The Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. will extend the Michael Jackson: HIStyle exhibit, featuring world-famous Jackson fashion (one of which reportedly weighs about fifteen pounds!) and several videos of Jackson’s performances and appearances at various Grammy ceremonies. The Museum is located at Olympic and Figueroa and opens at 11:30 AM daily and 10 AM on Saturday. Admission ranges from $11.95 to $14.95. More information below:
In celebration of the life and work of Michael Jackson, The GRAMMY Museum is sharing a collection of Jackson’s most iconic wardrobe pieces (including the suit he wore on the cover of Thriller).
Starting today (Friday, June 26, 2009), these will be exhibited on the Museum’s third floor alongside video of some of Jackson’s most exciting GRAMMY performances. We hope this exhibit will serve as a fitting tribute to one of the most significant entertainers in music history. The Museum will open to the public on Friday at 11:30am.
For thousands of years, royalty has called attention to itself with extravagant clothing and other finery. Jewels, fine fabrics, and elaborate accessories can complete the transformation of a person into a brightly-shining star that holds its audience spellbound.
As the self-anointed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson has fully embraced this royal tradition. And like his album HIStory, this exhibit gathers together some of his greatest hits — pieces that are uniquely and unmistakably his.
“The GRAMMY Museum is excited for this rare chance to share this material with our visitors,” said Chief Curator Ken Luftig Viste. “Michael Jackson is undeniably one of the most significant entertainers in pop music history, and the pieces’ starpower — and design — is striking. Few, if any, have ever before been made available to the public in this way.”
Including seven elaborately embellished jackets, two gloves, and more, highlights include jackets worn on the Victory tour, at Jackson’s 1984 American Music Awards appearance, and at the dedication of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All are elaborately bejeweled, beaded, and detailed — with one piece weighing nearly fifteen pounds.
“As a 21st Century museum, we will update our exhibit content frequently,” said Executive Director Robert Santelli. “Though we’ve only been open a short time, Michael Jackson: HIStyle allows us to demonstrate our steadfast commitment to putting that goal into practice. Plus, it’s an amazing collection.”
Working with talented designers, Jackson’s crystals, sequins, beads, embroidery, and insignia have combined to catch the eyes of millions, transmitting his dance moves from the stage to the back row, and his starpower across the world.