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Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer – 1 hour ago


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's glittery gloves, spangled jackets, stage-worn costumes and personal fashion effects are going on a world tour.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says clothing created by Jackson's longtime costume designers will be exhibited in South America, Europe and Asia before being sold to the highest bidder in December.

The exhibit opens May 18 at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. It features items such as Jackson's Captain EO shirt, the black spandex outfit from his "Scream" video and the breakaway suit he wore during his BAD tour in the late 1980s.

The items will be sold by Julien's Auction on December 2, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.
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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 11:29:03 AM »
http://www.dailygossip.org/michael-jackson-s-costumes-go-on-world-tour-3304

Michael Jackson’s Costumes Go On World Tour
Posted by Lucienne Molnar On May 14, 2012 7:47pm in Music


Reuters reports that Michael Jackson’s collection of most important costumes will go on a world tour starting next month. Julien's Auctions chose global touring as a method of drawing customers’ attention to the clothing items that will be sold during a special auction in December 2012.

Fans never got the chance to see Michael Jackson perform in another live concert as the artist died at 50 in the summer of 2009. Julien’s Auctions, however, have figured out a method to fulfill fans’ wishes, on the one hand and to make some extra money, on the other hand. Thus, the company announced on Monday that they will take a collection of Michael Jackson’s concert costumes on a global tour starting next month.

The exhibit contains some of the most renowned garments used by the pop artist in his worldwide tours. The organizers of the event told the press that people will be able to get a close look at the crystal covered gloves, at the military-style jacket which was first seen at the Soul Train awards in 1989, as well as the silver spandex leotard that Michael wore in his 1987 “Bad” tour.

During the past decade, the King of Pop continued to wear the same costumes he used to display in his concerts, so his wardrobe contains few garments from recent years. Nevertheless, Julien’s Auctions have included the helmet wired with battery powered lights that Michael wore at the New York's Madison Square Garden concert in 2001 to mark 30 years as a solo entertainer.
Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush were the people who designed the 50-100 costumes that will be displayed around the world.

The two designers have worked with Jackson for almost 25 years, so the artist gifted most of his stage clothes back to Tompkins and Bush, some of them being signed by the pop legend.

The Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile is the first institution to host the exhibit; afterwards, the collection of costumes will move to some of the most important cities in Europe and Asia, as well as China and Japan. The global tour is meant to prepare customers for the upcoming auction which will take place on December 2 in Beverly Hills. Part of the raised money will go to the charities Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 11:36:51 AM »
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/2012/05/michael-jackson-jackets-coming-to-san.html

Michael Jackson jackets coming to San Antonio
San Antonio Business Journal by W. Scott Bailey, Reporter/Project Coordinator
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 10:49am CDT


Michael Jackson was defined, in part, during his legendary music career by his unique sense of fashion.

Next week, some San Antonians, many of whom are too young to remember Jackson, will get an up-close look at his trend-setting style.

Jackets worn by the King of Pop in his iconic music videos for hit songs “Thriller” and “Bad” will be on display at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (formerly Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital)    on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Christus officials say the display will be open to the public and is part of a larger tour intended to help raise money for children’s charities.

The jackets are owned by Austin philanthropist Milton Verret, who says he purchased them “with the promise of continuing Michael’s quest for helping children.”

Jackson recorded nearly a half-dozen albums, including “Thriller” and “Bad,” that were among the all-time best sellers in the recording industry. He released 13 No. 1 hit singles.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is scheduled to make a stop at San Antonio’s AT&T Center    on June 23.

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 11:39:41 AM »
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/20block/6639107/story.html

Michael Jackson's crystal glove on auction block
Bang Showbiz May 17, 2012


Michael Jackson's costume collection is to be auctioned in December.

Between 50 and 100 of the late singer's famous fashions, including his iconic right-hand crystal glove - which is expected to fetch more than $400,000 - will go on a worldwide tour this year before going under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, on Dec. 2.

The items are created by Michael's long-time costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, and many of the pieces are signed by the King of Pop.

Michael's custom shirts, a gold belt, jackets seen in his performances of 'Beat It' and 'Bad', a black stage jacket he donned at his 1993 Super Bowl appearance and a leotard he wore on his 'Bad' tour will all be sold at the auction, some of which haven't been seen in public since Michael died in June 2009 of acute Propofol intoxication.

The collection will begin its tour Friday at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, before heading to other South American countries, as well as Europe, Asia and the US and proceeds from teh auction will go towards Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

A spokesperson from the auction house said: "There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was a global fashion icon as well as award winning and beloved musician.

