Tina Turner has become almost as recognizable for her sexy stage style as for her sultry sound. And it’s a look she’s been developing over the past 30 years with the help of costume designer Bob Mackie. Now, he’s at it again, stitching new stage creations for Tina’s 2008 world tour, which kicked off last night in Kansas City —
Now, more than three decades of working together, Turner, 68, says she’s “leaning a bit more towards a rock-influenced look.” To that end, Mackie has been looking back at the thigh-grazing dresses, beaded tops and shiny stretch pants he created for Turner’s solo club act in the late Seventies. His new designs include the requisite “Proud Mary” minidresses, as well as a postapocalyptic look inspired by Turner’s role in 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” and a vixen getup à la “GoldenEye,” the 1995 James Bond film for which she wrote the theme song. And, though he’s working in a mostly neutral palette (“Because there’s so much there, you wouldn’t want to [use a lot of color],” he notes), Mackie’s going full throttle with the details, including plenty of lacing, fringe, studs and jewels.