Fashion & Beauty

Badgley Mischka: American Glamour

This lavish volume is the first to celebrate the designs of duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the authorities on the evening dress. After meeting at Parsons School of Design in New York and embarking on separate apprenticeships at major fashion houses, Mark Badgley and James 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 commitment to classic American beauty continues to reign on the red carpet today. As Mark and James say, “glamour always works.”  
Badgley Mischka follow in the great haute-couture tradition of legendary fashion houses such as Christian Dior and Adrian, who continue to inspire them season after season. These pages showcase the long-celebrated silhouettes—skinny beaded dresses, fishtail and ball gowns, and cocktail dresses—inspired by the masters of a bygone era. Embellished modern evening gowns imbued with the allure of Hollywood’s golden age have been Badgley Mischka’s signature voice for more than twenty-five years, and this book is a celebration of the evening dress in all its shimmering glory.

About The Author

Mark Badgley and James Mischka have made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, and bridal collections. Badgley Mischka styles can be found at prestigious stores around the world. André Leon Talley is a contributing editor at Vogue. Hal Rubenstein is a writer, a designer, and one of the founding editors of InStyle magazine. He is a frequent red-carpet commentator for The Today Show, Extra, and Access Hollywood. Dennita Sewell is curator of fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum.

  • Publish Date: October 20, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 12
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $65.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4601-6


"[Badgley Mischka] is a testimony to the way Badgley Mischka embodies glamour - from Forties shapes to beading and fairytale finishes, from cocktail dresses to fishtail gowns. In this tome, the sentiment is captured beautifully."

"Indulge yourself in the fascinating history of the masterpiece evening gown, originally fashioned by Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Their insight on timeless design is priceless. 

"For some readers, they will be satisfied with the abundance of celebrity photos all dressed by the team during their past quarter of a century; but for the more savvy reader this book will prove to be an amazing visual feast as well as a library of technique and design. In the end, [Badgley MischkaAmerican Glamour] is a book that satisfies on many levels - a hands down winner in the genre." 

Author Bookshelf: André Leon Talley