"His wardrobe dictated many of the styles throughout the last few decades. Jackson played a very intimate role in the designs and completion of every costume and piece of clothing he wore both on stage and in his personal life.'

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012, 11:43:09 AM »
http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=147674&fm=newsmain,nrhl

19 May 2012
Michael Jackson's costume collection is to be auctioned in December.


Between 50 and 100 of the late singer's famous fashions, including his iconic right-hand crystal glove - which is expected to fetch more than $400,000 - will go on a worldwide tour this year before going under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, on December 2.

The items are created by Michael's long-time costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, and many of the pieces are signed by the King of Pop.

Michael's custom shirts, a gold belt, jackets seen in his performances of 'Beat It' and 'Bad', a black stage jacket he donned at his 1993 Super Bowl appearance and a leotard he wore on his 'Bad' tour will all be sold at the auction, some of which haven't been seen in public since Michael died in June 2009 of acute Propofol intoxication.

The collection will begin its tour tomorrow (18.05.12) at the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, before heading to other South American countries, as well as Europe, Asia and the US and proceeds from teh auction will go towards Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

A spokesperson from the auction house said: "There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was a global fashion icon as well as award winning and beloved musician.

"His wardrobe dictated many of the styles throughout the last few decades. Jackson played a very intimate role in the designs and completion of every costume and piece of clothing he wore both on stage and in his personal life.

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012, 10:52:33 PM »
Hopefully this exhibit will come to London again, I saw the one at the 02 in Oct of 09  :boohoo: although it was a real eye popping exhibition bringing back such joyful memories, have to say it was also truley gutwrenching sad.  Did anyone else here manage to get to see it too?

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 02:42:03 PM »
not me, Mrs Fedora. but i wonder what they intend to leave to his children...wouldn't it be nice if these costumes could be preserved and housed in something like a Michael Jackson museum?

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2012, 12:04:57 AM »
Hiya SteadyL, sorry you didn't get to see it and yes, it would be the right thing to do to have a MJJ museum for his outfits/costumes and even his most treasured items that meant such a lot to him. Like Elvis and how Graceland was turned into a public museum, I can't see why the MJ estate don't do this for us fans.
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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 08:45:57 AM »
http://www.juliensauctions.com/press/2012/icons-and-idols-tompkins-and-bush.html

Ireland   
Museum of Style Icons In Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre
Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 15th

THE NEWBRIDGE SILVERWARE MUSEUM OF STYLE ICONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH JULIENS AUCTIONS PRESENTS HIGHLIGHTS FROM: ICONS & IDOLS Featuring The Collection of Tompkins & Bush
Presenting THE FASHIONS OF THE KING OF POP – MICHAEL JACKSON
With Special Guest – Costume Designer, Michael Bush

THE EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN PREVIEW
Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre
Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 29th
ENTRY IS FREE

Since its official opening in 2007, the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons has forged an ongoing relationship with the premier auction house in the world of entertainment – Juliens Auctions. Accordingly the Museum of Style Icons has been the exclusive European Showcase for many of the most notable auctions in the Entertainment Industry and none more so than the Collection of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson

In March 2009, the attention of the world`s media was focused on the Museum of Style Icons as it held the World Exclusive Preview of the Collection of Michael Jackson which featured an array of treasures from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
Now, continuing this association, Juliens Auctions are bringing the worldwide Tour of “Icons and Idols”, featuring the fashions of the Kings of Pop, to the Museum of Style Icons. The Museum will be the Exclusive European Showcase for this collection.

How to get to Newbridge:
http://www.newbridgesilverware.com/conttac­tus
30 minutes from Dublin airport, hourly coaches and trains available.
http://dublincoach.ie/contact-us
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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 07:55:31 PM »
I'm not going to this,  not interested. I have met Michael Bush before but I don't agree with this auction
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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2012, 05:54:57 PM »
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iBAGL0CFhEPfUb8OsnW95CyoTv-A?docId=730a0e2d3dc14c878280aa306e444df5

Michael Jackson's longtime costumer unveils book
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer – 3 hours ago 


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The zipper-covered "Beat It" jacket. The military-inspired coats with their epaulets, crests and insignias. And, of course, that glittery glove.

Michael Jackson's fashion sense was as singular as his musical style and dance moves. Millions imitated his pegged pants and penny loafers, a fedora cocked just so.

