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Fashion Diary: Remembering Michael Jackson, forever the King of Pop

Michael-jackson-glove-billie jean michael jackson's fashions michael jackson fashion sense michael jackson fashion icon Wearing one glove, he influenced an entire generation. Michael Jackson, 1980s style icon, had us copying his military badges, white ankle socks and black loafers as often as his moonwalk.

Jackson understood the power of costume — on and off the stage, but especially in court. His oddly styled get-ups (the famous pajama bottoms and armbands) created a template for a kind of kooky celeb-goes-to-court look.

The men behind the Man in the Mirror were L.A.-based costume designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. They quietly designed most of Jackson’s personal and concert tour wardrobes, tens of thousands of pieces, many with military details. One jacket--worn in a 1990 L.A. Gear ad campaign--was black suede and covered in minature gold license plates. They even had a Michael mannequin in their studio, built to the singer’s exact measurements. The pop star’s directive was always, “This is what the world’s wearing — top it,” they told me in 2005.

“I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime.  Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star.  He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure.  My wife, Deborah, and I will always have great affection for him,” John Landis, who directed the 1983 film “Thriller,” said by email. Deborah Landis, a costume designer, created the iconic red Thriller jacket.

Jackson was a model for how to be a pop star for a lifetime, reinventing his look often. And the neverending speculation about his rhinoplasties fueled our cultural obsession with plastic surgery.

It’s almost as if the fashion industry knew it was time for a Jackson tribute. The pop singer was everywhere on the runway this last season, in the crystal-studded jackets at Balmain, and the sequined gloves at Louis Vuitton.

Swarovski had been tapped to bedazzle the costumes for Jackson's comeback tour beginning next month in London. I'm sure it would have been a fashion spectacle for the ages.

-- Booth Moore

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Michael Jackson sports his trademark glove as he performs "Billie Jean" during his "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7, 2001. Credit: Beth A. Keiser / Associated Press

 
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One word - UNBELIEVABLE! Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, has died. This is a sad day, not in just the world of music itself, but in the entire world. He was arguably one of the top 5 entertainers of ALL time.

I can't help but be saddened, and disturbed, in the events that haunted his last years. Certainly, most people will agree, he didn't fit the mold as what we think of as "everybody's all-american". However, it is these people, such as Michael, who don't fit the mold which make the world go 'round.

Unfortunately, a certain California prosecutor didn't feel this way. He was quoted as saying they had a "slam dunk" case against Michael several years ago involving child molestation. The prosecutor seemed to think it was his God-given job to make another human being's life a living hell.

Michael was aquitted, but not before the damage was done. No one should ever have to go through what he went through. He was judged, damaged, and spit on, all because he was different. Let's remember this whenever we judge someone or make spurious accusations. It's just plain wrong.

I pray for Michael that he may rest in peace, and for his family that their sorrows may be eased. Now he is in our God's loving and merciful hands. I will miss you, Michael. For one, I always understood you.

We love you Michael!

RIP Michael Jackson Check out the blog for more info http://askthecollegekid.blogspot.com/2009/06/michael-jackson-died.html

we will never forget u Micheal!!!

BEFORE

AFTER

MICHAEL JACKSON


let him rest in PEACE

WHAT AN ENTERTAINER, THEY SAY THE GREAT ONES GO IN THREES, THAT HAPPENED TODAY AFTER WE HEARD THE NEWS ABOUT FARRAH. WE HAD JUST LOST ED AND NOW MICHAEL. OUR SINCERE REGARDS TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BARRON PILGRIM.COM.

I feel so sorry for his family...

micheal you is the best love you for all that you have been with with your songs. you will be missed. love you micheal

..."like a comet, blazing across the evening sky, gone too soon...'. - 'Gone Too Soon', Michael Jackson

THE WORLD LOVE YOU MICHAEL

MICHAEL JACKSON, BEST EVER.
RIP

Why are the brightest stars in the firmament always extinguished too soon....thank you Michael for all the joy you brought.

...NO WORDS..
..ALWAYS MICHAEL JACKSON...
...FROM SPAIN...

I feel more lonely now alone in this mess

The world is much worse off

Why must we lose everything good?

