Bob Mackie Revived One of Elton John’s Most Iconic Costumes Last Night


Singer Elton John closed out his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium last night. “Tonight is a very special night, a very emotional night for me,” John said shortly after performing “Philadelphia Freedom” on the piano. “It’s been a long journey.” The choice of location was significant, given it’s where John performed a series of sold-out stadium concerts back in 1975—and where sported one of his most iconic costumes of all time. You may remember the fully-sequined L.A. Dodgers baseball uniform he wore, designed by Bob Mackie, master of stage style. It’s a look so memorable that stars like Harry Styles have even replicated it today. 

For John’s farewell concert at the famous location, he and Mackie partnered up once again to revive the Dodgers look—though it had a different look and feel this time around. They started with the hat: Mackie wanted to replicate the exact crystal and pearl-encrusted “L.A.” baseball cap as the original was lost years ago. “Since we didn’t have the original hat in our hands, and it was 47 years ago, we had to depend on our memory and photos,” Mackie tells Vogue. “But this is as close to the original as possible.” The statement piece was made using “royal blue sequin yardage, crystal rhinestones set in white in two different sizes, and white embroidery with large, rhinestone buttons on each side of the bill,” says Mackie. “We were able to locate and use as many of similar materials where available.”

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