Jackson's longtime costumer reveals the secrets behind the King of Pop's meticulously crafted, regal rock-star look — and an intimate glimpse into the man himself — in a colorful new book, "The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson."

"When you worked with him, you couldn't wait to get there and you didn't want to leave when you got done," said author/costume designer Michael Bush, who with his late partner, Dennis Tompkins, dressed Jackson for more than a generation. "It was hard to imagine anyone that projected fashion and style any better."

What most people don't know about Jackson, Bush said, is he was a joker — a playful prankster who loved to laugh and often teased those closest to him the most.

Bush tells of meeting Jackson for the first time in 1983, when both men were 25. The King of Pop hadn't retained a costumer yet, and Bush was up for consideration. Jackson had been holed up for hours in his trailer on the set of "Captain EO." Bush could hear a monkey squealing as he approached. It was dark inside and "like 120 degrees." Jackson was snacking.

Eager to please as he prepped the pop star's clothes, Bush felt something hit him gently in the head. A cherry stem. A few seconds later, it happened again. When it happened a third time, Bush lobbed a cherry at the rising superstar. Jackson tossed a handful back, and thus began a close professional and personal relationship that spanned the remainder of Jackson's life.

"I think he wanted someone he could play with. He just wanted to see, 'Am I going to have fun with this person?'" said Bush, now 54, an almost sheepish, informally trained clothier from Ohio who learned his craft from his mom and grandmother, who made wedding gowns, prom dresses and quilts.

"And I laughed every day until he died."

Bush wouldn't discuss the time Jackson wore pajama bottoms to court during his child-molestation trial in 2005, but relished in other details of the entertainer's unique approach to his performance attire.

"Michael's concept was, 'I want the fashion designers in the world, the big conglomerates, I want them to copy me. I don't want to wear what's out there. I want to push my individuality, and being that my music is me, my look should be me,'" Bush said in an interview at a warehouse in Los Angeles, racks of glittery history behind him.

Jackson's stage costumes were designed to display his dance moves, so Bush and Tompkins, who died last December, were treated to regular private dance recitals to inform their work. Jackson danced five or six hours a day whether he was on tour or not, Bush said: "He traveled with a hardwood floor in a road case."

All that dancing, such as during the 1987 "Bad" world tour, meant Jackson could drop so much weight during a concert that the costumes for his closing numbers had to be smaller than the ones for the show openers.

"Michael was usually a 28-inch waist, but by the midpoint of the show, when he was ready to perform his magic act of choice, right before 'Beat It,' he'd already lost five pounds of water, and his waist dropped to 27 and a quarter," Bush writes in "The King of Style." ''If we didn't have clothes hanging on the rack in the right order that were getting progressively smaller, we'd risk him putting on a pair of pants that would fall to his ankles with each rhythmic move of his body And there is no magic in that!"

The King of Pop preferred China silk, silk charmeuse and stretchy fabrics. "Spandex made Michael feel sleek and secure and worked for his dance style," Bush writes.

Then there were the military jackets, the rhinestone-encrusted interpretations of British war uniforms like the one Jackson wore at the 1984 Grammy Awards, when he raked in a record eight awards for "Thriller."
Jackson had a childlike fascination with rhinestones, Bush said.

"Sometimes I'd drive three hours to retrieve loose rhinestones straight from the factory, just because looking at them in that raw form pleased Michael to no end. Every time I opened the swatch of white felt that encased the rhinestones, he'd gasp," he writes. "He'd take them from me and delicately move them around with his fingertips and whisper... 'Can you imagine being a pirate opening a treasure chest? And seeing all the glitter inside? What a fascinating life, to be a pirate like that.'"

Bush and Tompkins worked with Jackson until the pop star's death in June 2009. Though they weren't in charge of the costumes for the ill-fated "This Is It" comeback tour, Jackson's longtime costume designers created ensembles for seven songs, including a reprise of his "Billie Jean" outfit with its loafers and spangled socks. There was also a burgundy and gold monogrammed top with a Chinese collar and bell sleeves, and a pair of black bedazzled shin guards.

Bush declined to share any details about Jackson's health or demeanor in his final days. He did say, though, that the King of Pop had always hoped his costumes would be celebrated in books and museums, and Bush is humbled by making that dream a reality. The costumer will exhibit some of Jackson's performance outfits in South America, Europe and Asia before releasing his book on Oct. 30. Many of the costumes will be sold at auction in December, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity.

