Bob Mackie is the designer behind some of the red carpet’s most memorable gowns. He's known for doing a lot with very little.
His most memorable creation was for Cher in 1986. The outfit was seen as "a rebuttal to the Academy for failing to nominate her for her role in Mask"
Mackie said of the gown: “We had a meeting at [Cher’s then boyfriend] Tom Cruise’s apartment in New York. She’d been in a lot of movies where she was wearing jeans and T-shirts and hadn’t worn a getup in a long time. I said, ‘But you can’t wear that to the Academy Awards’. She said, ‘I don’t care. I don’t want to look like a housewife in an evening gown.’ She was in every newspaper the next day; she’s not so dumb.”
Cher admits some regrets about the dress: “I knew some people in the Academy didn’t think that I was a serious actress. I always felt a bit sad that I presented Don Ameche with his Best Supporting Actor Award in that outfit. It seemed to make him a little nervous.”
What are your favorite "crazy" Oscar dresses and would you wear one to the ceremony?