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Michael Bush – Dressing Michael Jackson, “The King Of Style”

November 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

                  By Geoffrey Maingart Beverly Hills, CA(Hollywood Today)11/21/12/–An amazing auction and exhibition is taking place at Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills through the 2nd of December.  Michael Bush and Dennis Tomkins designed and created the costumes and clothing of Michael Jackson for nearly 25 years adding the title of “King of Style” to that of the King of Pop.  Michael has also just released his new (Insight Editions) book  , “The King Of Style“, dressing Michael Jackson and the insights into the lives of both Jackson, Bush and Tomkins are unique.  Bush brings a new understanding of the artist. Hired originally to dress Jackson, Bush went on to become his clothing designer and with Dennis Tomkins, that collaboration would be unique in the history of entertainment.  Mr. Bush was at the gallery for two days for the book signing amid his extraordinary collection of the iconic original costumes that Michael Jackson made famous through his career.  From “Bad” to “Thriller” to the various award shows and more, it is possible to see the evolution of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.  Listening to Michael Bush’s recollections of his history of the amazing creations and his special relationship with the entertainer was more than fascinating. Originally hired to be Jackson’s dresser while he was filming Captain EO in 1985, he related his first introduction to the star.  Entering Jackson’s trailer, he was hit by a number of cherries thrown at him by Jackson and he started throwing them back in kind.  Jackson then heaved the whole bowl of cherries at him and with laughter a 25-year working relationship was born and Michael Bush remained with Jackson until the end.  As he explained, he designed clothing for the dancer and outfits had to enhance the dancer and amaze the audience.  He spoke of the comment by Jackson that every woman loves a man in uniform and how that idea became the basis of a theme and style that would become unique throughout the life of Michael Jackson. Because Jackson had this amazing dancing style, the clothing had to move and stretch while still creating the sleek military look and image that would endure throughout his career.  Spandex became a tool and the museums and castles of the world became a source of inspiration for both geniuses.  Three identical outfits were generally made of each creation and the collection at Julien’s comes from those left to Michael Bush and Dennis Tomkins by the artist.  Most of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to charity. Understanding the fashions and Jackson’s deep appreciation of art and style and a perfectionist’s mentality one then can gain an understanding of the real man that is Michael Jackson and the image that he wanted to portray to the world.  His philosophy was to always try something new and to make people do a double take.  Each new project was expected to push the envelope of possibility and make people notice.  He thought of fashion as wearable art and as Bush explained, a companion to his lyrics, music, short films and special effects and tours.  The designers often had to grow not only as artists, but often as inventors.  The anti gravity shoes are a great example and the design was patented in all of their names because Jackson would have it no other was. In many ways, Michael Jackson was surprising and wore throughout his career Florsheim shoes, the same type that he learned to dance in as a boy.  He was a man of many paradoxes and these two great designers represented these traits in the outfits.  The book charts his career through the fashion he wore.  Every jacket was designed with a purpose and each has a unique beginning and history.  The stories and anecdotes about all of the garments are worth owning the book.  It is a side of Jackson that will fascinate and surprise the reader.  This was the public Michael Jackson.  The private Michael Jackson will invariable be found wearing a corduroy shirt, usually red, and black cotton pants that were loose and confortable.             The history of, the gloves, are described in the book and those famous artifacts are in the auction.   Rhinestones,  beads, badges, gold and natural fabrics are all there to behold and bid on.  Even the costumes for Bubbles, the chimp, are there.  Bush spoke of the man as very shy and happiest reading books about art and history with his children.  He said that Jackson was most concerned about whether his final performances would be good enough for his kids.  He wanted them to have a chance to see him on stage before it was too late.  Jackson, he said, felt bullied for most of his 50 years.  Off stage he was just a pretty normal guy.  He loved practical jokes and often inspired his designers with a riddle that would lead to an idea and eventually to a grand fashion creation. Bush and Tomkins were called by Jackson after a four year absence to work for the “This Is It” tour as designers and dresser to bring back their magic to the artist.  Sadly the tour never happened and Michael Bush was asked for the last time to dress Michael Jackson for the funeral.  Tomkins passed away in December of last year and with this magnificent book will be memorialized and remembered with Bush as one of the great designers of all time.   The stories and anecdotes of this trio of artists are beautifully told in words and pictures in this beautifully made volume.  It brings a great understanding of the artist and the vision that he created throughout his career.  The relationship they had together rarely exists in entertainment today where the designers often think of their work as a job and not as art.  These three created a phenomenon known as Wearable Art that became historical. This exhibition and auction will be one of the most unique in the history of entertainment and pop culture.  The gallery is located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd and the book is available for purchase there and is a delight to see and read.  Besides the fashion there is much more Jackson memorabilia and many autographed items.  It is a chance to take a walk through the history of this great artist. There is another unique room at the auction house with the complete boxing memorabilia of Evander Holyfield and there are also other items for sale from many great entertainers including Liberace, Madonna, Lady Gaga as well as an amazing collection of guitars and items belonging to the Icons and Idols of Rock and Roll.

