Thriller: Hugo Boss Reissues Michael Jackson's Suit

Thriller: Hugo Boss Reissues Michael Jackson's Suit

On the Man in the Mirror's birthday, we reflect on his enduring sartorial and artistic legacy.

On the Man in the Mirror's birthday, we reflect on his enduring sartorial and artistic legacy.

Photography: Jason Pietra

Text: MATHIAS ROSENZWEIG

This article appears in the pages on V115, our Fall 2018 issue. Head to shop.vmagazine.com to order your copy!

Michael Jackson’s influence on culture transcends his own self-made artistry. Through his unparalleled talent, he pushed our expectations of what a performer could bring to the recording booth or stage. In doing so, he also became an omnipresent muse for other creatives, moonwalking his way into fashion, film, and every imaginable form of modern visual art.

Such is the focus of Michael Jackson: On the Wall, an exhibit by London’s National Portrait Gallery and HUGO BOSS. The show, which opened in June and runs through October 21, spotlights pieces from more than 40 artists who were inspired by the King of Pop. Paintings of Jackson by legends like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring hang alongside photographs by David LaChapelle.

“We discovered artists who had been forgotten about. We found works that had never been seen before,” said show curator Dr. Nicholas Cullinan. “Some of the art was even created just for this occasion. What it attests to is just how many artists feel so strongly about him.”

For HUGO BOSS, there’s a sense of nostalgia in revisiting Jackson’s earlier work. The German luxury fashion house created the legendary white suit seen in the album art for Thriller, released in 1982. To celebrate what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday, HUGO BOSS will release 100 editions of the iconic BOSS suit with a modern twist (seen here), as well as unisex T-shirts.

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