The Four Fs of Dressing Michael Jackson:
FIT: Material needs to be sleek, elastic, tight-fitting but porous. Nothing bulky. The goal was to fit his clothes so his choreography could be facilitated and appreciated.
FUNCTION: To work with Michael’s movements the clothes needed to be able to stretch. In addition, bell-bottom pants were considered nonfunctional, as they covered Michael’s footwork and caused tripping.
FUN: From fabric that made noise when rubbed together, to zippy zippers and clanking metal, Michael loved it all. Clothing that was fluid and moved with him was fun to him. Shine, bounce, even electricity was not only a welcome addition to Michael’s wardrobe, but a defining factor of it.
FIRST: Think so far outside the box, you’d need a plane ticket to fly back into it. Our mindset became, “What hasn’t Michael worn? What haven’t we put on him yet?” We never wanted to do the same thing twice.
- Michael Bush