Mark Badgley & James Mischka
Entering the fine outerwear category in 2011, the dynamic duo, Mark Badgley (birthday 01/12/61) and James Mischka (birthday 12/23/60), creators of the elegant Badgley Mischka fashion lines, presented a couture line of shearling lamb garments. Celebrating the store’s 80th Anniversary (in 2011), York Furrier was a premiere vendor of the debut collection.
The duo’s shearling collection continues to offer classic styling infused with signature glam details. With a flair for the dramatic, Badgley Mischka also produces a superb line of luxe leather jackets, rainwear, leather handbags, and stunning evening clutches featuring strong silhouettes and unique closures – which are all available in the Elmhurst City Centre at York Furrier.
Partners in work and life, Badgley and Mischka, both 1985 graduates from Parsons School of Design, began their namesake partnership in 1988. Using fine fabrics, superb craftsmanship, and slinky silhouettes adorned with an element of glamorous detail, Badgley Mischka creations are spotted on socialites, brides, and Hollywood startlets for life’s most important special occasions.
Favorite Badgley Mischka garment sightings include: bride, Jada Pinkett and groom, Will Smith both wore the duo’s creations to their 1997 wedding; Winona Ryder, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and Queen Latifah have all worn the duo’s glam gowns for the Oscar’s red carpet; twins Jenna Bush and Barbara Bush wore Badgley Mischka to their father’s 2005 inaugaration; Jordin Sparks took the title of 2007 American Idol wearing a Badgley Mischka creation; and in 2008 for the group’s 50th Anniversary Gala all the women of the Alvin Ailey dance troop wore the duo’s embellished gowns to showcase their lithe shapes.
With decades of experience, the Badgley Mischka label has expanded from evening wear, bridal, luxury outerwear and handbags, to now include fragrances, shoes, jewelry, eye wear, lingerie, swimwear, sportswear, and dressed up day wear. Visit York Furrier in the Elmhurst City Centre at 107 N. York St., Elmhurst, IL to view Badgley Mischka designed outerwear, handbags, and clutches.
Accolades and highlights for Badgley Mischka include:
- 1989 Mouton Cadet Young Designer Award
- 1992 Dallas International Apparel Mart Rising Star Award
- 2000 Badgley Mischka opens flagship retail store in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive
- 2001 Marymount University’s Designer of the Year Award
- 2006 The duo appear on reality show, Project Runway, as judges
- 2009 Badgley Mischka debuts the Mark & James and The American Glamour lines
- 2013 In March, after 28 years as a couple, Mark Badgley and James Mischka wed in NYC