Part of what made the late Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” was his iconic looks and dance moves. Celebrating this, Japanese label A Bathing Ape (BAPE) has assembled a collaborative capsule that commemorates his legacy.
Leading the range, a red and yellow varsity jacket replicates the one spotted in the original music video for Jackson’s mega-hit “Thriller.” The jacket nods to both Jackson and BAPE with thematic graphics joined by embroidery above the left sleeve cuff that denotes its number out of the very-limited run of 50 jackets that have been produced. From there, long-sleeve tees in black and white start with a recreation of the “Smooth Criminal” lean with Jackson and BABY MILO depicted in BAPE’s instantly-recognizable art style while a blue camo hit is located at the right sleeve. The other long-sleeve sees a silhouette of Jackson doing his “Billie Jean” toe stand on top of an APE HEAD. Pivoting to the three short-sleeve tee designs in black and white, the first depicts Jackson in a BAPE camo-covered suit doing the lean with co-branding and a “KING OF POP” hit at the front. Elsewhere, BABY MILO and friends dance with Jackson in his “Thriller” music video outfit while the final tee serves as a tribute with various portraits of Jackson paired with an APE HEAD.
Fans of A Bathing Ape and Michael Jackson can look forward to the six-piece capsule’s release on October 28 via BAPE. Prices are set at ¥9,900 JPY (approx. $66 USD) and ¥12,100 JPY (approx. $81 USD) for the short-sleeve and long-sleeve tees respectively with the numbered varsity jacket coming in at a price of ¥143,000 (approx. $953 USD).
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