About the Designers
Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers” and as the darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo has made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories.
Since joining forces in 1988, Badgley Mischka has captivated both the fashion press and prominent retailers around the world with a sophisticated style that caters to a young, modern couture customer, without forsaking women of any age. “Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties,” says Mischka. “The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.”
Their designs are constructed of the finest fabrics and superior craftsmanship. There is always an element of interest, either in the silhouette or with luxurious detail. They have remained true to this design philosophy and the consistent integrity of their collections have pushed them to the forefront of fashion.
Clients ranging from presidential daughters to Hollywood award-winners to society brides have chosen Badgley Mischka to ensure they look their best during some of the most memorable and stylish events of their lives.
Their timeless designs appeal to a range of fashionable women, including celebrities such as Madonna, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Underwood.
Most recently, Helen Mirren and Queen Latifah defined glamour in Badgley Mischka Couture at the Oscars, while Glee’s Jayma Mays dazzled in Badgley Mischka Couture at the Golden Globes.
There is a unique synergy between the talented duo, who met while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York. They share a similar aesthetic about clothes and the way people dress. Both men spent time designing for leading names – Badgley for Donna Karan; Mischka, the men’s collection for WilliWear WilliSmith – before starting their own line.
Within a few years, they had elevated their burgeoning fashion brand to include a bridal collection, elegantly detailed evening bags, and footwear – all to rave reviews.
Badgley Mischka continues to grace the covers of countless magazines including Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily.
In 2009, the brand launched its contemporary collection Mark + James by Badgley Mischka. Designed for a young yet sophisticated customer, Mark + James offers women a fresh, modern, sexy and more affordable way to wear the Badgley Mischka label.
Badgley Mischka is sold in the most prestigious stores in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.