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From his white fedora to his U.S. patented "lean shoes," Michael Jackson's larger-than-life image came out of a 25-year-long collaboration between Jackson and his longtime costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. "His costumes had to perform onstage as well as he did," Bush tells Rolling Stone. "They had to be like his second skin – wearable art accentuating both his style of dancing and the beat of the music."
In his new art book, King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, Bush revisits the making of the entertainer's spellbinding stage costumes, his iconic accessories and his one-of-a-kind pop regalia. By sharing his personal take on some of the pieces featured in the book, Bush also gives Rolling Stone a glimpse of the man underneath the elaborate garments.
King of Style (Insight Editions) will be available on October 30th.
By Oscar Raymundo