Michael Jackson was more than the greatest musical legend of any recent generation; he was a fashion icon. He became known by one single accessory: the glove. And back in the day, that infamous red jacket was worn by many an older brother during their break-dancing phases. (And, if memories serve us, by Theodore Huxtable on The Cosby Show.) In later years, the military jackets and face masks would become his staples. Recently, Jackson became noted by the fashionable powers that be for his love of Balmain; the embellished jackets and grand price tags were just up his alley. He also signed on to do a fashion line with Christian Audigier, something that never came to fruition. So, as we mourn the loss of the King of Pop, let us look back at the King of Style.
Performing in London.The jacket's detailing gives us a glimpse of what's to come.
A sharply dressed Jackson at Studio 54 with Steve Rubell.
In a casual shirt while on a date with Tatum O'Neal.
A studio session with Kermit. We love the tie.
A studio shot. So color coordinated.
A family portrait.
Looking promlike at the American Music Awards with Brooke Shields.
In an encrusted sweater with Bonnie Pointer and sister LaToya Jackson at the American Music Awards.
On the set of "Beat It" in the one and only jacket.
With Brooke Shields at the 1984 American Music Awards.
In a shiny ensemble with the Jackson 5.
Rocking the glove and a shiny military jacket at the Grammy Awards.
Michael visits President Reagan and Nancy Reagan at the White House in his best military attire.
Performing as the Jackson 5. Even back then, he had amazing style.
The Jackson 5 Victory Tour in LA.
The "Bad" jacket.
Performing in Maryland.
In a burka.
Shining at the Grammys.
The white tux to rival all tuxes. With Madonna at the 63rd Annual Academy Awards.
Performing in New York.
At a Pepsi press conference.
Performing in London with a bandaged hand.
An amazing white jacket at the Grammys.
The hat, military jacket, glasses and armband: all staples.
August and September 1993
Today's leotard-wearing performers have nothing on Jackson.
We may all remember the kiss, but the boots, pants, and armband are also pretty memorable.
At the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. Sequins and an understated tee: so very Michael.
Michael Jackson performs onstage during his HiStory concert tour.
With Elizabeth Taylor for the taping of Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life.
Sporting military details at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Accessorized to the hilt in Tokyo.
Wearing an understated jacket with Nelson Mandela at Mandela's home in Cape Town.
Jackson, in a gold-dragon jacket, with Nelson Mandela at the Kora All Africa music awards.
Wearing an embellished red shirt at a news conference on AIDS in Africa.
Wearing an armband and a medal while receiving the Humanitarian Award in Washington, D.C. Please note the sparkling shoes.
The not-so-varied looks worn at his child abuse trial.
A sequined blazer at the World Music Awards in London.
Wearing a printed suit with fans.
Even in a simple blazer and slacks, Jackson found a way to shine. Here, he's wearing a metallic jacket, celebrating the birthday of Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., along with Larry King in Beverly Hills, California.
Celebrating designer Christian Audigier's 50th birthday in Los Angeles. Jackson and the designer had announced plans to team up on a clothing line.
The ever-present face mask we've come to associate with the singer
Wearing an embellished shirt in London.
Embellished jackets with military insignia were a signature of Jackson's.
In an embellished black blazer.
Michael started wearing Balmain, to the glee of fashion editors worldwide.
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