I love you, Michael. God took you and Farrah home today...

A true ICON of Entertainment, Music and Dance ......... A moonwalker who’z magic shall remain forever

- It's indeed a sad day and a huge loss for the world - May his soul rest in PEACE : (

OHHHH MY GOD. I CANT BLIEVE. :...(
MICHAEL IS NOT DEAD. HE WILL LIVE FOREVER. HE WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS, IN MY HEART.
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU MY MICHAEL. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART.
YOU ARE GOD OF POP. REST IN PEASE MY DEAR. :..)
LIKE YOU SAID: I WILL NEVER LET YOU GO!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE MICHAEL.


GOD IS SO UNFAIR.

its a pity jackson died but God giveth and taketh.l was expecting him in UK but my dream of seeing live has lost, Rest in Peace

Sadly Missed. RIP.

i cannot believe , either !!
he is my favorite , that's too bed
so said...

I LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON I WAS GOING TO SEE YOU IN LONDON BUT NOW I AM SADDENED.

YOU WILL BE THE ONLY KING OF POP I LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON REST IN HEAVEN THOUGHTS AND PRAYER FOR YOU

Michael Jackson the king of pop died today its a very hard moment for all of us who loved him Michael in our heart u will be the legend the best singer, we will never forget you we love you where ever you are in this moment. RIP

I know that you are now resting in peace you are finally FREE Micheal! Now you have a chance to make the angels dance and rejoice let you be "The King of Pop in Heaven"
Love you Micheal, you will truly be missed!

I grew up lovin you & your music, Michael Jackson! You will be greatly & sadly missed!!!

What happened to his cryogenic chanber ?!
i really wouldnt be surprised if he was playing us for the ULTIMATE comeback tour...

I love MJ From Nigeria RIP

Michael, I LOVE U!!!

If i make it to heaven, i hope to meet u there, and i hope u can teach me how to dance!!

RIP Michael jackson you influenced me aged 50 xxxxxx


Hallelujah!!! He is in Paradise with the Lord God and Jesus, saints, angels...
Now He feels the REAL HOLY love He has been waiting for. Michael Jackson once quoted "He is happy, but not satisfied". He now can walk on the street of gold, walk through the pearly gates, and have perfect peace, shed no more tears, no more pain, and he can really enjoy his life eternity with the Lord.
I'm so glad he accepted Jesus Christ in his heart 3 weeks ago. Praise the Lord!!! KEEP PRAYING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL and the Love of Christ SAINTS with others.
He prayed the sinner's prayer >>> http://randythomas.org/2009/06/27/michael-jackson-became-a-christian-before-dying/
You see the truth is written in all our hearts- "Jesus is the way, the truth and the light/life. And no man can come unto the Father "God" only but through His son Jesus Christ.
But so many don't want to choose God, and they use their free will and choose another path - denying the Lord God totally in selffishness, and careless acts/behavior and fear and sometimes of embarassment. But for these people there is still hope, even if it's at the last minute. All they have to do is Call upon the name of Jesus to save them!! They will be saved. For others, they will convert to Christianity and go into the world and preach the gospel and God has commanded us to, because "freely we recieved, free we give" and share the gospel.
In addition, here's the key to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Forgive and God will forgive you of your sin, tresspasses and debts."
The Lord's prayer...
Our Father, who art in heaven
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

http://christiantheology.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-has-died-a-reflection/#comment-4055


micheal jackson was the best singer and person who ever lived. he inspires me to some day become a singer and if i do i might not be as good as him but i will let every one know that if it were not for him i would not have even thaught to become a singer.

michael should have been named the -prince of pop,- not the king, we already have a king. liz taylor got few things right in her life, however the name stuck she gave him and there was no one else to do the moonwalk except the mime that michael got it from. i am also giving him the title of PRINCE OF POP. i can tell you now a prince has fallen. thanks barron pilgrim.com.

world cries for you jacko, never can stop loving you, can not forget you. always life in heart.

