29 August 2009
231. Man of Sartorial Excellence: Michael Jackson (Circa 1980's)
On what would have been his 51st birthday, this is the first of back to back posts featuring the one and only King of Pop and his impact in F.A.M.E. (that's Fashion, Art, Music and Entertainment. I'll credit Tommy Hilfiger for that). At the height of 80's excess in popular music, Michael managed to stand out not only as a solo artist at the beginning of the decade but in less than 24 months later, a global mega superstar. He had the rare effect on the public of having us follow whatever he did.
The electric red blazer from the "Thriller" music video, repeated again in the "Beat It" video but this time with multiple zippers. High cut trousers with sequined socks....the sequined glove....and the sequined band jacket (notice a theme here?). Everyone from punks to B-boy breakdancers, adolescents, hair metal rockers all followed suit, by either taking a little or a lot. I personally think his moves weren't contrived or pretentious, just good instincts (not to mention 80's excess) and more than 25 years later, we're still in awe of him.
Btw: I must have the jacket similar to the first two photos, sans the sequins. Epaulets a must.