, when fans recognize Bob in public, after they get his autograph and a selfie, they ask for a sketch to keep as a memento.


Carol Burnett’s “Starlett O’Hara” costume is one of Bob Mackie’s most recognizable costume designs. During her skit on The Carol Burnett Show she quipped, “I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it.” Bob worked on her show for 11 years. “If Carol could make her first entrance and get a laugh without saying or doing anything funny, that was a lot of fun for me. Or if a comic’s pants would fall down when they were supposed to, I was a happy man. Comedy was a serious business for me though—it was really my own little science. It wasn’t just about putting funny clothes on people.”


When Bob was a boy, he loved going to the movies. When he got home, he’d sketch what he saw in those films. Then he’d tape his drawings to soda bottles. “I’d put a 45 record on the player and shine a flashlight on my scenes. I was producing my own musicals. Of course no one would ever see them except me, but I figured I was training myself for what I’d do later.” During his career, Bob designed many memorable evening gowns and headdresses. This sketch turned into the stunning ensemble Cher wore for a magazine cover shoot.



Bob’s been sketching designs for QVC since he debuted his clothing line on QVC in 1992. He remembers those early days—with the rotating round stage. “You could be selling scarves and there’d be cooking smells. There was no make-up room and one green room for everyone!” Next month, you’ll see his sketch of a sporty top and pants combo brought to life as Bob Mackie’s Floral Embroidered Knit Top and Knit Crop Pants Set (A290695). Watch for it in May when it’s the QVC2 Big Deal™!


Bob has 25 years of good memories at QVC with no plans to retire. “It’s fun! I love the people here.”


Happy anniversary, Bob! Keep sketching!



QVC Copywriter

on ‎04-07-2017 11:50 AM

Mr. Mackie is a treasure.  We are so fortunate to have his fashions available to us on QVC.

on ‎04-07-2017 07:54 PM
I enjoy his presentations. They certainly spark up the QVC programming.
on ‎04-08-2017 09:32 AM

Love Bob Mackie - had some of his silk shirts and now have purchased tops and newer poly blouses that I wear as a blouse with a cashmere cardi over them - received many compliments on the "look". Bob is a class act and will watch him as long as he graces us with his presence at QVC!

on ‎04-08-2017 07:15 PM

Bob Mackie.....he's amazing!  I only wish QVC would hire him just to sit and talk about his life......I hang on to every word when he's on because the few things he drops here and there are so interesting.


I have quite a few of his clothes.  They fit me well and make me feel good when I wear them.  


I just wish he'd be on more often.

on ‎04-09-2017 09:27 AM

Oh...Bob Mackie is the True Definition of ""A TRUE GENTLEMAN "" I enjoy watching him very much.

I would love to know if he has ever put his sketches in a book for sale ""coffee table book" I would love to collect this Art..

Just a add to my wish list,  Thank You Mr Mackie for your contribution to ""BEAUTIFUL ""

on ‎04-10-2017 01:43 AM

Bob Mackie is the best! A real gentle man. We are so lucky to have him on QVC. Congratulations, Bob, for 25 memory filled years.

‎04-10-2017 07:39 PM - edited ‎04-10-2017 07:40 PM


          Happy Anniversary, Heart Bob Mackie! Heart Heart


on ‎04-15-2017 11:46 PM

Mr. Bob Mackie is an amazing artist and designer.  Such a wonderful person and a gentleman in all of his Q presentations.  I, like many Q watchers, enjoy listening to his comments about his designs, the stories behind the designs and who he designed them for.  I love all of my Bob Mackie purchases and get many compliments each time I wear them. They are well made, true to size and I wear them with confidence because I know that I look great.


Congratulations, Bob Mackie, on 25 years at the Q ... wishing for many more!


Mr. Mackie, a 'coffee table book' of your sketches and stories would be a treasure for your fans.  If you haven't considered it or started to put one together, please reconsider.


(Thank you @deedeewar, for suggesting this 'coffee table book' of sketches that so many of us have asked for and want Mr. Mackie to put together and publish.)