Michael Jackson’s wardrobe VIP exclusive: The Collection of Tompkins and Bush
Thursday night on “The Street” at Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre became alive with a celebration dedicated to the life of the late Michael Jackson. As part of a UK exclusive, the Getty Images Gallery exhibited some of the most iconic costumes worn by Michael himself, designed by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush.
Walking up towards the event, you became instantly drawn in by the distant sounds of Man in the Mirror and Thriller. An executive VIP area allowed guests to interact outside the store before entering the much anticipated store showcase. Champagne and Mexican canapés were served, giving a chilly October night much needed warmth.
With a Michael Jackson impersonator giving an added commemoration to one of the greatest men of all time, the doorway to the shop was illustrated with life-size black and white photos of MJ and the Jackson 5. The store itself presented items worn by Michael himself, as well as never before seen garments that he had worn whilst touring in different continents.
With Jackson playing such an intimate role within the design of his costumes, his role within the change of fashion was key. With the duo of designers working with Michael for 25 years, they shared a very personal relationship with him and the exhibition demonstrated the journey they went on throughout Michael’s career.
Guests were left feeling simply amazed at the work that went into each of the pieces. From the infamous hand-sewn embellished Swarovski Crystal glove to a Thriller jacket worn in 1987 for the Bad Tour in Japan that included reflective LED panelling to be seen in large stadium venues, the craftsmanship in the work was overwhelming. Intricate detailing demonstrated elements of fashion, but also highlighted Jackson’s cultural style too.
Outside the venue, Navi, the world’s number one Michael Jackson dance impersonator entertained not only guests but the public too. With much delight to visitors of the centre, a highly energised and somewhat perfected performance of MJ classics continued the celebration of his life.
The night gave memory to a true style icon and unique insight into the King of Pop’s world. If you are a die-hard MJ fan, then this a must-see event for you.
The exhibition can be visited until 4th November 2012. For more details, click here.