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2012, 10:26:03 AM »
http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/08/06/michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-longtime-fashion-designer-reveals-singer%E2%80%99s-secrets-style

Michael Jackson’s Longtime Fashion Designer Reveals Singer’s Secrets Of Style
PRWeb
Monday, August 6th 2012


For over two decades, designer Michael Bush and late partner Dennis Tompkins created costumes for legendary performer Michael Jackson. With many of their creations now embedded in pop culture history, Bush has authored a book highlighting his career as the man who dressed The King of Pop. Today, Rodeo Drive Resale (http://www.shoprdr.com), takes a look at the personal and public influences of celebrity fashion.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 06, 2012

From actress Kate Winslet becoming the new face of St. John Knits, to Louis Vuitton summoning the legacy of Muhammad Ali as part of its Core Values campaign, top designers understand the power of the celebrity endorsement. Today, Rodeo Drive Resale, premier retailer of luxury designers, highlights a few famous faces and their past, present and future impact on popular fashion.

At the peak of his career, there was arguably no greater style tastemaker than Michael Jackson within the world of entertainment; years after his death, his influence on popular music and fashion remains.

Costume designer Michael Bush, who, alongside late partner Dennis Tompkins, helped craft several of Jackson’s signature looks, said the star symbolized everything that was right about popular fashion.

“When you worked with him, you couldn't wait to get there and you didn't want to leave when you got done," Bush told the Associated Press. “It was hard to imagine anyone that projected fashion and style any better.”

Unlike many celebrities who readily enjoy the spoils of free designer clothing in exchange for red carpet promotion, Bush said Michael opted for a style that influenced the influential. His plan worked: Even today, stars such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga have donned outfits reminiscent of the music icon’s elaborate pieces. Fashion house Balmain has released military-style jackets that could have been pulled straight from the late singer’s closet, with Christophe Decarnin, former designer of Balmain, noting Jackson’s style as a source of inspiration.

“Michael's concept was, ‘I want the fashion designers in the world, the big conglomerates, I want them to copy me. I don't want to wear what's out there. I want to push my individuality, and being that my music is me, my look should be me,’” Bush said.

Bush explores his work with Jackson and shares colorful photos of his legendary outfits in the new book, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.”

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Re: Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2012, 10:30:39 AM »
http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-08-07/michael-jacksons-costume-designer-reveals-all-stars-shrinking-frame-and-27-inch-waist/

Michael Jackson’s Costume Designer Reveals King of Pop Had 27-Inch Waist
Aug 7, 2012 at 11:00am


Michael Jackson  lost so much weight during his intense performances he was forced to change into smaller outfits half way through his shows.

The late icon’s costumer designer, Michael Bush, is revealing this and other backstage secrets about the troubled star in his new book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.

Having worked with Jackson for 26 years, Bush has plenty of insight into his oft-extravagant wardrobe and unconventional personal life.

So just how much weight did the super svelte star drop?

“Michael was usually a 28-inch waist,” writes Bush.

“But by the midpoint of the show, when he was ready to perform his magic act of choice, right before ‘Beat It,’ he’d already lost five pounds of water and his waist dropped to 27 and a quarter.

“If we didn’t have clothes hanging on the rack in the right order that were getting progressively smaller, we’d risk him putting on a pair of pants that would fall to his ankles with each rhythmic move of his body — and there is no magic in that!”

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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2012, 10:34:56 AM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2184981/Michael-Jackson-28in-waist--dropped-inch-shows-Costume-designer-reveals-secrets.html

Revealed: Michael Jackson had a tiny 28in waist that would shrink by an inch during strenuous dance routines  
By LIZZIE SMITH
PUBLISHED: 16:37 GMT, 7 August 2012 | UPDATED: 06:44 GMT, 8 August 2012


Michael Jackson had an impossibly tiny 28in waist and worked so hard during his live shows that he lost nearly an inch from his torso.
According to the star's costume designer of 26 years the singer needed his outfits cut to accommodate his shrinking frame as he would lose up to 5lbs from his strenuous dance routines.

Michael Bush has revealed that he planned the order of Jackson's costumes with military precision, with each outfit a fraction smaller than the previous one.

'Michael was usually a 28-inch waist,' he writes in his new tell-all book The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.
'But by the midpoint of the show, when he was ready to perform his magic act of choice, right before Beat It, he’d already lost five pounds of water and his waist dropped to 27 and a quarter.

