Mark Badgley was born in 1961 in Illinois, USA.
He moved with his family to Oregon when he was just seven years old. From an early age he had the habit of designing clothes and when it came time to opt for a college degree, he decided to study Fine Arts at the University of Oregon. He then enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) to study business. In 1982, he moved to New York and entered the Parsons School of Design.
There he met James Mischka, another student who would become his partner in business and life. He graduated in 1985, the same year he started dating Mischka.
Badgley worked as an assistant to Jackie Rogers and Donna Karan until 1988, when he opened Badgley Mischka, his own brand, with boyfriend James Mischka.
In 2013, after 28 years together, Mark and James got married.
Bibliography: Callan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.