MJ Academic of the Week 7/12 – Michael Bush


Who is a Michael Jackson Academic?

Someone who 1) views Michael Jackson as an artist 2) studies his art and writes critical discourse on it 3) values this body of work for its significant cultural impact in the twenty-first century.



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Who? 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 pieces. ©2014 dressingmichaeljackson.com

Why? Like Adrian Grant, Michael Bush’s friendship with Michael Jackson was a professional one. With his partner, Dennis Tompkins, Michael Bush would create some of the most memorable outfits in popular culture history.

Bush’s book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson written after years of Jackson’s own insistence,reveals the intricacies of the fashion icon which Michael became. You will also learn how his signature outfits were conceptualised, created and often discarded. If you buy your copy from Michael Bush’s website, he will sign it for you too 🙂

Where? Bush can be found at his website: http://dressingmichaeljackson.com/ and on his twitter page: https://twitter.com/tompkinsandbush

Greatest Hits – The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson


Reading List:

Bush, Michael, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson (California: Insight Editions, 2012)

PREVIOUS ACADEMICS: Joseph VogelSyl MortillaAdrian Grant, Michael Jackson, Barbara Kauffman, Jeremy Gilbert

COMING SOON: Armond White, Susan Fast, Zack O. Greenburg, Charles Thomson, Willa Stillwater & Joie Collins, Bonus Track – MJ Academics of Note

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