Fashion’s Famous Duo

March 15, 2009 • Magazine

Fashion's Famous Duo

Fashion's Famous Duo

Sun, 2009-03-15 13:00

Bonnie J Brown

The world is full of famous duos; Las Vegas has, or had as of two weeks ago, Siegfried and Roy, kids have Ken and Barbie (happy 50th birthday, Barbie!), the 1960’s had Sonny and Cher, the ballroom dance floor had Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and fashion has Badgley Mischka. Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the famous fashion duo who have been designing together since the late 1980’s are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a large scale advertisement that you’ll be able to see on the glossy pages of all high-end fashion magazines next month. The famous actresses and models who will be featured in the ad will range from 65 year-old model Lauren Hutton to 26 year-old American Idol winner and all-American country girl Carrie Underwood. The ads will showcase the beauties glammed-out in evening dresses from Badgley Mischka’s upcoming 2009 collections and couture line and will have a tag-line stating simply: “Badgley Mischka Celebrating Two Decades of Glamour.”

For the past 20 years Badgley Mischka has certainly been adding glamour to fashion. Their elegant silhouettes and decadent materials are combined to create dresses women long to wear to black tie events, weddings and on the red carpet. But, what sets Badgley Mischka’s dresses apart from all the other evening looks is that simplicity is key to their designs. Maybe it’s the fact that both designers are from the Midwest and understand that everyday women want to look glamorous but don’t always have the time. Badgley is quoted on as saying “one zip and you’re glamorous. We like to keep things effortless.” This effortless beauty allows women to go from day-time work apparel to 1940’s glam, the aesthetic the pair has been infusing into their gowns since their beginning. I recall watching an episode of an E! Network fashion/style show in the late 1990’s that featured Badgley and Mischka, and they were showcasing how easy it is for them to create a glamorous look (and maybe saying that we could do it too, though I doubt that). They took a large piece of fabric, draped it on their model and with a few twists and an antique broach they created a dress she was able to wear out on the town. Needless to say, I was amazed and in love!

While their bread and butter is glamour, the duo are still talented enough to produce a Ready-to-Wear line that is sophisticated and alluring. Just three years after starting their line, one of their RTW designs was named a “Relevant Dress” of 1991. Since then they have added shoes, accessories and more. It is obvious that the saying “two minds are better than one” is confirmed with these two fashion masterminds.

1. Badgley Mischka Spring 2000 RTW
2. Badgley Mischka Fall 2002 RTW
3. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in a 2006 Badgley Mischka Ad.
4. Mark Badgley and James Mischka 2009
5. Badgley Mischka Spring 2009 RTW 2009

6. 20 Year Anniversary Advertisment 2009

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