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“There’s something about him that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s strange, but almost comforting. Like I could tell him anything and it wouldn’t faze him. I sense no judgment from him. Yet, at the same time, he’s hard to read. My instincts tell me he’s a good man. He saved my life, I think I can trust him”.

The Thriller Jacket

‘‘The jacket was designed by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, wife of director John Landis. Landis had also designed Indiana Jones’s jacket in Raiders of the Lost Ark and many others. The candy-apple-red jacket with black strips was noted for its many zips and its “M” logo, with the angular, rigid shoulder work protruding out over the tops of the arms. Landis stated that she designed the jacket to specifically help Jackson appear more “virile”. In the video, Jackson dances in the jacket with zombies.

Christine Gledhill in her book Stardom: Industry of Desire (1991) discusses Jackson’s overall style in Thriller as follows: “In ‘Thriller’, Michael’s outfit and its stylistic features – the wet-look hairstyle, the ankle-cut jeans and the letter ’M’ emblazoned on his jacket – reinforce this meta-textual superimposition of role. If Michael, as the male protagonist, is both boyfriend and star, his female counterpart in the equation of 'romance’ is both the girlfriend and at this meta-textual level, the fans.

Fashion designer Zaldy was responsible for a redesigned version of the jacket for the planned but later cancelled This Is It concerts. It had an imitation of blood on its shoulders, and on the inside a stamp resembling the feline beast Jackson turns into in the video.’’

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Tomb Raider Redskins Jackets

Available around 1999, French company Redskins released 5 Tomb Raider jackets, each one named with a Tomb Raider 1 related title: Tihocan, Natla, Khamoon, Atlantide and Palace. You will notice that each jacket is of a different style and each style is limited to 2000 items worldwide although how they were sold is unknown to us. Each jacket will contain a stitched on fabric patch of authenticity somewhere inside, listing the limited number and jacket type. Modèle Tihocan is a letterman (or Varsity) jacket, Modèle Natla is a leather jacket. Modèle Khamoon is a flying (aviator) jacket whereas the Modèle Atlantide is a bomber jacket and the Modèle Palace is a winter jacket. Each jacket style was available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL.

These are quite difficult to collect for multiple reasons. Firstly, they are limited in number so they rarely appear online for purchase. Secondly, they are expensive to buy due to being a reliable brand, made of real leather/ sheepskin and rarity. Modèle Palace and Tihocan are the hardest of the five to find, and we’ve never seen Tihocan for sale nor in anyone’s collections. Atlantide and Natla are the most common of the five but the selling price of these can still exceed £100 for a decent and well looked after jacket.