Michael Jackson: Fashion Flashback

June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am 5 comments

With the recent death of Michael Jackson, it seems appropos to look back at his fashion and the ways in which this pop-icon has created a new “royal wardrobe.”

Jackson and the Jackson Five, in the 1970s: Check out the bell bottoms and floral prints– in a few short years, Jackson will have ditched this look for a more “refined” style.

Jackson 5

Jackson on the “Off the Wall” album cover: Losing the 70’s florals and bell-botoms, Jackson dresses it up for the cover of “Off the Wall” in 1979.

Jackson off the Wall

The red jacket: Jackson’s red leather jacket appeared in the “Beat It,” video which debuted February 14, 1983.

Jackson in "Beat It"

In 1983, Jackson is on the cover of People Magazine (October 17. 1983 edition) wearing the red leather jacket that would soon become an iconic piece.


That same year, Jackson is spotted wearing a red cardigan and dress shirt– a hybrid of the “Off the Wall” look and a spot of color from the “Beat It” video.

Jackson with Llama and Chimp, 1983

1983 also introduced the world to the “Billie Jean” sequined glove.

Jackson & Billie Jean


Thriller: In 1984, Jackson’s mini-movie, “Thriller” premiere, where Jackson again wore a red leather jacket.


Dress shirt and loafers: In 1987, Jackson switched up his look, adding a dress shirt and undershirt, shortened pants, and stand-out socks, much like this snapshot of Jackson from a performance of “Bad” and “The Way you Make Me Feel” in 1988.

Jackson in 1988, performing

Royal wardrobe: Around 1989 Jackson introduce a new look– one mixed with tassels and a military flare.

Jackson, 1989

Michael Jackson

1991: The return of the dress shirt and slacks, with the occasional addition of a fedora.

Jackson, 1991

Jackson, 1993

1992: Jackson in “Remember the Time”

Jackson, Remember the Time

1995: Scream, with sister Janet Jackson

Janet and Michael, in Scream

In the subsequent years, celebrities and the media alike have replicated Jackson’s look, and, shared the stage with him, proving that Jackson’s influence has spanned time.

Jackson & Britney SpearsJackson & Britney Spears

rihannaMJRihanna in a Jackson inspired look


So here’s to Michael Jackson and his legacy of music and fashion.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. paul  |  November 1, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Hey .. you can bought the beat it leather jacket with metal mesh , Micheal Jackson thriller leather jacket and Michael Jackson Pepsi jacket on on-line store at http://www.hollywoodleatherjackets.com/Michael-Jackson/View-all-products.html . The quality is excellent and at affordable prices

  • 2. sani  |  December 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

    michael jackson is the best

  • 3. giant mountain bike  |  September 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Michael was a true entertainer. He brought musical joy to alot of us

  • 4. mountain bikes australia  |  September 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Michael Jackson is a legend. He made great music and shared it to alot of us

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