Just Married: Badgley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka portrait, early 1990s

After 28 years together, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka were married in New York last weekend. To celebrate, here’s a look back at two decades of Badgley Mischka sewing patterns.

With much happiness, we announce that after 28 years together, Mark & James were married today in NYC.

Badgley and Mischka met at the Parsons School of Design. They founded Badgley Mischka in 1988, making 2013 the label’s 25th anniversary. Badgley Mischka’s relationship with Vogue Patterns began in the 1990s, when they were introduced to the Vogue Attitudes line.

Vogue 1050 by Badgley Mischka, Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, January-February 1993
Vogue 1050 by Badgley Mischka, Vogue Patterns retail catalogue, January-February 1993. Image: eBay.

These two early Badgley Mischka patterns show the pair’s knack for polished dress-and-jacket ensembles:

early 1990s dress and jacket pattern by Badgley Mischka - Vogue 1049
Vogue 1049 by Badgley Mischka (1993) Image: Etsy.
mid-1990s Badgley Mischka jacket and dress pattern - Vogue 1639
Vogue 1639 by Badgley Mischka (1995) Image: Etsy.

Of course, Badgley Mischka is best known for bridal and evening wear. A bridal line was introduced in the mid-1990s and, often, Badgley Mischka evening wear patterns will be shown made up in bridal ivories and whites. Vogue 1903 has a bias skirt and options for a contrast, Empire bodice with rhinestone straps or beaded contrast back. My mother has made view A for opera-going:

1990s Badgley Mischka evening dress pattern, Empire or open back, with stole - Vogue 1903
Vogue 1903 by Badgley Mischka (1996) Image: PatternVault shop.

Vogue 2237, a strapless evening dress and bolero pattern, has been was in print for over a decade:

Late 1990s Badgley Mischka strapless evening dress and bolero shrug pattern - Vogue 2237
Vogue 2237 by Badgley Mischka (ca. 1998) Image: PatternVault shop.

This sleek evening dress has a contrast bodice yoke and elbow-length sleeves:

Badgley Mischka evening dress with elbow-length sleeves, train and contrast bodice yoke - Vogue 2716
Vogue 2716 by Badgley Mischka (2002) Image: Etsy.

In recent years the label’s new lines, Mark + James and Badgley Mischka Platinum, have also been licensed to Vogue Patterns. From Badgley Mischka Platinum, this bias evening dress with gathered bodice, front drape, and matching stole is shown in a liquid lamé:

Gold lamé Badgley Mischka bias evening dress and stole - Vogue 1079
Vogue 1079 by Badgley Mischka (2008) Image: Etsy.

This Mark + James ruffled, strapless jumpsuit is in Vogue’s current offerings:

Badgley Mischka Mark + James white, ruffled, strapless jumpsuit pattern - Vogue 1249 (2011)
Vogue 1249 by Mark + James (2011) Image: Etsy.

Also current, this Badgley Mischka Platinum cocktail dress has details including cowl sleeves, open shoulders, and jewelled appliqué, that nod to Badgley Mischka’s favourite inspiration, the glamour of Old Hollywood:

Badgley Mischka Platinum short formal dress pattern - Vogue 1256
Vogue 1256 by Badgley Mischka Platinum (2011) Image: Etsy.

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