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    Default Re: Interview with Michael Bush in Prague for novinky.cz

    Quote Originally Posted by Moonwalker.Fan View Post
    I think this is a different interview, but the content is similar. I guess it's pretty much the same in all countries he goes to
    "It's all meant to be play. Keep to your course, but dance while you do it."

    'Tain't what you do it's the way that you do it - that's what gets results.
    You can try hard, don't mean a thing.
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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    ^^That is because they tend to ask him the same type of questions. Where is Bush right now? Is he still touring Europe?

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    I understand that 'Dressing Michael Jackson' has won a joint award from the IPPY2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards 2013, in the 'Popular Culture / Leisure' category. Congratulations to all at Insight and to Michael Bush.

    Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing - 17th Annual Awards

    Congratulations to all 382 medalists and sincere thanks to the almost 2,500 independent authors and publishers who participated in our 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. The awards ceremony to honor the medalists will take place on May 29th in New York, on the eve of the BookExpo America convention. Medalists in attendance at the event will be introduced and presented medals and certificates; those unable to attend will receive their packets by mail.

    62. Popular Culture/Leisure

    Gold (tie): The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, by Michael Bush (Insight Editions) and The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents from the Batcave, by Brandon T. Snyder (Insight Editions)
    Silver: Who Is The Doctor:The Unofficial Guide to Dr. Who, by Graeme Burk & Robert Smith? (ECW Press)
    Bronze: Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations, by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    http://www.independentpublisher.com/...&urltitle=2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results
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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    This is great. More truthful books about Michael should be recognized.

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    That is great news and congratulations to MB
    Last edited by Bubs; 31-05-2013 at 08:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    I just bought his book. First I hesitated to buy it because I'm not really into clothes and fashion. But then some of my friends bought it and they told me what a great book it was so I ordered it too. And yes, it's a beautiful book, I love it very much. IMO a must for every MJ fan.

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    Really beautiful, classy book.

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    Great news. I hope this award gets some publicity. Bush had a great subject to work with.

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    I couldn't have said it better myself! I just recently got the book off of Amazon.com since I'd gotten an Amazon gift card, & it took about an entire week to get it, since it was shipped all the way apparently from the UK, but once I got it, i immediately started reading it, like the first day i read 3 chapters, the next day, i read chapers 4, 5, & 6, & so on!! Although I do have to say, the last part of the book made me teary-eyed, but nonetheless, the book is AMAZING!!!

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    Quote Originally Posted by MJJsBADEraLady87 View Post
    I couldn't have said it better myself! I just recently got the book off of Amazon.com since I'd gotten an Amazon gift card, & it took about an entire week to get it, since it was shipped all the way apparently from the UK, but once I got it, i immediately started reading it, like the first day i read 3 chapters, the next day, i read chapers 4, 5, & 6, & so on!! Although I do have to say, the last part of the book made me teary-eyed, but nonetheless, the book is AMAZING!!!
    I love this book, it was my christmas present from my sister. But it took ages for it to be delivered to her because it came all the way from the US. lol weird!
    OM to the Gold Pants!

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    ^^What a coincidence--shipped from UK to US then shipped from US to UK.

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    Default Re: Bush speaking at 'Bath in Fashion' 20th April 2013 (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by xthunderx2 View Post
    I don't like the way this article begins "Who would Michael Jackson have been without his unique style, his military style jackets, his gloves, his hats and shoes which were much a part of his persona as his ground breaking dancing and spectacular showmanship ?" The way Michael dressed had NOTHING to do with WHO he was and the talent that came out of every single pore of his body. All it did was help create and image...thats all .
    Really? They were being positive, give them a break. I had to read over your message again to check you were actually being negative about that.


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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    LTD you are right, to them they are being positive. I think Thunder doesn't like the way they express it. It has something to do with them writing the words "have been without," as though those articles made him "Michael Jackson." In contrast, Thunder is saying that the materials did not make him "Michael Jackson"--they were just used to create an image. Also, they did not put the most important thing in there with dancing & showmanship, i.e., his Talent!! Actually, it is sad that they left that out.

    Anyway Bush wrote about these objects^^so I guess they wanted put that up front, to promote the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrarose View Post
    ^^What a coincidence--shipped from UK to US then shipped from US to UK.

    ROFL That's just too funny

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    Default Re: Michael Bush talks about dressing the King of Pop Michael Jackson

    King of style: The man behind Michael Jackson's fashion

    By Michael Quintanilla : July 12, 2013 : Updated: July 15, 2013 9:03am


    Michael Bush's tell-all fashion book about singer Michael Jackson has been in the works for two decades. But Bush's closely guarded secrets as the king of pop's personal dresser and designer aren't tabloid fodder. They're fascinating insider tidbits about his superstar client and friend.

    “The King of Style” (Insight Editions, 2012) was honored last month with the top prize — a gold medal — as the pop culture/leisure winner at the Independent Publishers Book Awards. The book is loaded with the lavish garments Bush and his significant other and business partner, Dennis Tompkins, who died in late 2011, covered in “icing” and “dust” — words Jackson used for anything shiny. But it's Bush's behind-the-scenes stories about the legendary entertainer that keep you turning the page.

    For instance, Jackson only danced in Florsheim loafers, and he instructed Bush to never, under any circumstances, polish them.

