"I love experienced people. I love people who are phenomenally talented. I love
people who've worked so hard and been so courageous and are the leaders in their fields.
For me to meet somebody like that and learn from them and share words
with them — to me that's magic. To work together." ~ Michael Jackson
people who've worked so hard and been so courageous and are the leaders in their fields.
For me to meet somebody like that and learn from them and share words
with them — to me that's magic. To work together." ~ Michael Jackson
Michael Bush had traveled the world on tour with Michael Jackson many times over the near twenty five years he worked for MJJ as his dresser and artisan of many of his costumes and clothes. He had recently again traveled the world from Japan to Europe and back to the U.S. on a whirl wind book signing tour for the poignant, beautifully written and amazingly stunning book, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson.” There have been several close friends to Michael whose books I have also relished to read; however I was very much looking forward to this book in particular. Michael Bush was the closest to Michael in a very personal way as Michael’s dresser both on and off stage. Following him along online as he traveled the world on his book tour I realized that the biggest perk for the MJ fans was to talk with Michael Bush one on one. I had so many questions.
So it was on this clear brisk fall November morning my dear friend Robyn and I embarked on a Michaeling journey as we typically do. We hit the California freeways early to attempt to beat the traffic. Eager to garner a decent parking spot we arrived early to Julien’s Auction showroom in Beverly Hills. Emerging from the elevator to the Julien’s lobby we excitedly chuckled to ourselves over our anxious and a bit too early arrival. Anticipating the need to wait out on the patio until opening we turned the lobby corner from the elevators to pleasantly see neatly suited guards amiably open the glass lobby doors as they ushered us in. Yes! Happily they were expecting eager fans just like us. Darren Julien the owner, and Martin Nolan the Executive Director warmly greeted us, waving us in. We said our hellos to Darren and Martin now familiar friends as we have spent many hours visiting Julien’s for past auctions and preview parties. They have graciously allowed us long hours of perusing up close and personal Michael Jackson’s items and costumes understanding that for so many of us this will be the very closest we would ever get to Michael Jackson. I very much appreciate and honor our friendship with Julien’s. They are always welcoming and friendly to MJ fans and very protective of Michael Jackson and his legacy.
Standing at the counter in a gold tone and black zebra, psychedelic print jacket with metal studded cowboy boots and spurs was Mr. Michael Lee Bush. These awesome cowboy boots I found such an appropriate statement for the kick ass way he has taken on and promoted his beautiful book in spite of the unnecessary, cruel mudslinging he has had to endure in the process. Yup Bush was ready to kick some book signing butt and with a grin on his face and twinkle in his eye greeted us ready for the MJ fan filled day.
This was Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The first day of Michael Bush’s book signing in Los Angeles which I had marked on my calendar for sometime. The culmination of the tour would be the Tompkins-Bush VIP Preview Party on Wednesday, Nov. 28th. Then the final auction of the costumes on Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Fans from all over the world were flying in. Today however was our day to see up close and personal Michael Jackson’s exquisitely designed and scrupulously handcrafted costumes by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush the designers and crafters of much of Michael Jackson’s wardrobe. Both of these wonderful men created right along side MJ forming THE most dynamic, iconic, fashion trio in history. The purveyors and innovators of style who brought to fruition MJ’s magical fashion icon history. The three masters weaved a magical hold on the world throughout the 80s and 90s branding Michael Jackson via his clothes into the mind set of the world's eye. No one had ever accomplished this before and no one ever will again. For decades this man, Michael Bush, was close to Michael Jackson on a daily basis as he traveled around the world. I remember watching the TV fascinated, stopping everything to watch in curiosity and awe as Michael Bush explained Michael’s wardrobe on Entertainment Tonight during the History tour. I sat mesmerized and remember thinking, "Damn... that was not a long enough interview. They should have showed more!"
We stood for only a moment inside the front doors saying hello when Martin asked, “Have you met Michael Bush?” He in turn warmly smiled, greeting us with handshakes. Happily we responded, “Hello Michael!”, like we had just run into an old friend. He is such an easy person to talk to. I can readily see why MJ felt so comfortable with him as he is gentle, kind, patient, funny and very giving of himself to the fans. He dove into conversation with us revealing that Michael called him, Bush. He proudly displayed his exquisite book filled with amazingly superb, high quality pictures and wonderful heartfelt stories of precious memories of the years with his beloved boss and friend. I have to say that spending time with Michael Bush is like a warm hug.
