Los Angeles, California….June 24, 2013…..The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, authored by fashion designer Michael Bush who served as Michael Jackson’s longtime personal designer for 25 years has won the Gold Medal at this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, were designed to bring recognition to the very deserving titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, the awards have been given to authors and publishers around the world since their launch. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,650 entries in national categories, 1,150 in regional entries and 440 e-book entries. The medalists represented 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces and eight countries overseas.
“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”
The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson by Michael Bush is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes and accessories created and worn by Michael Jackson. It has gone on to earn accolades across the board including 4.9 stars out of 5 in Amazon reviews, numerous customer remarks including “this book is a masterpiece” demand for inclusion in special events across the globe. The book includes hundreds of lavish photographs and behind-the-scenes look into the process of collaborating with the world’s most legendary and powerful entertainer of our time. The book also includes personal stories from the author who also was a true friend of Michael Jackson. It is a fascinating look into the world of music and fashion that only Jackson could have created. Fans from around the world have made it a must-have book.
“I am beyond thrilled that the book has won the Gold Medal at the Independent Publishers Book Awards this year,” said author Michael Bush. “Working with Michael Jackson for as long as I did was inspiring, fascinating and remarkable. This award not only honors his memory but his unique and amazing way of influencing fashion to this day.”
The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson won the Gold Medal (top honor) in the Pop Culture/Leisure category of the awards. The book is published by Insight Editions. The book competed against such notable titles as “The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents from the Batcave,” “Who Is The Doctor: The Unofficial Guide to Dr. Who” and “Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations” to name a few.
The book is currently available at www.dressingmichaeljackson.com or wherever popular books are sold across the country. A German edition was launched earlier in the year and in 2014 a Chinese version of the award-winning book will become available across China. For more information go to www.dressingmichaeljackson.com