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“I dream up these things in my bedroom,” said Cher, shortly after being lowered onto a Seattle stage while dressed in a jeweled Mongolian hooded coat and singing U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The singer-actress, who is saying farewell to live performing during her North American tour, is not saying hello to subtlety: Her 11 costume changes require four dressers and her seven wigs a wigmaster. Cher, 56, and longtime designer Bob Mackie, 63, who created all but the final outfit shown here, were shooting for a sort of Cirque de Cher effect. “When she’s in her top hat and tails as a ringmaster mistress,” says Mackie, “it’s the Cher-est Show on Earth.”