Autry National Center

How the West Was Worn by ... Michael Jackson

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GENERAL INFO

Location/Dates:

The Autry in Griffith Park

In the world of style, pop icon Michael Jackson’s willingness to try different patterns and designs made him truly unique. Millions of people around the world saw his elaborate costumes, but very few realized the Western influence in the design. The Autry National Center’s installation shows how Jackson’s use of Western wear evolved over the years, reflecting his ability to use classic Western styles in distinctive ways.

Featured items on display include:

  • Cowboy outfit
  • Western-style belt and buckle
  • Steel cowboy boots
  • Red bib-front shirt with black trim
  • Designers Tompkins/Bush’s original sketch
  • Black 501 Levi’s jeans
  • Black fedora hat
  • Aviator sunglasses
  • Single white glove

This installation is made possible by the generosity of designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. All of the artifacts are from their private collection. The Autry would like to thank them for their generosity and support.

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