'If we didn’t have clothes hanging on the rack in the right order that were getting progressively smaller, we’d risk him putting on a pair of pants that would fall to his ankles with each rhythmic move of his body - and there is no magic in that.'

The book features previously unpublished photos of Jackson and his iconic outfits, designed by Bush and his partner Dennis Tompkins.
Bush also shares his creations for Jackson, including the details of a patented shoe device that allowed the star to recreate his captivating anti-gravity 'lean' move live onstage,

During his years with the singer Bush kept copious illustrations and pictures, charting the evolution of the Thriller jacket.

He would hand-stitch Jackson's trademark rhinestone gloves, dress him while off the stage and create items for Neverland.
To coincide with the October publication of the coffee table book, Bush and Tompkins are also auctioning off their huge collection of Jackson's clothes, costumes and ephemera.

Highlights include a signed prototype helmet which was wired to illuminate a row of battery powered lights below the visor. and Jackson’s Scream video costume which includes a pair of black spandex pants with matching long sleeve shirt and mesh tuck strap.

The auction, by Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, is planned for December with a portion of the proceeds going to charity
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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 11:32:18 AM »
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Michael Jackson's longtime costumer unveils book
By: SANDY COHEN | The Associated Press
Published: August 12, 2012


LOS ANGELES --
The zipper-covered "Beat It" jacket. The military-inspired coats with their epaulets, crests and insignias. And, of course, that glittery glove.

Michael Jackson's fashion sense was as singular as his musical style and dance moves. Millions imitated his pegged pants and penny loafers, a fedora cocked just so.

Jackson's longtime costumer reveals the secrets behind the King of Pop's meticulously crafted, regal rock-star look — and an intimate glimpse into the man himself — in a colorful new book, "The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson."

"When you worked with him, you couldn't wait to get there and you didn't want to leave when you got done," said author/costume designer Michael Bush, who with his late partner, Dennis Tompkins, dressed Jackson for more than a generation. "It was hard to imagine anyone that projected fashion and style any better."

What most people don't know about Jackson, Bush said, is he was a joker — a playful prankster who loved to laugh and often teased those closest to him the most.

Bush tells of meeting Jackson for the first time in 1983, when both men were 25. The King of Pop hadn't retained a costumer yet, and Bush was up for consideration. Jackson had been holed up for hours in his trailer on the set of "Captain EO." Bush could hear a monkey squealing as he approached. It was dark inside and "like 120 degrees." Jackson was snacking.

Eager to please as he prepped the pop star's clothes, Bush felt something hit him gently in the head. A cherry stem. A few seconds later, it happened again. When it happened a third time, Bush lobbed a cherry at the rising superstar. Jackson tossed a handful back, and thus began a close professional and personal relationship that spanned the remainder of Jackson's life.

"I think he wanted someone he could play with. He just wanted to see, 'Am I going to have fun with this person?' " said Bush, 54, an informally trained clothier from Ohio who learned his craft from his mom and grandmother, who made wedding gowns, prom dresses and quilts.

"And I laughed every day until he died."

Bush wouldn't discuss the time Jackson wore pajama bottoms to court during his child-molestation trial in 2005, but in relished in other details of the entertainer's unique approach to his performance attire.

"Michael's concept was, 'I want the fashion designers in the world, the big conglomerates, I want them to copy me. I don't want to wear what's out there. I want to push my individuality, and being that my music is me, my look should be me,' " Bush said in an interview at a warehouse in Los Angeles, racks of glittery history behind him.

Jackson's stage costumes were designed to display his dance moves, so Bush and Tompkins, who died last December, were treated to regular private dance recitals to inform their work. Jackson danced five or six hours a day, whether he was on tour or not, Bush said: "He traveled with a hardwood floor in a road case."

All that dancing, such as during the 1987 "Bad" world tour, meant Jackson could drop so much weight during a concert that the costumes for his closing numbers had to be smaller than the ones for the show openers.

Then there were the military jackets, the rhinestone-encrusted interpretations of British war uniforms like the one Jackson wore at the 1984 Grammy Awards, when he raked in a record eight awards for "Thriller."

Bush and Tompkins worked with Jackson until the pop star's death in June 2009.

Bush declined to share any details about Jackson's health or demeanor in his final days. He did say, though, that the King of Pop had always hoped his costumes would be celebrated in books and museums, and Bush is humbled by making that dream a reality. The costumer will exhibit some of Jackson's performance outfits in South America, Europe and Asia before releasing his book on Oct. 30. Many of the costumes will be sold at auction in December, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity.