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Michael Jackson: The King of Knits

Did you know the diamond-encrusted pop legend was also a sweater-clad autumnal icon?

by Emma Specter
Nov 30 2018, 5:14pm

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The death of Mr. Rogers (RIP) in 2003 left a gaping hole in the famous-man-in-cozy-knit-sweater community, but luckily for us all, the Michael Jackson, man of many talents, is here to fill the void.

When he wasn't moonwalking in the $1.8 million "Thriller" jacket or walking the red carpet with Brooke Shields, M.J. was the proto-Mr. Autumn Man. In honor of his cozy legacy, we've rounded up some of the King of Pop's best knitwear looks. (Note: this roundup elicited some controversy in the GARAGE office as to what, exactly, qualifies as a sweater. For our purposes, a hoodie is a sweater, while something like this remains more of a jacket, despite its seemingly cardigan-like luster.)

Charcoal V-neck, 1979.

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Cable knit over plaid button-down (with casual Paul McCartney cameo), 1983.

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Sparkly crew-neck at the American Music Awards, 1981.

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Plum striped turtleneck, 1972.

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Red Dior cardigan, 1984.


Color-block crewneck, 1971.

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Black turtleneck, 1977.

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Gray hoodie on the Scorsese-directed set of the "Bad" music video, 1987.

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Fuzzy patterned knit at Westlake Studios, 1983.

Michael Jackson At Westlake Studios To Record With Paul McCartney (Photo by Ron Gallela/WireImage)

Flowered sweater vest (it counts!), 1972.

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