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Bob Mackie is to be the subject of a documentary, directed by Matthew Miele. Slated for a 2020 release, the movie will cover Bob’s 50-year career in showbiz, designing for names like Elton, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

The 80-year-old has authorised the project, providing Miele and his team with assets to rare and unseen designs, in addition to detailing the process from design to construction—capturing the work of artisans whose hand-made work goes into making a Mackie gown.

Meanwhile, the man behind some of Elton’s most memorable stage outfits was an influence on the movie Rocketman.

He “was integral to Elton’s look,” says costume designer Julian Day, who was given access to the performer’s archives and studied Mackie’s outfits. Rather than copy them, however, Day — who has never met Mackie — sought to “reimagine where he would have gotten his inspiration from for all these fantastical overblown elements.”

Incidentally, the designer – and just-revealed 2019 Tony Award nominee (awards to be held on June 9) for The Cher Show  –  will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming CFDA Fashion Awards.

Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on the third of June at New York’s Brooklyn Museum.