Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Icon of te Week: Dark Lady

With her pin straight black hair, olive skin, equine beauty and her deep contralto, Cher was unlike anyone the entertainment world had either seen or heard. And at a little over 5'8 and all bone, she was a designer's dream to dress. Originally a flower child,Cher and then husband Sonny Bono fully embraced fur vests and bell bottoms.

But as they made the transition from being pop stars to television stars, Cher's fashion choices grew more extravagant, thanks to Designer to the Divas, Bob Mackie. Neither he nor Cher were afraid to show off her amazing bod with navel-grazing sequined gowns, feather boas, and sweeping trains, which, unsurprisingly, overshadowed Sonny on their popular variety show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

Inevitably, Cher went on to solo success, with a string of hits, followed by a surprisingly wonderful stint as a movie actress, eventually winning the Best Actress Oscar in 1988 for Moonstruck. And what did she wear to accept her little trophy?

Who else but Mackie?

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