Bob Mackie was born in Monterey Park, California, on March 24, 1940. He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, but left after only two years to begin his career in costume design. In 1963 he teamed up with the costume designer Ray Aghayan for the television series The Judy Garland Show. Mackie went on to design all the costumes for The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978), while continuing to work on other television projects, such as The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974). He also gained further design experience by creating costumes for the Judy Garland Show in 1964. Throughout his career Mackie specialized in designing wardrobes for TV specials. His celebrity clientele brought him to Las Vegas, where he designed costumes for headliners and showgirls alike. Mackie has also provided costumes for numerous theater productions. His distinguished career has included seven Emmys and three Academy Award nominations. Over the course of four decades, he has dressed a dazzling array of celebrities including Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Madonna, Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Sonny and Cher.