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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871513
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Bush worked personally with Michael Jackson for 25 years to create some of the most original and indelible clothing ever worn by a musical performer. Using his professional background in theatrical costume construction and dance, they created thousands of custom artistic pieces that captured the essence of a one-of-a-kind pop star. He lives in Hollywood, CA.

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For 25 years, Los Angeles based costume designer Michael Bush, together with his partner Dennis Tompkins, who passed away in December 2011, created most of Michael Jackson's personal and concert tour wardrobes -- tens of thousands of original handmade pieces. Their unconventional career provided them with the unique opportunity to work creatively with one of the world's greatest entertainers, and through the medium of clothing help him express the artistic style that made him a cultural icon.

Tompkins began his entertainment career as an ice dancer, and worked in the costume department at ABC on shows such as "General Hospital." Tompkins was working on the 1985 production of "Captain EO," a science fiction short film starring Michael Jackson that was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas, when Michael Jackson discovered Tompkins' talent for making pants cut specifically for dancers. Bush joined the "Captain EO" production soon after Tompkins, and after the project wrapped, the pair began making costumes for Michael Jackson to wear in his short films.

Their collaboration with Michael Jackson grew to become their exclusive focus for many years, and together they created many iconic pop music fashions. Their work includes the costumes worn during the international Bad, Dangerous and HIStory tours, the evolution of the "Thriller" jacket over the years, a patented shoe device Tompkins and Bush invented with Michael Jackson that allowed him to recreate his captivating anti-gravity "lean" move live onstage, hand-stitching the trademark rhinestone gloves, dressing Michael Jackson off the stage, and even creating items for Neverland.

For more information, visit http://dressingmichaeljackson.com.


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Great coffee table book because people can't put it down.
Patty
Mr. Bush, I thank you for bringing us the "magic" that was Michael Jackson.
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The is a beautiful book; lots of amazing and detailed pictures.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on October 25, 2012
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This book was really great -- esspecially for any MJ fan! This had many insights into his wardrobe and his style. It reveals many iconic items and reveals the story behind them, for example the arm band -- I won't reveal the real answer. Of the letters CTE during the History Period.... So many things I thought I knew, were confirmed or denied by this book and many things I assumed as well. It has loads of pictures and drawings, and also explains why the author had all the pictures and drawings. One of my favorites that I will reveal is about the importance of putting all the tour outfits in exact order, otherwise, half way through, by the time Beat it was on set...his pants had to be almost two inches smaller around the waist because by that time, he had already lost 5 pounds of water weight from performing!! No magic in pants falling down! ha ha - It also explains where many of the designs were influenced from like a movie...or historical figure. And also little tricks on the clothing to make it look perfect or move a certain way like his tie, but don't touch the shoes!!! Or innovative ideas like silver boots, or eccentric ideas of his Crown.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Olivia A. Rupprecht on October 24, 2012
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Dressing Michael Jackson is quite the coffee table book, so sumptious you just want to eat up each and every page. But what you don't expect are for the pages to sing with a beautifully told story that is as much about integrity and friendship and loyalty as it is about the iconic style of a brilliant artist and the key players behind the smoke and mirrors of fame. Intelligent and visceral, a yummy must-read; an elegant statement of literary design.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wanda L. Polnitz on October 24, 2012
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Michael Bush did it he talks about all of Michael's inconic styles and how they came about, I got the book this afternoon and even though I didn't feel good possibly the flu, I almost finished the book. He tells great stories about how Michael would give him a riddle or a book and say a few words are just say click and how he would interpret this as to what look Michael was looking for. I really liked this book because it takes you into Michael's artistic side of a true artist. Michael loved his clothes to look like pieces of art and Michael Bush shows you this. If you don't want to read any trash books but would like to read a masterpiece about a friendship and trust between Michael Jackson and his dresser, read his one, the pictures are magnificant and the book great.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By msbunny on November 1, 2012
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This book is absolutely stunning. The book itself is gorgeous, big, heavy, classy covers. The photos inside are beautiful. Michael Bush obviously had great affection and respect for Michael. To be honest, Michael doesn't sound like he may have been the easiest person to work for, LOL, always striving, always wanting to top himself. So many interesting details (did you know Michael made himself a "bedazzled" glove as a youngster in the '60s)and there is a picture of the inside of the Thriller concert jacket that lights up showing all the wiring inside the jacket. Bush has some wonderful stories about his time with Michael, love the story about how particular Michael was with his Florsheim loafers! The last chapter deals with Michael's passing and it can't help but bring a tear to your eye. I cannot say enough about this book, I have alot of Michael books and this is probably one of the best.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By June NYCGAL on October 31, 2012
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Love, love, love this book! Only from one of Michael's closest friends and confidants could come such a fascinating tale of friendship, creativity and challenge. Don't want to spoil anything, but Michael, ever the prankster, brought Bush out on stage, in the darkness with the light on Michael, then, suddenly stepped aside leaving Bush bathing in the moonlight at which time Michael said something like "ladies and gentlemen, Michael Bush!". Cute tale. Beautiful pictures and stories behind Bush and Tompkins' costumes created just for Michael, including the incredibly hard work of these artisans in getting it all just right to please Michael's perfectionist nature.

This is one of those MJ books that fans just gotta have, believe me. Why, the pictures of the outfits alone are worth the book price, but the backstory behind each piece is the icing on the cake. Every time you watch a YT video or a DVD of Michael's performances, you are seeing Bush and Tompkins' creations. Michael would provide the design impetus for a particular outfit and challenge Bush and Tompkins to "make it happen". They never failed him and he was always (eventually, ha) appreciative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacklyn Wright(Jackie) on May 27, 2013
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To start this off, What can I honestly say about this book??
It literally took my breath away, the moment I received it, which was a bit sooner than I ever anticipated. As soon as I got it, I immediately started checking out the pages first, before even reading it, & WOW! WOW! WOW! That's a triple WOW right there. LOL :) The photographs were absolutely STUNNING! I especially loved the very front cover of the book, since it has Michael's ICONIC BAD Tour jacket, which happens to be one of my absolute faves!! I couldn't take my eyes off the amazing close ups/details of Michael's beautiful clothing/jackets, etc.
I do have to admit, there were some great parts in the book as well.
Hate to spoil it for everyone, but there was a section in the book that had me laughing like crazy, to which it was the part where Michael Jackson explained about why he wanted to rip his shirts once in a while, or cut it just a little bit, & the term he came up with was "cake" since he mentioned about his female fans wanting to "see some cake"(meaning his chest) & oh he was right about that one.
The next thing that I really liked in the book was when they talked about the four F's when it came to Michael's outfits! They are "FIT" "FUNCTION, "FUN" & "FIRST." I thought that was pretty neat & should also be pretty easy to remember when it comes to Michael's outfits!
Another part of the book that I really enjoyed was where they talked about the outfit for Michael's short film "Remember The Time" in which it was all Egyptian themed! As a youngster, I was always intrigued about Egypt & would watch things about it all from time to time. I still do once in a while, but not quite as much as I did back when I was young! Anyways, back to the subject!
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