I was nervous to ask many questions... however they all disappeared from memory as I stood in front of him. Yet... the conversation flowed so freely it didn’t matter. I just let them all go... and we just talked. He shared about the Dirty Diana shirt and how MJ had on a jacket that just wasn’t working with the wind machine. It was too heavy and didn’t flow during rehearsal so he left the stage, went back stage to ask for a different one. Then looked at Bush spying the white shirt he was wearing, which Dennis Tompkins had made for him. Thus the Dirty Diana shirt was born... off the back of Bush onto the stage with MJ. Yes we all have to agree it flowed purrrfectly with the dance and MJ’s wind machine. In talking to Martin I learn the Dirty Diana shirt is actually there at the exhibit... in the back. Martin takes us to it so we can see it in person as he tells us it can't be put on display and needs to be redressed as MJ wore it for proper display, the material is also voile and over the years has become delicate. However we are very lucky to get an up close look at "THE Dirty Diana" shirt. (full story on page 61 in the book)
|Autry Museum 2010|
His desire to tell this story himself is totally understandable and made perfect sense to me, having experienced the recent losses in his life. There is no one better to tell it than Michael Bush. Definitely no one I’d rather hear it from. This was the twinkling eyed, quiet man with the warm smile, silly sense of humor and quick wit the world watched for years attentively, humbly assisting Michael on stage. It was a pleasure and comfort to see he had survived his grief and regained his joy. Creating is such a cathartic process and clearly had been just that for Michael Bush as he fulfilled Michael’s wish to create a book about Michael’s clothes. The book that together both Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush had begun many years before when Michael was still alive. They had both worked on this book after Michael’s death. They had worked together talking about it with MJ; however there were always pressing projects and issues, other priorities which pushed it to the back burner. Now it was Michael Bush’s honor and privilege to bring it beautifully to fruition for both of them. Much like many people around the world who visit loved ones who have passed away he was honored and blessed to visit both MJJ’s and Dennis’ graves at Forest Lawn Glendale, share his heart, reading to them from the book. A project complete, come full circle. Sharing the joy of a beautiful job birthed and completed out of pure LOVE, in conjunction with the wishes of both his dear beloved friends. What an honor!
We walked along with Bush through the exhibit listening to his stories. Many he confirmed were in the book. I had not fully read the book yet, so to hear him personally bring them to life as we gazed at the glorious wall of impeccably crafted MJ jackets was simply incredible. We listened as he talked, stopping and laughing as he shared with us a funny Michael story about how he loved to do little things on stage to mess with him. Michael knew he didn’t like the spot light. However part of his job was to assist Michael on stage with costume changes. Bush would come out on stage to assist MJ as he stood back from the spotlight between songs. He’d undo his straps on his leg guards or help him with a jacket change. This particular time he was down on one knee in the shadows aiding Michael and MJ purposely moved a few steps into the spot light where Bush had to move along with him to get his work done, suddenly Bush was in the bright spot light too! Seen by the audience, wide eyed and frozen in fear. Of course the minute MJ stepped into the spot light the crowd would roar. Michael Bush’s eyes grew big like a deer in headlights and he became red and flustered. Michael laughed! He thought it was hilarious and giggling uproariously at the look on his face. Bush was not pleased. Although now today he readily laughs about it.
The one thing that is certain when it comes to our Michael Jackson adventures there is always laughter. The joy of Michael Jackson we share goes deep, which is such contrast as to why we were brought together or why we attend these events. Even as we stood overwhelmed, senses overload by all we were looking at and listening to I could not help but think of the life that Michael lived, the paradoxical extremes. On stage the polarizing commanding force over 100,000 people became a painfully shy man one on one off stage. The funny prankster who loved to laugh and joke whose heart broke and dissolved to tears for the disadvantaged, down trodden, the environment, the earth and animals. The world traveler sharing music and LOVE around the globe several times over who was unbearably lonely and isolated, a prisoner of his own fame. In his death those extremes clearly are still a roller coaster of emotion. Elated joy and celebration of a genius life so well lived surrounds all things Michael Jackson, every adventure, every journey coincides with feelings of a broken heart, a deeply cutting absence, a missing of the man of music and love which will never leave. We are just people drawn together over the loss of Michael Jackson, yet here beautiful friendships and great joy have blossomed. This is the cycle of life. This is the wish of Michael brought to fruition... to heal the world, bring LOVE into the world. MJ’s wish fulfilled aided by God’s masterful touch, the maestro joining lives together, connecting and intertwining hearts in LOVE around the globe.
His favorite Disney character was not in fact Peter Pan but Tinker Bell because that is where the magic started. It was Tinkerbell’s magic dust that made it all happen. Michael simply LOVED Tinker Bell and her magic dust. He would show up in the designers room and say, “Bush dust me!” "Bush sling some dust!" Michael Bush would pull out the sparkly glittery sequins and MJ would just brush through them with his fingers watching the sparkle effect, enthralled by the light, transcending to another magical place. He’d play with the stones and discuss the magic of the dust. When Michael would try on clothes he’d say, “Bush sling some dust.” Michael Bush knew exactly what that meant... there needed to be lots of sequins, crystals, glitter and bling on that jacket or costume. So Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush ‘Dusted MJ’ just as he would have wished by creating something very special for Michael, sewing it into his very last favorite pearl jacket. A beautiful, shiny, crystal rhinestone Tinker Bell sewn inside the left side jacket. Tinker Bell rests here for all eternity over MJJ’s heart. As Bush dressed MJJ for that one last time he carefully closed Michael’s jacket over his chest where Tinker Bell and her Magic Dust now lay directly over Michael’s heart protecting him and bringing him Tinker Bell's Magic Dust... For All Time.
As Michael Bush shared this story I could feel his pain yet also his pride in the fact that he personally gave this gift to his friend, a gift of such a deeply resplendent personal wish one last time. I believe simply no one else on God’s earth could have accomplished such a beautifully meaningful gesture providing such a personal crowning gift of LOVE for Michael Jackson. Hearing this story blessed me deeply. We all stood frozen. My feet felt riveted to the floor like lead. Unable to speak at first picturing Michael laying fastidiously dressed in his resplendent pearl jacket with Tinker Bell protecting his heart for all eternity. Tears collectively filling our eyes we all seemed to take a deep cleansing breath at the same time, including Michael Bush. To hear this story from someone, one of the last of a creative trio which will be known for all of entertainment history as the trio who created “The Fashion Icon - Michael Jackson” was mind blowing to me. To know that MJ was lovingly, sensitively cared for as the King he most assuredly was in those last hours as he was dressed for eternal splendor brings a deep lasting comfort and for me. Brings some level of the closure which I personally have been searching for.
While telling this story Michael Bush’s eyes welled up with tears as did ours. MJ had endured so much on this earth. God bless Michael Bush as he was a man so blessed to accompany and live an extraordinary life so very close to the King of Pop, Rock, Soul and LOVE and through the years brought him so much joy and happiness in the beautiful clothes he designed with Dennis Tompkins and as he dressed MJ on a regular basis. He knew MJ well.... very well. He protected him until the very last day possible. Yet here he stood with us average MJ fans sharing the same broken heart. His humbleness, friendliness and generosity of spirit was so apparent.
I was reminded of Greg Phillanganes’ story to the fans at Siedah’s breakfast at Westlake about how when MJ would perform in concert many times he performed just for the band. He loved to see their reaction. How he would inevitably perform a move or serious of moves that shocked and blew the minds of band members and singers, leaving them to look at one another and ask, “Did you just see that? What was THAT? How did he do that?” So much so that many times they’d forget what they were doing and freeze, having to catch themselves and remind themselves where they were and to continue playing. Here too in his stupendous time living near this extraordinary man Michael Bush was also left so many times with his mouth hanging open as Michael pushed him to learn, to stretch, to reach forever deeper to a greater creativity. To profoundly achieve at a sensationally, spectacular, worldwide level the personal best visions, ideas and dreams of Michael Jackson. For me as I stood speaking to Michael Bush it made perfect sense to me that he write this book. Absolutely no one could write it better, explain it better or share these stories. I feel Michael Jackson and Dennis Tompkins would be very proud and approving of this wonderful cathartic result.
The fan interviewing Michael Bush asked about the military jackets inquiring why MJ settled on that look. Bush divulged a conversation MJ had with him about the reasoning behind the sensational military style. First and foremost the conclusion was every man looks great in a uniform. A uniform commands attention. Michael also stated to Bush, “If I can win the women I’m in.” As he said those words we looked at one another and laughed, voicing, “Well MJ certainly succeeded in winning the women!” Bush continued telling us that many military style jackets were created not just one military look taking MJ's broad shoulders and enhancing them with the military style along with his narrow waist. One military jacket in particular, black with braiding was another of MJ’s favorites. He wore this one to meet President Bush Sr. at the White House. On the chest near the heart he wore his ‘dust’, a large, cluster, star burst pin. This pin became much discussion between MJ and Elizabeth Taylor as she loved it and insisted on having it. So MJ had one just like it made for her which thrilled her and she cherished.
We stayed as long as possible and listened to story after story, just following along as fans talked, filmed and interviewed Michael Bush. I finally personally was able to sneak in a question about how many colors of the bad shirt there were as it has been a topic of discussion in the MJFSC group recently. Bush’s answer was there were several: silver, black, red and royal blue very similar to the lining of his zebra jacket I was holding. He explained that they settled on the silver color as the main color worn by MJ on tour because the black color receded, disappearing on stage. The effect in the black color from a distance for the audience allowed them to only see MJ’s head dancing around the stage. The silver showed him up much better just like glittery socks at a distance on stage. MJ was always concerned about the fans at the back of the audience and wanted to give everyone a great show.
The royal blue jacket with gold accents I had never seen before. Michael Bush told us it was a dinner jacket which MJJ wore to greet visitors at home and when he was on tour in hotels. In essence MJJ's comfortable parlor jacket.
The leather yellow looking Thriller jacket he pointed out glowed in the dark during concerts which brought to mind many memories of seeing MJ on stage singing Thriller, then disappearing in a fiery magic box only to reappear on the cherry picker moments later.
Michael Bush shared when MJJ wasn't wearing loafers he wore street boots and MJJ always had Bush make them with a one inch lift to make him look taller. Always loved these boots on MJ.... sigh.
Robyn Starkand's beautiful video of the Tompkins Bush Exhibit:
A spectacular look into MJ’s genius was revealed as Michael shared about the plan for the Beat It jacket in TII. MJ’s plan was for it to literally go up in a whoosh of flames. There was much discussion and work done to create a jacket that would burn but not burn the floor or anything else. We see Michael talk about this in the TII rehearsals, “Let it BURN!” The fire department was called on to take part in this plan, sprinklers would need to be installed and everything needed to be up to fire code. There was a plan to have the fire department stand by for each performance. The material needed to be specially treated, fire retardant. It had to be ‘Michael Jackson Fire'! Only Michael Jackson would stage ‘beat’ his jacket, set his jacket on fire in a big way and yet not burn a thing! Michael Jackson Genius and Magic! There were many things that Michael Bush was working on for This Is It with Michael Jackson. They were creating a gamut of fashion marvels and magic for the fans. He shared that these costumes were in process when MJ died and many went uncompleted. This was a day of sighs... impulsively, spontaneous big sighs... If only...
Michael Bush revealed that everyone was hoping with all their hearts that Michael would make it to London where new doctors would have been assigned while Conrad Murray went about his normal playing around and womanizing. There would have been competent medical staff caring for Michael and many believe if he had made it to London MJ would still be alive today. Again sadness gripped my heart... If only...
There again... the heart ache... the tears... the disappointment... the emptiness. My eyes met Michael Bush’s eyes when he shared this... no words. Only a deep, heart breaking, gut wrenching sigh. The possibilities of ‘What If’ clouding my mind and heart. He nodded recognizing the pain. Yes Michael Bush was Michael’s confidant, designer, dresser, creative fashion facilitator and friend for close to twenty five years; however clearly he was also very similarly like us, a huge fan and his heart has been broken on levels we fans could never imagine. We will never know the degree of loss he feels and has felt for his dear beloved friend. God bless you Mr. Bush.
There was a time when MJ generously gave away a jacket and then asked for another just like it to be made. That is when both Dennis and Michael decided they needed to photograph each item extensively in case it ever needed to be replaced rather than panic trying to remember the details of the gifted item. This is when it became their practice to photograph each item in detail. They also started the practice of making two, three and sometimes four of the same jacket for back ups. When Michael saw these photos of his clothes he was thrilled. Michael told him many, many years ago when the clothes first started to be photographed, “Bush I have given you the tools. You need to write a book.” The result the stunning coffee table book “King of Style” which we were all there to purchase and also have Michael Bush sign. Also set to raise money for specific charities in both Dennis and MJ’s memories. I was very happy to spend the money on this book knowing that the suffering and needy would be aided from my purchase. That their lives would improve or become more joyful as a result of my small purchase. What an honor to support Michael Bush, to be apart of something so beautifully altruistic in Michael Jackson’s and Dennis Tompkins’ memories... so Mike Like.
