Designers Badgley Mischka Celebrate American Glamour

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Actress Alfre Woodard with hosts/designers Mark Badgley (L) and James Mischka (R) during the Badgley Mischka book signing to celebrate "Badgley Mischka: American Glamour"
Actress Alfre Woodard with hosts/designers Mark Badgley (L) and James Mischka (R) during the Badgley Mischka book signing to celebrate “Badgley Mischka: American Glamour”

Photo Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka Beverly Hills is typically home to designer duds, but last week, it was transformed into a high-end bookstore as founders Mark Badgley and James Mischka celebrated their book,“Badgley Mischka: American Glamour.”

The lavish volume is the first to celebrate the twosome, the authorities of the evening dress. Badgley and Mischka joined forces to form Badgley Mischka in 1988. By the time Winona Ryder walked the red carpet at the 1996 Academy Awards in their gown encrusted in crystal and pearl beads, the design duo had become synonymous with elegant and luxurious evening dresses. Informed by a streamlined 1940s Hollywood silhouette while employing exquisite beads crafted in India, Badgley Mischka have become the arbiters of old Hollywood glamour.

Their book—which was written by designer duo with a foreword by Andre Leon Talley, contribution by Hal Rubenstein and an introduction by Dennita Sewell—showcases their long-celebrated silhouettes—skinny beaded dresses, fishtail and ball gowns, and cocktail dresses—inspired by the masters of a bygone era. It is, essentially, an homage to the evening dress.

Joining the pair in Beverly Hills were celebrities such as Alfre Woodard, Dania Ramirez, Anika Noni RoseZoe Cassavetes, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Rachelle Gores Fredstone, among others.

A view of the store exterior during the Badgley Mischka book signing
A view of the store exterior during the Badgley Mischka book signing

Photo Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka

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