Michael Jackson: 9 Costume Secrets You Didn’t Know

Unveiling 9 unknown costume secrets of Michael Jackson. Intriguing insights await! Read more in the article.

Michael Jackson, a picky dresser aiming to stand out, incorporated intricate details in his costumes, leaving everyone curious about their significance. Notably, his jackets often featured an armband on the right sleeve and the embroidery of “777.”

Prepare to be captivated by Michael Jackson’s wardrobe as we unveil these 9 intriguing secrets behind his iconic costumes!

1. Smaller End-of-Show Costumes

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Michael Jackson’s strenuous performances made him lose up to 5 lbs, leading to smaller costumes to showcase his dance moves.

2. Lean Shoes – Michael Jackson Defying Gravity

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The V-shaped clasp on his shoes helped Michael perform the 45-degree forward tilt, requiring incredible core and leg strength.

3. Singular Glove

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Due to vitiligo on his hand, Michael wore one glove to cover it, making his look unique and not too ordinary.

4. Armbands on Michael Jackson’s Right Sleeve


Unique armbands on jackets set Michael’s style apart, leaving fans curious about their significance.

5. Symbolic № 7s on Jackets

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Three № 7s were sewn onto jackets, representing Michael being the 7th child and his birth year, 1958.

6. Unpolished Shoes for a Perfect Michael Jackson Grip

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Michael preferred unpolished shoes as the worn leather gave him the grip needed for his dance routines.

7. White Socks

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Wearing white socks with black shoes attracted attention to his footwork during dances.

8. Michael Jackson’s Famous Finger Tapping

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Taping fingers with white tape added allure, and tapping specific fingers added mystery to his routines.


9. Meaningless “CTE” Letters

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The letters “CTE” on jackets were randomly chosen as they didn’t hold any specific meaning for Michael.

Did you know these details about his costumes? Let us know in the comments!

Written by DADADEL

Adelaida, the founder of Dadadel Creative, boasts a multifaceted background, blending expertise in software engineering, copywriting, and digital marketing. Prior to establishing her agency, she honed her skills as the former Head of the News Department at a regional media outlet, and also amassing 18 years of experience as a host. She has a penchant for sarcasm, a passion for lifestyle topics, and an undeniable love for cats.

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