Badgley Mischka is a design team of James Mischka and Mark Badgley. James Mischka (b.1960 , Burlington, Wisconsin, USA) enrolled in 1982 at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he met classmate Mark Badgley (b. 1961, East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA) After graduation and separate apprenticeships with Badgley as assistant designer to Donna Karan and Mischka as assistant designer to Willi Smith the pair formed their own company in 1985. Their 1987 show attracted buyers from major department stores who were drawn to their elegant, contemporary versions of classic designs. In recent years they have attracted a Hollywood client-el for their decolletes cocktail dresses and tunics encrusted with beads.