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Book on styling Michael Jackson wins gold medal at IPPY
Jul '13
“The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson”, a book providing an insight into the pop star’s dressing style, has won a gold medal in Pop Culture/Lifestyle category at this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY).
Expressing delight about his achievement Michael Bush, the author of the book, who served as a personal assistant and designer for Michael Jackson (MJ) for 25 long years said the award not only honors his(MJ’s) memory, but his unique and amazing way of influencing fashion to this day.
The book is the first art-driven work about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories created and donned by MJ till his demise in 2009. It provides an insight into varied MJ styles right from military outfits to fedora hats to jewel-encrusted gloves and intricately beaded outfits. Also, it affords behind the scene look at the pop star and development of his signature style, through a number of colouring pictures and inside stories by the author.
“A fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael’s brilliant fusion of costume, personality and performance to create his iconic image,” the author said in a release before launch of the book by Insight Editions in October last year. 
Launched in 1996, the IPPY Awards, were designed to honour deserving titles of independent authors and publishers from across the globe. 
It is interesting to note that even after four years since the pop star passed away, the craze for his clothing and style is still intact. This can be seen in that even today the auctions of his clothes meet incredible response with celebs like Lady Gaga paying high prices to take home the pop star’s attires.
Just before his demise in June 2009, MJ was planning to launch his personalized fashion line, and was working with one of his designer friend Christian Audigier to launch the same, but the star’s sudden demise halted all the plans. However, as a loyal friend Mr. Audigier did launched the line  including items like a red jacket with Jackson’s portrait on it, silver socks, silver gloves, a black leather belt with large buckle reading ‘BAD,’ and an umbrella, in September 2009.
Late in 2010, MJ’s family also unveiled a line – ‘Jackson 5’, to pay a tribute to the star.

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