Silver shirt worn by Michael Jackson during the 1987 Bad World Tour

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Designed by
Whitten, Bill, American, 1944 - 2006
Worn by
Michael Jackson, American, 1958 - 2009
Medium
spandex, synthetic satin, and cotton canvas, with metal embellishments and fasteners
Dimensions
H x W x D (flat): 30 7/8 × 27 × 1 5/8 in. (78.4 × 68.6 × 4.1 cm)
Type
shirts
Date
1987
Description
A silver spandex shirt with black details worn by Michael Jackson on the first leg of the Bad World Tour in 1987. The long-sleeved shirt has an asymmetrical front zipper closure that begins at the proper right side and crosses up to the proper left side neck. One (1) large metal snap is sewn at the proper right side waist below the zipper for further securing the shirt at the waist. The turned collar of the shirt is made from a black canvas, with one (1) large metal snap at the proper left side shoulder and one (1) small metal snap at the proper left front neck for securing the zippered cross-over front closure. The front closure and the neck below the collar are trimmed in a wide band of black satin with large circular silver metal grommets with black centers attached in a row down the center of the satin strip. A panel of black spandex is sewn along the center back waist of the shirt, reaching under the torso to the front center waist and attaching with three (3) large black hook-and-eyes. A white fabric label with black printed text reading "MICHAEL JACKSON" is sewn at the interior proper right back neck. Another label was previously removed from the interior proper left back neck. The shirt is not lined, but the satin panels with grommets are backed in black canvas.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Costume
Costume design
Popular music
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.118.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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