Bob Mackie poses with his sketch of Elton John's outfit for Ice on Fire tour in 1986
Bob Mackie poses with his sketch of Elton John's outfit for Ice on Fire tour in 1986
2 Of his iconic outfits designed for Cher. The Red dress is from 1975, the marigold jumpsuit from 1971.
2 Of his iconic outfits designed for Cher. The Red dress is from 1975, the marigold jumpsuit from 1971.
Nine-time Emmy Award winner Bob Mackie has been creating outrageous outfits for Diana Ross, Cher and other celebrities for decades.

The sale includes a marigold jumpsuit worn by Cher on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” and a scarlet satin gown from the “Cher” show. There are also dresses won by Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch and other celebrities.

Mackie says, when designing for stars, he always try to enhance the image that they already have and that he doesn't  try to change anybody, he simply tries to make them look better than ever.

Bob Mackie poses with his sketch of Elton John's outfit for Ice on Fire tour in 1986
Mackie still works with Cher, 51 years after they first met. He says that “even at her most naked, she never looked vulgar.”

The 79-year-old American designer says he doesn’t mind getting rid of some of his creations as  “They can’t throw them in the casket when I go down,” he said. “What am I going to do with all this stuff? So why not let people enjoy them?”

Mackie and the collection are sailing from Britain to New York aboard the Queen Mary 2 starting Sunday. Julien’s Auctions will hold the sale Nov. 17 in Los Angeles and online.

Associated Press