Jewels, pearls, and plain Florsheim shoes for Michael Jackson

October 27, 2012

Jewels, pearls, and plain Florsheim shoes for Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was the ultimate artist, who oversaw every detail of his performances, slick choreography for stones and pearls carefully hand sewn on her elaborate costumes, the designer long suit said.

As far as music and dance characterized the pop superstar, was the end of Jackson also known for his style military uniforms and insignia, gloves inlaid jewelry, fedora hats and coats fine beads.

In a new book, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson,” Michael Bush, the man who designed and built the costumes for Michael Jackson 25 years until the death of the pop star in 2009, offers a look behind the scenes at the legendary superstar and the development of his style.

“The clothes had to work around the way he played,” Bush told Reuters in a telephone interview. “He wanted her outfits and costumes so entertaining on a hanger as they were on him. It was an extra layer of sophistication and detail that is expected to the public.”

Jackson wore had an accent and was an extension of what he did on stage, dancing plays a central role in the design. He prefers stones and pearls, as the stage relief.


, fitness and comfort are critical, with bands and fringes banned because they could not be absorbed by the fans.

“It was very artificial. It was very thoughtful,” Bush said, adding that the stadiums have become bigger, pants Michael Jackson shorter, the better to see his socks rhinestone.

“Michael feared that the people in the back row so far paid to see if people who work on the front, so no mistake, that he was planning on entertainment because everyone can see what he was doing , “Bush said.

MAN paradoxes


Bush 800-900 costumes and his partner Dennis Tompkins, the deceased last year, Jackson has been over-the-top, skin tight, flashy pop star creations. many photos are presented in described in the book, but also drawings and photographs of the performance.

But away from the spotlight, Jackson prefer more casual shirts, loose black cotton corduroy pants with pleats at the front, and moccasins.

And despite his fame and wealth, and the gifts of designer shoes, Jackson still performed in Florsheim shoes, which can be purchased at most locations in the U.S..

“He taught dance in Florsheims. They were comfortable and had what he had worn as a child star”, explained in the book, which will be released on October 23.

Jackson style has evolved from its military uniforms, with clean lines and decorations designed with the female audience in mind. They were followed by a more rebellious look with edgy leather jackets, one with small spoons and forks hanging like military medals on the front.

“The first layer is the jacket, then we put the zipper underneath, and the loops of the” Bad “album look, then asked:” How can we make this larger than life on stage, “

strobe lights and electric jackets to the next step. Each album has its own look, which evolved from the look that precedes it.

Perhaps the greatest success was Bush and Tompkins Jackson “shoes” lean, which were eventually patented. He first made his “lean move,” bent over at an angle of 45 degrees in the movie “Smooth Criminal” short in 1987, thanks to the rear screens magic.

Bush and Tompkins were charged with developing of shoes that would travel to Jackson in public, without falling. Tompkins It took a month, but he has designed shoes bolted to the floor and worked perfectly on stage.

Although Jackson said he was not a favorite costume to have, Bush said that the most beloved pop star, and which it has been put to rest, the pearl inlaid with pearls and white jacket military when he wore his sister Janet gave him a Grammy Award in 1993.

There was no time to track down the original coat when the Jackson family contacted Bush and Tompkins asked for the last outfit to choose, so they made a copy

“Michael was a man of paradoxes, most of which we have represented in the clothes we designed:. rigid military cuts were as elastic and mobile rebel insignia, suitable for military commanders, aimed at the heart of a gentle man, blinded decorations adorning a man blessed with a quiet humility, unique, handmade clothing worn by the elderly, Florsheim shoes scuffed ” , Bush said in the book


Jackson, 50, deceased in Los Angeles in June 2009 from an overdose of propofol anesthesia the surgery, he took to help him sleep. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, where a four-year sentence for manslaughter.

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