Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, will be remembered as much for his outlandish taste in clothes as for his music.
Jacko’s penchant for military detailing, sequin jackets and red leather in the 1980s challenged the mainstream fashion looks of the era and an army of fans began to emulate some of his more elaborate fashion choices, often donning his trademark single rhinestone glove in tribute or pinning on military badges to their jackets.
“This is what the world’s wearing - top it.”
Jacko’s fashion journey really began in 1983, with his Thriller era, when he wore a red leather jacket designed by costume designer Deborah Landis.
He followed the look up with an equally strong style statement in peg-leg cropped trousers, worn with white ankle socks and black loafers. It was then when his popularity really soared, with hits like “Billie Jean” and he began sporting items like the rhinestone glove, aviator sunglasses and a fedora.
Next came the even more elaborate sequin-covered jackets, with epaulettes and gold trims, which tipped his wardrobe even further into stage costume territory.
Jackson is reported to have styled himself with the mantra “This is what the world’s wearing - top it.”
More recently Jackson’s unique style has made its way onto the catwalks, inspiring several of the big fashion houses for autumn 09.
Jackson himself was recently pictured wearing some of the exaggerated shoulder jackets and skinny jeans from Balmain’s autumn 09 range, while Givenchy featured a gold-studded Michael Jackson-style jacket in its autumn range and Louis Vuitton played homage to the singer’s 1980s era with sequined gloves. Pop stars Rhianna and Beyoncé have both been photographed emulating Jacko’s 1980s style in recent months.
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