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The Collection of Tompkins & Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe

4th October 2012 Print
Michael Jackson Red Jacket

Westfield Stratford City has been named as the exclusive UK only host of “The Collection of Tompkins and Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe” – a unique collection of personal and concert tour wardrobe worn by the world renowned “King of Pop” and possessed by Michael Jackson’s long-term costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. The exhibition forms the UK-leg of a worldwide tour and will showcase outfits not seen since they were worn on stage or screen.

The Bush-Tompkins collection will be located in The Getty Gallery on The Street from Friday 5th October 2012, with the gallery space transformed to give visitors the opportunity to get up close to some of Michael Jackson’s best-known outfits.

The exhibit will feature dozens of iconic costumes and fashion artefacts. Highlights include the one of the King of Pop’s infamous right-handed crystal covered glove, the complete “Scream” video outfit, a suit from the 1987 Smooth Criminal video and the 30th Anniversary of Madison Square Gardens Show’s illuminated helmet sported by Jackson. Die-hard fans will also recognise a host of costumes from outfits worn to various awards ceremonies, music videos and Jackson’s legendary live performances including the BAD, HIStory, and Dangerous tours.

As the only UK host of the exhibition, Westfield Stratford City joins a list of prestigious venues to have held the collection, including Dublin’s The Museum of Style and Icons and Santiago’s The Museo de la Moda and is the only shopping centre destination in the world to be given the privilege of hosting the internationally acclaimed exhibition.

Myf Ryan, General Manager of Marketing, said: “It is an honour to be the exclusive UK hosts for such a unique exhibition. In our first year, Westfield Stratford City attracted 47 million shoppers and we are increasingly becoming the destination of choice for exclusive events. We look forward to welcoming visitors and fans to get up close and personal with music and fashion history”

Costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush worked closely with Michael Jackson for over 25 years. The collection includes items featured in an illustrated book by Michael Bush entitled “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson” launching in late October this year. Dennis Tompkins sadly passed away December 2011.

Running from the 5th of October until the 4th November, visitors can purchase tickets for £10. Located in The Getty Gallery on the Street, the exhibit will be open seven days a week, from 10am – 9pm, Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturdays and 12pm – 6pm on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at from the 30th September.

The fashion exhibit will continue touring throughout the remaining part of the year and culminate in an exclusive auction of the costumes and wardrobe at Julien’s Auctions, December 2, 2012. Visit for further details.

Darren Julien, President/CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said: ““Thanks to the partnership with Westfield and Getty Images we are excited to bring the highlights of the Tompkins and Bush Collection for fans and collectors in Europe to preview these historic highlights in person prior to the live auction on December 2nd in our Beverly Hills Gallery”.

The collection’s next stop after Westfield Stratford City is the Tokyo Sky Tree Soramachi in Japan.

To find out more about the UK exhibition of Michael Jackson’s wardrobe and other events in east London, visit the Westfield Stratford City website:

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