Dress to impress with King of Pop’s costumes
Iconic outfits worn by the late King of Pop Michael Jackson go on display in Tokyo today.
Wardrobe items and other ephemera from the collection of the star’s long-time designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush are being displayed around the world ahead of an auction in the US on December 2.
The pieces have not been seen since Jackson wore them on stage and in his videos and will be sold at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery as part of its annual Icons & Idols auction.
The exhibition first opened in Santiago, Chile, in May and has since travelled to Newbridge in Ireland and London before heading to Japan. Fans can view the items until November 12, when the exhibition will leave for Los Angeles.
Clothing and wardrobe items offered for sale showcase Jackson’s love for fashion and huge impact on popular culture.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas and Guide Dogs of America in Los Angeles.
Highlights include a 30th anniversary of Madison Square Garden show-signed prototype helmet, which was wired to illuminate a row of battery-powered lights below the visor.
The helmet is signed in black marker to designer Michael Bush and states “To Bush, Love Michael Jackson”.
Another item expected to attract interest is Jackson’s Scream video costume, which includes a pair of black spandex pants with matching long-sleeved shirt and mesh tuck strap.
Jackson’s Captain EO white spandex shirt featuring ribbed neck, zip closure and a rainbow motif is also included as well as the King of Pop’s Awards Ceremony jacket, which is a black wool jacket embellished with red armband, gold tone metal floral buttons, metallic embroidered crown patch at chest and buckled leather straps at right shoulder.
Jackson wore this jacket to the third annual Soul Train Awards in 1989, where he was honoured with the Sammy Davis, Jr. Heritage Award, the Heritage Award for Career Achievement and awards for his single and video for Man In The Mirror.