Life imitates art – Michael Jackson fashion


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Michael Jackson dress from designer Jean-Charles Castelbajacs 2009-2010 collection.

Michael Jackson dress from designer Jean-Charles Castelbajac's 2009-2010 collection.

I really don’t know what to say about this one – except there’s probably a better way to pay tribute to the King of Pop.

Designers work to push the envelope. I admit, I really didn’t understand the whole process that well until The Devil Wears Prada.

Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y’know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y’know, I’m still learning about all this stuff.
Miranda Priestly: This… ‘stuff’? Oh… ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.

Of course, Castelbajac is just trying to make a statement. But I’ve been amazed at some of the fashions that filter down (pleather pants, Old Navy circa 1998). It’s not impossible that we could see furry collars a couple of months from now – and I don’t know if the prospect amazes me or frightens me.

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One Response to “Life imitates art – Michael Jackson fashion”

  1. adriane Says:

    i absolutely LOVE the quote from “the devil wears prada.”

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