HAS MICHAEL REALLY GONE, LOOK UP, HE IS WALKING ON THE MOON, MAYBE TO NEVERLAND, FOR THE CHILDHOOD HE NEVER HAD, TOO FRAGILE FOR THOSE TO UNDERSTAND, HEAR HIM SING AGAIN, AND AGAIN. JUST A POEM FOR MICHAEL.

michael i love all your songs i wish u will be in peace

I just want to say that i was only a child 10 years old. My friend in school also like mj, a lot. I like his music his dance and his voice. Good by mj

'Billie Jean' Tux

Jackson's contemporary take on the tuxedo was groundbreaking. Made from black leather and worn with a pink shirt and red bow tie, it allowed men to approach evening looks in a less conventional way. The look has been replicated on the YSL catwalk.

Beaded 'Moonwalk' Jacket

The beaded jacket is what Jackson originally wore in 1983 when he performed his first ever moonwalk. Glitzy monochrome as well as fedoras are slated to be a big trend this winter even if white socks paired with loafers continue to be a style challenge.

The World's First Air-Conditioned Jacket

Countless hours blending state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge design experience resulted in a world first: the unique micro air-conditioning and purifying system incorporated into a garment.

The "AC-7" jacket was designed and fitted for Michael Jackson by Arfaq. Created in a distinctive military style, the jacket is a captivating combination of Capri Blue with a dash of Light Amethyst. Specially created stones dramatically recreate the effect of the Aurora Borealis enhanced throughout with glorious pulsating rainbow colors. One arm simply shimmers in a torrent of clear crystal droplets. In excess of 275,000 crystal stones, each cut with eight facets, were utilized in the production of this jacket.

Military Jackets

Atten-shun! Jackson led the fashion troops in his custom-made, braid and button-bedecked military jackets. Forward march a couple of decades and the Parisian catwalk is crowded with similar strong-shouldered looks. Rihanna picked up a very M.J. denim piece from Balmain-a brand the King of Pop himself grew to favor.

'Magician's Fall' Military Half Jacket by Arfaq

'Magicians Fall', designed by Arfaq for Michael Jackson, is a military half jacket, designed from black dress suede. The garment demonstrates a very simple cut and fall and is very comfortable to wear. In return, this jacket is lined in a fine black silk and is flamboyantly decorated with 18ct gold buckles.

Gangster Style 'Smooth Criminal'

The gangster-style suit from Smooth Criminal was designed by Betty Madden and is a homage to Fred Astaire's outfit in the 1953 film The Bandwagon. It was much slicker than the costumes Jackson wore in the early Eighties. To achieve the impossible effect of leaning that far forward in this picture he wore shoes that used special harnesses with wires and magnets.

The World's First Pair of Adjustable Shoes

Arfaq designed and developed custom-made shoes for Michael Jackson. These shoes were made to electronically self adjust to his foot. The concept was created because his production company, MJJ Productions, did not disclose his shoe size!

The 'Bad' Days

For the Bad album, Jackson toughened up his image with masses of belts, buckles, studs and straps, but it was always more glam than intimidating. Mary-Kate Olsen wears the Givenchy version of the Bad look.

1990's Glitter

Jackson and sparkles go hand in hand. He loved to shine and was one of the first to wear clothes entirely encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

The Swarovski Black Diamond Glove

In 1994, Arfaq made a Black Swarovski diamond glove for Michael Jackson known as "Healing Hands", which was worn by Michael Jackson on the HIStory Tour. Handmade with 18,443 diamond stones imported from Austria, from the legendary Swarovski Crystal House, the specially formulated adhesive allows total control and movement.

Five 9ct Egyptian gold buckles fasten the glove in place, each buckle is extremely light, thus preventing distortion of the finished glove.

His look inspired this Antonio Berardi catwalk style. Today, sequins work for day and evening wear.

A 'Thriller' of a Jacket

The flamboyant red leather jacket Jackson wore in the Thriller video is one of his most memorable looks. It wasn't so much the colour or the style that were important, but the way he wore it, with the sleeves pushed up past his elbows. With that simple styling tick, he set a trend that lasted a decade.

This is one of Jackson's most iconic outfits. The bold red leather jacket with exaggerated shoulders is from the video to Thriller. Fast forward 25 years and leather jackets and coloured jeans are enjoying a revival.



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