Michael Jackson was, at least in part, in Atlanta last Thursday. No, Im not talking about some Thriller-esque rising from the grave by the King of Pop. Im talking about MJ's hair, or more specifically a hairpiece designed for the late pop superstar by stylist to the stars Lynda Parrish. The Hands That Touched a King The Exhibition took place at Buckheads Havana Club featuring the hair unit Jackson wore during the announcement of the would-have-been This Is It tour.
Encased in glass and sitting atop an ornate, knight-like piece of armor designed by Atlanta sculptor Charlie Smith, the hair was an artfully eerie reminder of Jacksons legacy and, in some ways, a perfect way to remember the person rumored to have owned oddities such as the Elephant Mans bones.
The invite-only, one-night event (reportedly a second event is in the works) attracted a mix of see-and-be-seen Buckhead clubbers, celebrity gawkers and creatively curious, mingling and dancing to MJ classics and other 80s fare. Aside from unveiling the hairpiece, Parrish also announced the launch of the Lynda Foundation, a charity to aid burn survivors, with tentative plans for a second public exhibition of her other works. Ironic considering Jacksons 1984 pyro-related hair debacle while filming a Pepsi commercial.
(Photo by Brook Hewitt)
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