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Fashion Meets Music: Cher

Fashion Meets Music: Cher

The Fashion Meets Music column often visits and does retrospectives on some of the most influential culture queens of music. Cher is a multi-faceted performer whose talents exceed the medium of music. She changed the standard of what was cool at the time. Cher’s style originated the square nail look that is still popular today. Sonny and Cher helped popularize the bell-bottom trend for men and women of the 60’s by wearing them on their television show. Cher would design her pants and her friend, Bridget, would sew them.

Nails Did

Nails Did

She emerged onto the Southern California scene, 16 year old beauty in the 60’s. Cher met Sonny Bono at a coffee shop in L.A., according to Cher, “It was as if the whole room went to soft focus, like Tony and Maria at the dance.” Sonny was a record industry worker and part-time percussionist. Sonny loved her voice and she adored his company. He introduced her to his boss, Phil Spector. Although her initial nervous audition with Spector wasn’t impressive. When she had Sonny on her side, their quirky chemistry made the music work.

They won acclaim with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour a television they ended each night with the tune, “I’ve Got You Babe”. Cher’s outrageous Bob Mackie-designed costumes and musical success made her a star.

Cher Trivia

  • Cher dropped out of high school at 16 due to dyslexia
  • Caesar and Cleo were the original recording names of Sonny and Cher
  • Bob Mackie has been dressing Cher for over 40 years
  • In 1979 Cher had her middle and last names dropped
  • Cher will resume her self titled show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting in April.

Bob Mackie met Cher in 1967 and the rest is fashion history! The creative combo built a vault of dazzling costumes. If you enjoy fantasy, sequins, glitter, and over-the-top fabulous, then these are for you.

Fashion Meets Music: Cher

Bob Mackie on the costumes that Cher wore during her 2008 shows in Las Vegas:

It’s like a drag queen’s delight. She had thoughts about being every sort of goddess – an Egyptian princess for “Strong Enough.” On “Half-Breed,” she’s an American Indian princess in a bejeweled loincloth and war bonnet that drapes to the floor. It’s crazy. On “Turn Back Time,” she’s in classic black and studs and holes and garter belts. On “Love Is a Battlefield,” the Pat Benatar hit, she comes out in a mini. NY Daily News

Cher is in her 60’s and can still wear a bedazzled catsuit four nights a week. Amazing. Take a look at Bob Mackie’s Cher fashion sketches for the Las Vegas shows running 90 minutes every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Cher won an Oscar in 1987 for her role in Moonstruck

Cher won an Oscar in 1987 for her role in Moonstruck

She has also starred in some pretty great films. If you were to do a Cher movie montage day, I would suggest these:

Must See Cher Movies:

  • Mask (1985)
  • Witches of Eastwick (1987)
  • Moonstruck (1987)
  • Mermaids (1990)

I can’t pick a favorite out of these four on any given day one will appeal in some sort of way. So great. Any favorite Cher films or music videos?

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Graphics: Sarah Bee

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