Michael Jackson: his jacket in leather from Solofra, 10 years after his death

10 years have already passed. On June 25, 2009, millions of fans around the world were crying the King of Pop. The death of Michael Jackson, the undisputed myth of music and dance, left everyone a little incredulous. Also the causes of his death, due to an accidental overdose, were strange, a circumstance for which his personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, was then sentenced to 4 years for involuntary homicide. Beyond mourning, the icon of style remains immortal, a true model for many artists and performers.

In love with leather

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Jacko’s death, one cannot fail to remember his love for leather and the curious story of the red nappa jacket he wore for the famous Thriller video in 1982. The red jacket with black stripes was made with leather produced by a tannery in Solofra. “I  still remember – said a chemist who took care of the leathers of that jacket (on Irpinia news) – that at first the jacket, already packed, was sent back to us because, when ironed, red and black overlapped. So we had to make several attempts before we could fix the colours better. We didn’t know Jackson would wear it, we only found out when the video came out. From that moment the orders multiplied and other tanneries were involved to be able to dispose of the orders”. In 2011, the red jacket was auctioned for 1.8 million dollars. Jackson was a true experimenter in fashion: the same scarlet garment was designed to contain 11,000 light bulbs that lit up to the rhythm of music.

Photo from the official Facebook account dedicated to Michael Jackson


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