The little known fact behind *that* iconic Michael Jackson outfit

Who didn’t grow up listening to that Michael Jackson Thriller album on repeat? But while you may know all the lyrics to Thriller and Pretty Young Thing by heart, there’s a little known fact you probably didn’t know about the cover itself.

The iconic white suit which epitomised 80s style so perfectly, almost didn’t happen, because MJ was originally going to wear something else. When none of the looks the stylist had on set that day worked, he actually spotted the Hugo Boss suit the photographer, Dick Zimmerman, was wearing and pointed out it would be perfect.

So Zimmerman and MJ swapped clothes for the shoot, and the rest as they say is history.

This fact was revealed thanks to a new exhibition which has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery. Michael Jackson: On The Wall, sponsored by HUGO BOSS, which runs until 21st October 2018, coincides with what would’ve been MJ’s 60th birthday (on 29th August).

Photo: David LaChapelle

The exhibition looks at the influence Michael Jackson had on many contemporary artists such David LaChapelle, and for the first time ever showcases the works of over 40 artists together in one place.

Tickets cost from £15.50 and you can book here.

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