Bernadette Peters Dazzled In Iconic ’80s Bob Mackie Gown for 74th Tony Awards

Broadway star Bernadette Peters stepped out in sustainable fashion for the 74th Tony Awards, as she wore a vintage Bob Mackie dress from the ’80s.

Broadway star and icon Bernadette Peters attended the 74th Tony Awards this year and decided to make a sustainable fashion statement by wearing an ’80s Bob Mackie dress.

She wore a sparkly black gown that featured shining metallic stars that went down the front of the dress. The gown also featured a tulle detail on the shoulder that ran down the floor-length skirt.

The iconic designer, who gave Peters the gown for one of her concerts in 1986, shared photos of Peters wearing it at the Tonys and a throwback photo of her wearing it in 1986.

Mackie also shared an image of his original stretch of the gown. Along with the stunning pictures of the singer, Mackie asked his fan how gorgeous Peters looked as he wrote:

“How gorgeous did @OfficialBPeters look in a vintage Bob Mackie couture gown last night at @TheTonyAwards?”

Bernadette Peters, Army Archerd, and Steve Martin pictured at the 53rd Annual Academy Awards. | Photo: Getty Images

Peters’ rep, Judy Katz, told People that Peters felt the dress was a perfect fit for the “Broadway is Back Special” Tony Award telecast because the gown is a classic Bob Mackie.

While wearing the gorgeous black gown at the Tony Awards on Sunday, Peters walked the red carpet with Josh Groban. Later, she took the stage to honor those who died during the COIVD-19 pandemic during the In Memoriam tribute.

Mackie then encouraged Peters to take some of the costumes he had made…

Peters and Mackie have a long fashion history together. Besides Peters wearing her 74th Tony gown originally in 1986, Mackie has made many costumes for her concerts throughout the years.

He even designed and created Peters’ 1986 Tony Awards gown. During a 2010 interview with, Peters shared she wore a black and purple Mackie gown when she won her first Tony Award for her role as Emma in “Song and Dance.”

In 1981, Peters revealed to John Davidson on “The John Davidson Show” that she met the designer while working on “The Carol Burnett Show” as he had been doing the costumes.

Mackie had asked Peters who made her costumes for the times she was in productions in summer stock. Peters explained that the production had seamstresses who made the various costumes.

Mackie then encouraged Peters to take some of the costumes he had made as he wanted her to look her best. And with that, Peters started wearing his clothing, including her 74th Tony Awards look, which was initially an encore dress.

The 73-year-old is a big name in the Broadway show world and has been in several plays including “On the Town,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and “Mack & Mabel.”


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