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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2012, 07:13:12 PM »
http://www.retailgazette.co.uk/articles/40411-westfield-stratford-to-host-michael-jackson-exhibit

Westfield Stratford to host Michael Jackson exhibit
By Gemma Taylor 01:12PM - Wed 26th September 2012


Shopping centre Westfield Stratford is to exclusively host a collection of garments worn by the late Michael Jackson, it has been announced today.

Presented by Jackson’s long-term costume designers Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, the exhibition will open on Friday October 5th 2012 and is the UK-leg of a worldwide tour of items from the King of Pop’s personal and performance wardrobes.

Located in The Getty Gallery on The Street, an outside area of the 1.9 million sq ft centre, the exhibit will showcase dozens of iconic outfits including the right-handed crystal glove worn by Jackson and the complete outfit worn in his video ‘Scream’ as well as others worn during various famous live performances.

Tompkins and Bush worked with Jackson for over 25 years and the collection includes Bush’s illustrated book ‘The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson’, which will be available from late next month.

Joining a list of well-known venues to exhibit the garments including Dublin’s The Museum of Style and Icons and Santiago’s The Museo de la Moda, Westfield Stratford City is the only shopping centre in the world to host the renowned exhibition.

Myf Ryan, General Manager of Marketing at Westfield Stratford, said: “It is an honour to be the exclusive UK hosts for such a unique exhibition.

“In our first year, Westfield Stratford City attracted 47 million shoppers and we are increasingly becoming the destination of choice for exclusive events.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors and fans to get up close and personal with music and fashion history.”

Once the exhibition has finished its tour, which will see it arrive at Tokyo’s Sky Tree Soramachi in Japan once it leaves London, an exclusive auction of the costumes will take place at Julien’s Auctions on December 2nd 2012.

Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, commented: “Thanks to the partnership with Westfield and Getty Images we are excited to bring the highlights of the Tompkins and Bush Collection for fans and collectors in Europe to preview these historic highlights in person prior to the live auction on December 2nd in our Beverly Hills Gallery”.

Tickets to the Westfield Stratford exhibition cost £10 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster from September 30th 2012.

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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2012, 09:50:59 PM »
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2012/10/05/michael-jacksons-wardrobe-vip-exclusive-the-collection-of-tompkins-and-bush/

Michael Jackson’s wardrobe VIP exclusive: The Collection of Tompkins and Bush
Friday 5 October 2012

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

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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2012, 11:03:58 AM »
http://www.mjworld.net/news/2012/10/14/michael-bush-exhibition-qa/

Michael Bush Exhibition Q&A Sunday, October 14th 2012

Michael Bush has brought a collection of Michael’s personal and concert outfits to the UK, which is currently on display at The Getty Gallery, The Street, in Westfield in London. The exhibition, which is named; The Collection of Tompkins & Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe,’ is now running and will be there until November 4th.

Shane McCusker is involved with the exhibition and met with Michael Bush. Not only has Shane taken a lot of great photographs, but he agreed to do a Q&A on some of the items included.

How many costumes and outfits are featured at the exhibition?

I’m not sure of the exact number, but I know that there is over 50 exhibits on display, plus we are introducing some new items to the exhibition and some of the things we currently have will be leaving, so if you’re a die-hard fan, make sure you come and check out what’s there, as once it’s sold in December you will never see this collection together again in public!

Can you tell us about some of the outfits?

Well, they are all very different and all very special. There is a fascinating story behind each and every one of them; my personal favorite is the black jacket MJ wore during ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’’ on the ‘Bad’ tour. It’s the jacket he wears in the very opening of the show, it’s pretty iconic; he wore that when he was introduced to Princess Diana for the first time. I like it not only for that reason, but also; it hasn’t been washed since the last night of the tour. MJ’s makeup stains from 25 years ago are still there; you can actually see a clear hand print from where he hit his chest during the routine, to me, that’s amazing! It just shows how much care Bush has taken of these items since MJ gave them to him.

What other items are available for Michael’s fans to see?

I’m not sure what will be there on show after the items change, as I’m writing this a few days before we change, but currently I would say the highlights include the original white suit from the ‘Smooth Criminal’/’Moonwalker’ film, the ‘Bad’ tour silver jacket with the black buckles and of course the glove, simply because it is just so iconic!

Is there an illustrated brochure/programme the fans can purchase about the exhibition?

Absolutely! We have a beautiful golden glossy programme available at the gallery for just £5.00. It features images of the items on display, descriptions about them, plus loads of beautiful images from the vast Getty Images Archive.

Will there be a chance to purchase copies of Michael Bush’s book at the venue?

Yes, there will be a book launch day later this month, where Michael (Bush) will be in to meet fans and sign copies of the book. It’s great value for money; I was lucky enough to have Michael Bush read it to me, quite literally page-by-page, which is 4 hours I will never forget; it’s only £30.00/$45.00, and the book is HUGE! Gloss paper, hardback; it’s a coffee-table book, a true collector’s item, plus the fact MJ is the one who suggested that this book be released makes it that little bit more impressive, as it’s kind of like the loose ends of one of his many incomplete projects finally being finished off and shown to the fans.

Will Michael Bush be present at any time during the exhibition?

Michael has only had one day off since the exhibition opened! He loves meeting the fans, he’s in New York now for his Times Square Hard Rock Cafe book signing, but he’ll be back here in London at the end of the month for the UK book signing!

How much does the exhibition cost?

