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NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) – A book about singer Michael Jackson’s fashion style, written by his personal assistant and designer of 25 years, won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the group said on Monday.
“The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson,” by Michael Bush won the top honor in the Pop Culture/Lifestyle category.
Bush said he was “beyond thrilled” about the award, adding that it not only honors the singer’s memory “but his unique and amazing way of influencing fashion to this day.”
From military outfits and regalia to jewel-encrusted gloves, fedora hats and intricately beaded outfits, Bush’s book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the superstar and the development of his signature style until the pop star’s death in 2009.
“The clothes had to work around the way he was performing,” Bush told Reuters in an interview when the book was published last year. “He wanted his outfits, or his costumes, to be as entertaining on a hanger as they were on him. It was an added layer of refinement and detail that he was projecting to his audience.”
Organizers of the awards, which were launched in 1996 to recognize independent authors and publishers, said there were 3,650 entries in the national categories.
Jim Barnes, the awards director, said the number of independent publishers is growing along with the quality of their work.
“One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses,” he said in a statement. “This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and nine came from museums.” (Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Bill Trott)
Michael Jackson Style Evolution
CIRCA 1968: R&B quintet ‘Jackson 5’ pose for a portrait in circa 1968. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1970: Pop singer Michael Jackson of the R&B quintet ‘Jackson 5’ performs onstage in circa 1970. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1970: Pop singer Michael Jackson of the R&B quintet ‘Jackson 5’ poses for a portrait in circa 1970. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
DECEMBER 1971: Pop singer Michael Jackson of the R&B quintet ‘Jackson 5’ performs onstage wearing a bright patterned shirt in December 1971. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – JUNE 1971: Pop singer Michael Jackson of the R&B quintet ‘Jackson 5’ poses for a portrait wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt in circa 1971. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES – APRIL 20: Michael Jackson poses for a photo shoot at his Hollywood Hills home on April 20, 1972 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five, portrait, London, November 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) on stage with the Jackson Five at the Inglewood Forum in California, 26th August 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) posing in New York in 1974. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
JAMAICA – MARCH 01: Photo of Michael JACKSON and JACKSON FIVE; Posed group portrait, full length L-R Tito, Jackie, Michael, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 7: Pop singer Michael Jackson poses for a portrait session at home on September 7, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1979: Pop singer Michael Jackson attends an event wearing a sequined shirt and a bow tie in 1979. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 3: Michael Jackson performing on stage with The Jacksons on their Destiny Tour at the Municipal Auditorium on October 3,1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
American pop singer Michael Jackson carries the two American Music Awards he won for his album ‘Off the Wall,’ they are for Favorite Male Vocalist – Soul and R&B, and Favorite Album – Soul and R&B, Los Angeles, January 30, 1981. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Getty Images)
1983: Portrait of American pop star Michael Jackson wearing a red leather jacket at the opening of the stage musical, ‘Dream Girls,’ Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
LONDON -1983 : Michael Jackson at the BPI awards to collect an award on behalf of Barbra Streisand held in London 1983.(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
1984: Pop Star Michael Jackson performs onstage in 1984. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
11th Annual American Music Awards–Michael Jackson (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The 14th Annual American Music Awards–Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
MN – 1988: Pop singer Michael Jackson performs onstage during his ‘Bad World Tour’ in 1988. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
The 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards–Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Michael Jackson is Honored With Hollywood Walk of Fame
(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 10: Michael Jackson performs on stage during is ‘HIStory’ world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
“Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor: A Celebration of Life”
SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 5: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) claps his hands after American pop-icon Michael Jackson was given a lifetime achievement award during the Kora All Africa music awards in Sun City some 120 km northeast of Johannesburg , 04 September 1999. (Photo credit should read ADIL BRADLOW/AFP/Getty Images)
The 16th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Michael Jackson Tribute Celebrating 30th Anniversary of His Solo Years
The 3rd Annual BET Awards -Michael Jackson presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to James Brown (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage for BET Entertainment)
WASHINGTON – MARCH 31: Singer Michael Jackson waves to fans after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on March 31, 2004 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA – JUNE 3: Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives fo closing arguements in his child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson during MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2006 – Press Room at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Nathan Shanahan/FilmMagic)
LONDON – MARCH 05: Michael Jackson announces plans for Summer residency at the O2 Arena at a press conference held at the O2 Arena on March 5, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)