Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER” Jacket up for Auction
We have all seen Thriller and we all know the red jacket that Michael Jackson was wearing when he turned into a zombie. We here is your chance to buy that jacket, not a copy, that jacket, the actual one he was wearing. The iconic Marc Laurent Paris red and black calf leather jacket is up for auction at www.julienslive.com. Jackson signed it and gave it back to the garment’s designers. If you decide to place a bid you better have deep pockets, it could fetch between $200,000 to $400,000. The auction ends in about 11 days….
Among the most recognizable and famous garments of the 20th century, Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket sparked a 1980s fashion craze. The jacket was widely copied and sold to adoring fans worldwide. The black and red style of the jacket became so identifiable with Jackson’s groundbreaking extended short film/ video for the single “Thriller” that he continued to use jackets of the same design when performing the song “Thriller” for the duration of his career. This jacket is one of two, designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, that Jackson owned and wore during the filming of the epic video for the single “Thriller.” The other jacket is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on loan from the Estate of Michael Jackson.
This jacket was given by Michael Jackson to his longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, or just “Bush” as Michael called him. Jackson brought this jacket to Tompkins and Bush to be used as a reference for all of the subsequent concert versions of the “Thriller” jacket they would in turn make during their decades of working exclusively for Jackson. When he first brought it to them, they reportedly asked if he could really dance freely in the jacket, to which Jackson incredulously replied, “Have you seen the video for ‘Thriller’?” Clearly, Jackson performed some of the most iconic choreography of our time in that video, without difficulty, while wearing the jacket. At a later date, Jackson officially gifted the jacket to the designers, at which time he added the inscriptions to the left sleeve and interior lining.