The exhibition costs £10.00 each per person. Many people have asked both Michael, the people at Julien’s auctions etc and myself why the cost is in place; it is simply to cover the costs of the exhibition set-up. The costumes are now extremely fragile. Most of them haven’t been worn in over 20 years. Because of this, we have had to use special displays and lighting set-ups in order to display them well, without causing any damage to them. All of us at the exhibition take great care of the items, and unfortunately the equipment used to preserve these items does cost money.

How do you obtain tickets?

Tickets are available at the reception desk or at Ticketmaster.

Do you know where else in the world the exhibition is going to be taken?

The exhibition has come from Chile, to Ireland, we also have one in Tokyo, and from London & Tokyo it will converge back in LA for the auction in December.

Is there anything else that you would like to tell Michael’s fans about the event?

Only that it is the only chance that they will get to see this collection up close. The exhibition has been done with so much care and attention to detail, if you are thinking about visiting, visit! You will regret it if you don’t go! I see Film & Television sets and costumes all the time and they are usually quite cheap and tacky looking up close; these items are even better to see up close! The methods behind making them and the attention to detail used to create these pieces is really a reflection of the friendship and creative partnership shared between Tompkins & Bush, plus of course the one and only King of Pop; Mr. Michael Jackson!

Before he passed, Michael (Jackson) went to Julien’s Auctions to set up an exhibition of his personal items, so this is what MJ requested months before we lost him.


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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2012, 12:42:10 PM »
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2012/10/18/costumes-with-high-sparkle-were-eye-candy-to-jackson.html

Book Review | The King of Style: Costumes with high sparkle were eye candy to Jackson
By  Patricia Reaney
REUTERS Thursday October 18, 2012 7:05 AM


NEW YORK — Michael Jackson was the type of entertainer who oversaw all the details of his shows, from the slick choreography to the rhinestones and pearls sewn onto his elaborate costumes, his longtime costume designer said.

As much as music and dance characterized the pop superstar, Jackson was also known for his style, from military outfits and regalia to jewel-encrusted gloves, fedora hats and intricately beaded jackets.

In a new book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson by Michael Bush, the man who designed and made Jackson’s stage costumes for 25 years, until the pop star’s death in 2009, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the singer and the development of his signature style. The book will be published on Tuesday.

“The clothes had to work around the way he was performing,” Bush said in an interview. “He wanted his outfits, or his costumes, to be as entertaining on a hanger as they were on him. “It was an added layer of refinement and detail that he was projecting to his audience.”

Everything that Jackson wore had a focus and was an extension of what he was doing onstage, with dance playing a pivotal role in the designs. He favored rhinestones and beading because they reflected the stage lighting.

Function, fitness and comfort were essential, with neckties and fringes forbidden because they could be grabbed by fans.

“It was very contrived. It was very thought out,” said Bush, adding that, as the stadiums got bigger, Jackson’s pants got shorter and shorter, the better to see his rhinestone socks.

Each of the 800 to 900 costumes that Bush and partner Dennis Tompkins, who died last year, made for Jackson were over-the-top, skintight creations. Many are shown in detailed photographs in the book, along with sketches and performance photos.

Away from the spotlight, Jackson preferred casual, loose-fitting corduroy shirts; black cotton pants; and loafers.

And despite all his fame and wealth, and gifts of expensive designer shoes, Jackson always performed in Florsheim shoes, which can be purchased in most malls.

“He taught himself to dance in Florsheims. They were comfortable and were what he had worn as a child star,” Bush explains in the book.

Although Jackson claimed not to have a favorite costume, Bush said, the one that the pop star liked the most was the pearl- and bead-encrusted white military jacket that he wore when his sister Janet handed him a Grammy Award in 1993.He was laid to rest in a replica of the jacket.

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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2012, 11:18:59 AM »
The auction was held yesterday Sunday December 2 in LA.  One male bidder holding paddle 462, quickly became known as the top winning bidder, successfully winning many of the more famous and iconic pieces. In all paddle 462 won over 50 pieces from the auction. Fans watching the auction online wondered who this person could be, as no one in the auction room recognised him.

Once the auction was over paddle 462 identity became known.

@BrandonVance
I just spent 10 hrs bidding on all Michael Jackson's clothing. What did you do today? #paddle462

then a few hours later the mystery was revealed
@BrandonVance
Amazing to represent @ladygaga today, a woman who will love, take care of, and preserve the 55 historical pieces she collected today!

then confirmed by the lady herself


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Re: Bush/ Thompkins Michael Jackson Costumes Auction & Book Release
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2012, 01:50:38 PM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/michael-jacksons-bad-jacket-spangled-gloves-sold-at-auction-lady-gaga-among-collectors/2012/12/03/ed4a0802-3d24-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ jacket, spangled gloves sold at auction; Lady Gaga among collectors
By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, December 3, 8:39 AM


LOS ANGELES — Costumes worn by Michael Jackson commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Lady Gaga was among the collectors.

Gaga tweeted Sunday that she bought 55 pieces in the sale administered by Julien’s Auctions and said she plans to keep the items “archived and expertly cared for in the spirit and love of Michael Jackson, his bravery and fans worldwide.”

Auctioneer Darren Julien said the jacket Jackson wore during his “Bad” tour fetched $240,000. Two of Jackson’s crystal-encrusted gloves sold for more than $100,000 each, as did other jackets and performance costumes.

The auction featuring the collection of Jackson’s longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush raised more than $5 million. Some proceeds benefited Guide Dogs of America and Nathan Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas.