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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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9 Comments »

  • 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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