Ultimately and appropriately Dennis Tompkins picked the date of the auction two years before the auction took place. Coincidentally and fittingly the day of the final auction of the costumes fell on the anniversary date of his passing. I can see him smiling now.
|Martin Nolan, Michael Bush, unknown happy lady sandwiched in and Darren Julien|
|Jalles Franca and Michael Bush|
|There was joy as always at every MJ gathering.|
|Jalles Franca an MJ Vegas impersonator, |
his beautiful wife Kaylan and Debbie Jackson.
I was drawn back to this jacket over and over. The design and craftsmanship is just spectacular as it is on all of the costumes and jackets. This is one of the simpler jackets; however I just kept looking at and picturing MJ in it just like this... his broad shoulders and big gorgeous smile... a happy time for him.
While mingling I took the time to take a second close look at each superbly crafted jacket just as I had done on the day of the book signing earlier in the week. In each jacket and costume I saw MJJ’s face... saw him smiling, waving, saw his broad shoulders, his slim waist and long dancers legs, his big smile and warm brown MJ eyes, his curls. Eliciting again the sadness of why we were gathered in the first place. The bittersweet over shadowing the feelings of joy. A roller coaster of emotion hit me then I forced myself to snap back to the here and now, the celebration of MJJ’s life and what these costumes and the money they raise will mean for the charities involved.
There are two main charities which have great meaning to Michael Bush and will benefit from the sale of these items, Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas www.nah.org. This time honored practice of auctioning off MJJ items and clothes for charity was established by MJJ himself. He became very notably the biggest celebrity philanthropist in Guinness world history giving a record setting $billions to the most charities in the world. Michael Bush continues to carry this tradition forward with this auction in MJJ’s memory.
|Michael Bush and guide dog in training Fred.|
|Lorrie Bernson from Guide Dogs of America, Carter and Michael Bush|
|Lorrie Bernson and sweet Carter|
Michael Bush commented to me, “Not only did MJJ give me the tools to write the book but to raise money for people that can't pay medical bills or for medicine and to be able to support the seeing eye dog foundation affording puppies for blind human beings that did not get the gift of sight that I did and have every morning I wake up. The people that will never get to see Michael dance and entertain them. These people struggle through out life on a daily, hourly basis. I hope the first puppy we get we can name him ‘Thriller’ not only in MJJ’s honor but for the 'thrill' the person will get indirectly from MJJ’s gift of music and dance.”
I was thrilled myself to learn there was a guide dog graduation on Dec. 15th which Lorrie and Hillary from Julien’s invited me to. Hillary a member of the Julien’s staff attends these amazing guide dog graduations on a regular basis. I will share more about this after I attend. I’m really looking forward to this day.
--- A third charity benefiting from the sale of every King of Style book purchased a portion of the sales of the book will also be donated to MusicCares, a nonprofit organization operated by The Recording Academy, which provides services and resources to members of the music community in times of need.
--- A fourth charity benefiting from the sale of the book King of Style in conjunction with the publisher, Insight Editions is Roots of Peace. It is wonderful to know that the purchase of this book will help the environment. This is something I feel MJ would definitely approve of.
As printed at the back of the book:
"Insight Editions in association with Roots of Peace will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of the book. Roots of Peace is an internationally renowned humanitarian organization dedicated to eradicating land mines worldwide and converting war-torn lands into productive farms and wildlife habitats. Roots of Peace will plant two million fruit and nut trees in Afghanistan and provide farmers there with the skills and support neccessary for sustainable land use."
|Auctioneer, Tim Luke, gives fair warning for last bid of $160,000 |
for the crystal glove by bidder 462
|MJ's Madonna Date Night Academy Award Jacket |
MJ asked Dennis and Bush to find out what she was wearing
and had it made to match Madonna's dress.