    So his fans in the back row could see him moonwalk, Jackson danced in white socks covered with nearly 5,000 rhinestones (each hand sewn) and high-water pants — or “floods” as Jackson called them. Military-inspired jackets became his trademark because the style was worn by royalty during Victorian times as a form of entertainment.
    “And Michael was the ultimate entertainer,” Bush said on the phone from his Los Angeles home. And then this, referencing a Napoleon quotation: “Michael believed in the saying, 'With baubles men are led.'”

    Bush, 55, learned his craft in Portsmouth, Ohio, from his mother and grandmother, who made wedding gowns, prom dresses and quilts. He began working with Jackson in 1985, meeting the singer in a trailer on the set of the “Captain EO” movie, for which he had sewn costumes. Bush was assigned to be Jackson's dresser.

    When he entered Jackson's trailer with his wardrobe for the day, the pop superstar was sitting in the dark with his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Jackson threw a cherry at Bush, then another and one more — “a test for a sense of humor,” Bush figured. So Bush tossed one back and then got Jackson into his outfit.

    Bush and Tompkins refashioned rhinestone gloves, added “Thriller” jackets — including snakeskin, sea bass and neoprene ones and a 27-pound version loaded with lights and batteries. They created outfits for the singer's videos, short movies and world tours.
    They received a patent — a surprise gift from Jackson — after inventing for him a pair of boots fashioned with Florsheim loafers that became known as the “lean shoes.” With the footwear bolted onto a board, Jackson could lean into a stunning 45-degree drop for his 1987 “Smooth Criminal” video and, later, live stage performances.

    “He burst into tears” over the device, said Bush, who was always near Jackson, either in the dressing room or offstage during a show. He'd spend hours in the studio watching Jackson dance in order to make a jacket fit like a second skin — and then wait for Jackson to say, “Bush, you can go ice it now.”

    “Life with Michael was anything but regimented,” Bush said. “He would call at 2 a.m. and ask, 'Did I wake you up Bush?' 'No,' I'd tell him. 'I had to get up to get the phone.' He would laugh and say, 'OK, this is what I'd like for you to do for me, Bush.'”

    When Jackson died on June 25, 2009, La Toya Jackson phoned Bush and told him, “The family wants you to design and make Michael's burial outfit.”

    “I told La Toya, 'I don't think I can do that,'” Bush recalled.

    But La Toya was insistent.

    “'You have to,'” she told me. “'Who else would do it?' She was right. Who else would do it?”

    Jackson's garments, which took Bush and Tompkins five days to complete (Bush spent an hour putting them on Jackson, saying his own personal goodbye), were anything but mournful. They were sumptuous: a milky white military jacket saturated with pearls and cream-colored glass bugle beads, and black leather pants adorned with black seed beads. Cherubs held a crown on a gold bejeweled oversized belt. A British royal crest decorated an armband. And Tinker Bell was slinging glittered dust inside the right breast of his jacket; the fairy was Jackson's ultimate fantasy character “because he would say when she slings her dust, the magic begins.”

    “I asked La Toya what shoes should he wear because when he wasn't performing, he wore Beatle boots,” Bush said. “La Toya told me: 'Bush, he has to go out of this world dancing. Definitely the Florsheims.'”

    Bush had more to say about his book and dressing Michael Jackson:

    Q: In the beginning of your book, you write that you likened Michael to a canvas.

    A: Clothing is like a canvas; it explains people's personalities. Michael was extremely shy on a one-to-one basis, but with his clothes, it was always about, “Look at my clothes, not at me.” Most of all, Michael really understood showmanship. He always said, “I dance the beat and the clothes have to show the beat.”

    Q: Where do you think that sort of thinking came from?

    A: He once told me, “If I study the greats, I'll become greater.” That was what drove him to perfection, even with his costumes.

    Q: He knew how to manipulate clothes, didn't he?

    A: He wanted designs that were authoritative and demanded respect — and that was the military jacket. That look was his iconic visual.

    Q: As you point out, he was extremely shy. Did you find that his clothes opened him up?

    A: He often wore a dinner jacket we made for him when he entertained at Neverland Ranch because it was a conversation piece that helped him open up, even with friends like Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando. It was so juvenile, covered with forks, spoons and knives. It clanked and moved and caught the light and was the ultimate garment for Michael because everybody that saw it on him broke into laughter. And he loved that.

    Q:
    I was fascinated to learn that he only danced in Florsheim shoes.

    A: Those are the shoes that his family could afford when he taught himself to dance. Everyone thought he should have custom-made shoes, but he said to me, “Do what you want with my clothes, but don't touch my shoes. I'm a dancer, that's my art form.” I remember once, in Japan, a manager came up to me and said, “These shoes look like hell, polish them.” So I did and handed them to Michael, who didn't get mad but told me, “Listen, Bush, if my heel slides off the back of the other heel of my shoe and I get shoe polish on the bottom of my sole and fall down on stage, we are all unemployed.” For the next 21/2 years, during the “Bad” tour from 1988 to '90, I slept with those shoes under my pillow for fear of someone else polishing them. I never let them out of my sight.

    Q: I guess it's safe to say his glove or several of them also were guarded?

    A: That, too. I was the guy with the clothes. Michael would say, “If I go onstage and do 'Billie Jean' and I don't have the glove, it's really no longer 'Billie Jean.'” I remember asking once what would happen if he didn't have his glove? “Well, Bush, you don't tell me. You go tell 80,000 people I don't have the glove.”


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