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Michael Jackson: The Fashion Icon

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Michael Jackson graces the cover of Vogue

Beyond his incredible force as an entertainer and philanthropist, Michael Jackson is one of the most crucial fashion icons of our time.

Countless celebrities and fashion designers have replicated Jackson’s distinct looks. Many people in general, fans or not, probably don’t even realize they own fashion pieces inspired by the legendary star.

As his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley wrote on her MySpace.com blog, “mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson’s being or actions.”

Clad in glitter and often outrageous silhouettes, her statement proved more than accurate when it came to Michael’s wardrobe. He never failed to appear larger than life in performances, music videos, and red carpets.

Chris Brown, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Usher are just a few notable celebrity fans of his personal style today, with hair cuts, clothing, dance moves and more inspired by the star.

From the days of Jackson Five until the 80′s and 90′s, Michael’s swag was on a level that we may never see again in our time.

When he first broke out on the scene with his brothers, he rocked a huge afro and bell bottom pants – the epitome a 70′s child.

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Later on in the 80′s, he introduced multiple trends that have been constantly regurgitated and updated until present day. Take the red leather jacket he wore in the “Thriller” music video, which has now been replicated by designer Margiela at approximately $600 retail.

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Pharrell in Margiela’s jacket

In the 90′s, his style was military-inspired although he gave it his own shimmery twist, of course. The marching band jackets he donned are now making a huge comeback with the help of French designer Balmain. You can spot them on the backs of Rihanna, Beyoncé and more.

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Speaking of Balmain, Michael was recently spotted rocking a crystal-encrusted top by the designer. Although it’s a fall 2009 piece, there is nothing new about seeing him in something like this; Michael stayed true to his eccentric style and it obviously didn’t phase him that this top was designed for women.

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We never saw Michael jump on anyone else’s style wagon. He wore one of his signature marching band jackets as recent as last year, at friend Christian Audigier‘s 50th birthday.

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There’s a reason Michael Jackson’s death shut down Twitter and slowed down the entire internet last week. Most can agree that there has never been a single person who stirred up so much passion across the globe with music, fashion and good deeds.

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Just a handful of images to illustrate Michael Jackson’s impact on artists of today:

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Willy Wonka in 2005′s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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  • luxurylife says:

    I aint trying to funny nor racial but it really do feel good to be black…… And MJ was a FLY MOFO What up Rick and Chris J and the lovely KIKI and BOSS LADY

  • Crystal says:

    I will miss Michael Jackson he was a good person with a big heart. I wish the media would focus on the good things that he did for the world and stay off the negative. Janet Jackson stated that to us Michael was an icon but to them he was family. I know we all loved Michael but please let his family grieve in peace. I know he is an icon but he was also a person with real pain, real problems, and a real heart. Lets allow his family time to mourn his lost with dignity. I am almost certain that Michael is in Heaven because he was in hell here on earth. Michael was a son, brother, father, cousin and friend. People are treating him like he wasn’t human and he was. Please allow Michael some peace and his family peace as well.

  • Adrion says:

    i agree with you crystal your statement make since the media will not let it go they always been blowing everything out of proportion if they would of show that man love when he was alive he would of been so happy right now now he woulda been and tears for all the love everybody showing him but i know he smiley right now in heaven for all the love the fans showing him around the world he can R.I.P. he was stressed out from the media (stress does kills)

  • ESKOH says:

    omgsh when i found out.. my world fell into pieces. i went into shock for about a week or more.. im still in shock.. im only fifteen. my life was about that man! ever since i was born u bet his songs were playing in the car.. everytime i would cry, my dad would put on his “moonwalker” video and i would shut up in seconds.. he created a world for me.. personally.. he will always be an inspirtaion for me.. ALWAYS!

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  • LaLa says:

    MJ was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo great!!!!! A true genius and obviously a style icon!!!! I miss u. U r always in my heart, Michael.

  • marissa says:

    ‘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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