GOOD MORNING AMERICA Explores 'How Michael Jackson Won the West' - A new exhibit in L.A. includes Michael Jackson's favorite western duds.
Tompkins/Bush Costumes on Display at The Autry National Center
August 17, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - The Autry National Center's newest installation, "How the West was Worn by... Michael Jackson," is now open to the public.
Made possible by the generosity of Michael Jackson's long-time Costumer Designers, Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush, the display pays tribute to Michael Jackson's incredible showmanship, on and off the stage... His wardrobe was always memorable and detailed, in large part due to the incredible talent and creativity of Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush. It is in these details that the recurring western influences are found and highlighted in this one-of-a-kind exhibit.
From Jackson's Old West performance of 'I Shot the Sheriff' on the family's 1970's variety show to the flocked, bib-front shirt he wore in Sydney, Australia in the 1990's, the exhibit shows the western influences that were evident in his iconic wardrobe over the years, blending seamlessly with the Gene Autry, John Wayne, Bill Pickett, Roy Rogers and Buffalo Bill artifacts throughout the Museum's gallery of the American West.
The display also includes a design sketch by Dennis Tompkins, signed by Michael Jackson, the 'Guitar' belt worn by Jackson on the 'Beat It' single album cover and promo posters, the silver metal boots he wore to the White House to meet President George Bush, Sr., as well as the centerpiece... the last single, white, rhinestone glove Michael Jackson was ever photographed in. A truly moving exhibit, created with the utmost love and care for the King of Pop.
Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush fondly recall, "Michael Jackson's request, with everything we made for him, was always the same . . . 'Dennis, Bush, this has to be museum-quality. This needs to be able to be displayed in a museum.
"When the Autry approached us in early 2009, about contributing to this exhibit, we discussed it with Michael and he was excited and humbled by the request. It is our honor and privilege to help fulfill Michael's vision in any way, to be able to share with the world a glimpse into the artistic collaboration we were so fortunate to have had with Michael Jackson for almost 25 years and contribute to furthering his incredible legacy for generations to come."
Jackie Autry, Gene Autry's widow expressed her approval of the addition to the museum, "I am so delighted to have this exhibit here representing Michael... and what Michael meant to this country and to so many generations of children."
The Autry National Center explores the experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inform our shared future.
ZILK INC. would like to thank Curator, Jeffrey Richardson and all of the wonderful people at the Autry for their heartfelt commitment to making this exhibit one that truly honors Michael Jackson's life, his artistry and his legacy and for allowing Dennis Tompkins & Michael Bush to share with the world the costumes and designs that were a part of their historic adventure with the greatest entertainer of all time.