The King Of Style” Dressing Michael Jackson

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  • 1 Admin2 // Nov 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    BY:- Wendy (@wendyluvsmj)

    There is a very good reason you are not familiar with this “version” of Michael Jackson’s signature. That is because these are NOT Michael Jackson’s signatures. They are BLATANT FORGERIES.

    TO BE CLEAR: These items, publicly advertised in Julien’s 2012 Thompkins-Bush Michael Jackson auction catalog are OVERT FORGERIES and are NOT Michael Jackson’s genuine signature!

    1.) PAGE AFTER PAGE in the Julien’s 2012 Bush-Michael Jackson auction catalog of signatures with an awkward, amateurish looking “loop” on the N in Jackson – the last letter of the last name. NOTE: MICHAEL JACKSON DID NOT SIGN THE “N” in HIS LAST NAME “JACKSON’ with this awkward, amateurish “loop”.

    2.) Michael Jackson used 3 different styles of “J” in Jackson over the years.
    Single Line J, Line and Swoop J (or Two Swoop), and Single Swoop J.
    When MJ used the “two swoop” style J in Jackson, HE did it with STYLE, FLUIDITY, ELEGANCE and GRACE, there are heavy and light strokes and you can tell he produced the signature QUICKLY – just like we all do when signing OUR OWN NAME.
    Conversely, ALL! the forged J’s in Julien’s upcoming 12/2/12 auction are COMPLETELY without FLOW, STYLE and GRACE. They are HEAVY and CLUNKY and AMATEUR looking.


    They show HESITATION MARKS where the forger slowed up their hand movement to THINK about what to do NEXT.

    Every person’s signature, while retaining its own overall unique “fingerprint”, shows slight variations based on day, month, year, situation, mood, etc.
    NOTE: There is NO variation to these fraudulent “signatures“ being advertised for sale by Julien‘s. CLEARLY, the signatures were mass produced and NOT done over the years, as is being represented by Darren Julien and Michael Bush.

    As someone with an astute eye for detail, I have diligently studied Michael Jackson’s signature and handwriting style for several years. I have done extensive research through PSA/DNA, PAAS, JSA, Autograph Magazine and have monitored eBay auctions of both genuine and forged Michael Jackson signatures, on a regular basis for several years. I KNOW I’ve seen forgeries by this SAME forger as the Julien’s “signatures” all over eBay for 2-3 years up until very recently. Interestingly, I can no longer find any active or completed auctions on eBay by this forger. Notably, the hat on page 184 of Julien’s catalog – the forgery on the Budapest police hat – I KNOW FOR A FACT that I saw a hat JUST LIKE THIS WITH THE SAME OBVIOUS FORGERY FOR SALE ON EBAY RECENTLY – within the last 2-3 weeks. THAT TOO HAS BEEN REMOVED from the ebay database.

    I MUST TELL YOU that the HUNDREDS of fake signatures being passed off by Julien’s Auctions and Michael Bush in their upcoming anticipated Sell Off of Illegal “merchandize” are some of the most shamelessly AMATEUR forgeries of Michael Jackson’s signature that I have ever seen.

    ALL THE TELL TALE SIGNS OF A FORGERY ARE PRESENT ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE ITEMS. The massive quantity and obviously POOR QUALITY of these fake Michael autographs, along with ALL of the involved Person’s brazenness to do this IN THE STARK LIGHT OF DAY.. IS UTTERLY SHOCKING. [Sentence deleted--Editor.]

    THIS AUCTION MUST NOT TAKE PLACE! IT IS TAKING PLACE AT JULIENS AUCTION 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, Beverly Hills, California 90210 (Telephone: (310) 836-1818)

    DECEMBER 2ND 2012

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