‘Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion’ Documentary Explained: The Stories Behind His Designs, Celebrity Collaborations and More

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After a decades-long career, Bob Mackie is getting the documentary treatment. The famed designer and costumier is the subject of the forthcoming documentary “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion,” spotlighting Mackie’s iconic designs, his contributions to stage and screen and his collaborations with celebrities like Cher, Carol Burnett and more.

Ahead of its Paley Center for Media world premiere in May, learn more about the “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion” documentary, including its premiere date, plot and director.

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What is “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion” about?

Cher and Bob Mackie
Cher, at left, and Bob Mackie at the 1974 Met Gala.

“Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion” traces the life of the fashion icon on screen and off, highlighting Mackie’s global impact on TV, film, Broadway and concert stages and within fashion and popular culture. The film will feature contributions from Mackie’s most famous collaborators, including Carol Burnett, Cher, Mitzi Gaynor, RuPaul Charles, Bernadette Peters, Pink and Miley Cyrus.

The documentary will also highlight Mackie’s rise to prominence and his various accolades, including his nine Emmy Award wins, Tony Award wins and three Oscar nominations, among other career milestones.

When does it premiere?

ob Mackie winner Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Cher Show at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York, Sunday, June 9.
Bob Mackie at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards.

The film will premiere on May 13 at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles. Following the premiere, there will be a Q&A with Mackie and special guests Cher, RuPaul Charles and Carol Burnett. The conversation will be moderated by Dave Karger of Turner Classic Movies. A date for “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion” to premiere on streaming or in theaters has yet to be announced.

Who directs “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion”?

American fashion designer Bob Mackie embraces actor and comedian Carol Burnett at one of his fashion shows.
Bob Mackie and Carol Burnett in 1969.

“Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion,” is directed by Matthew Miele. Miele has directed such fashion and New York-oriented documentaries as 2013’s “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” 2016’s “Crazy About Tiffany’s” and 2018’s “Always at The Carlyle.”

Are there any trailers of “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion”?

A trailer for “Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion” has not yet been released.

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