|Final bid on White House Jacket, bidder 462|
|Julien's Tompkins Bush King of Style Window Display|
The auction was held on Sunday, Dec. 2. After bolstering my morning self with a couple of savory caffeine enhanced Frappuccinos I arrived at Julien’s to find my friend Debbie from New Zealand had saved me a place in the front. I checked in, collected my paddle and catalog. Having planned ahead I hoped to try to win one of the sewing machines. Jackets and most of the items were out of range for me but the sewing machines were right up my alley. For me it would have been absolutely awesome to own the machine Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins worked endless hours on as they created the beautiful costumes for MJJ. The item where they turned the creative ideas magically from sketch and pattern to reality. I laughed to myself as I thought about how I could only hope just maybe some of that talent would flow through the machine to me like MJJ's magic pixie dust. The auction was long, no breaks given this time as there was a lot of ground to cover. It was exciting and exhilarating to watch live the bidding on MJJ’s jackets, gloves and items bring in over $5 million. The reality and totality of this dollar amount simply doesn’t penetrate my brain. It’s hard for the average everyday person to wrap their head around that number; however I am thrilled for Michael Bush, Julien's and all the charities which will benefit in MJJ's memory.
Many times over bidder 462 out bid all the rest for iconic jackets and glittery gloves. After a few wins in a row I turned to suss out who bidder 462 was, attempting to give a congratulatory smile. I found him somber, not even needing to raise his paddle while bidding but only giving a small nod. There was no emotion, no eye contact with anyone except with the auctioneer when a bid was raised. He kept his head down, he was all business only conferring quietly with his friend at his side. I decided he must be a representative for Donald Trump or Justin Beiber, both MJ lovers, when it was whispered that he was representing for a New York bidder and his dollar limit seemed to be bottomless. Debbie and I concurred if not representing for them then he was definitely a buyer sent by someone influential and wealthy. Surely he was not a fan or MJJ lover as no one could win so many amazingly iconic items and never even bat an eyelash or show any emotion. I laughed and chuckled to myself deciding he was the 'auction hit man'. He was definitely there to do a job which only made me wonder with concern if MJJ’s items would be purchased by someone who would respect, love and care for them. With each iconic jacket or item he bid on the energy in the room exponentially rose, the air filled with electricity as the price climbed higher and higher and higher. There was no out bidding him. If he wanted an item he shot down every opposing bid and he won it. That was that!
Later I was amazed to learn on Face Book that I had been present in the room watching and experiencing this moment in history as Lady Gaga the person from N.Y. he represented euphorically won all the MJJ booty. Congratulations Lady Gaga!
Not long after the auction Lady Gaga’s representative (the auction hit man), Brandon Maxwell, tweeted:
Brandon Maxwell @BrandonVance
Amazing to represent @ladygaga today, a woman who will love, take care of, and preserve the 55 historical pieces she collected today!
@BrandonVance @ladygaga I was at the auction today! Was amazing to watch 462 in action! Congrats! So happy some1 who LUVS MJ hz his things!
Lady Gaga a huge Michael Jackson fan also expressed her love and respect for Michael Jackson when she tweeted her picture and a statement:
Lady Gaga @ladygaga The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, and fans worldwide
|Me in my MJ History Tour jacket a couple of days later at the gates of Neverland|
That is the 'new guard' Gunner I'm speaking to.
A beautiful dog, a Long Haired Griffen from the UK,
belonging to one of the guards.
In the end, the Julien’s final tally for the Tompkins and Bush Collection raised more than $5 million. A new record... MJJ still setting records. WoW!! And this may very well be another Guinness World Record for Michael Jackson! He would be proud of that I'm certain. What an amazing tribute to both Michael Jackson and Dennis Tompkins made possible by Michael Bush and Julien's. Thank you!
An excerpt from the Julien’s Auction website from Michael Bush:
“You know Dennis picked the date of this auction when we first began this process and ironically it was the exact date in which he passed two years ago. It’s as if Michael is still working his magic from up above,” said Michael Bush, fashion designer and author of King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. “I am so honored to know that museums, respected collectors and the fans were able to obtain a special piece of Michael Jackson today at Julien’s Auctions as I know they will be cherished for many years to come.”
To purchase "King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson"
please go to this Amazon link:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=king%20of%20style%20dressing%20michael%20jackson
An interesting article written in tribute to Dennis Tompkins after his passing:
You may enjoy reading the story on 'Michael's Heart' about Dennis Tompkins' and Michael Bush's exhibit at the Autry Museum in June 2010: How The West Was Worn