There have been a lot of books on Michael Jackson, but here's one for the fashion lovers among us: The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson by Michael Bush, a longtime costume designer who worked with Jackson. The cover alone is enough to compell us.
Scheduled for an October release, it is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes, gloves, jewelry and hats worn by Jackson -- who probably influenced more fashion trends than anyone in the '80s outside of Madonna. The fact that his stylishness and inventiveness coincided with the dawn of music videos and MTV put both music videos and Jackson's style on the icon map.
Bush worked personally with Jackson for 25 years to create some of the most original and indelible clothing ever worn by a musical performer. Using his professional background in theatrical costume construction and dance, the duo created thousands of custom artistic pieces that captured the essence of a one-of-a-kind pop star.
Dressing Michael Jackson takes the reader behind the seams of cultivating the aesthetic of an international superstar trendsetter, featuring hundreds of photographs of the striking fashions worn by Jackson at the height of his career, plus never before published pictures depicting private moments of creative collaboration. It also includes commentary about the carefully planned construction of Jackson's clothes -- to accommodate his unique dance moves -- by designers Bush and Dennis Tompkins. In the book's forward, Jackson's former attorney and current executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca, reflects about his time with the King of Pop.
Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills is showcasing a high-profile international exhibit and auction of many of the costumes designed by Bush. Currently, Cirque du Soleil is readying an exciting tribute show, Michael Jackson -- The Immortal World Tour.