By KYLE SMITHROBIN MICHELILISA KAY GREISSINGER and Janine Rubenstein
Updated October 29, 2012 12:00 PM
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>Michael Bush spent 25 years as costume designer to the King of Pop. His book opens Jackson’s closet to the world.

FUN JOB?

I couldn’t wait to get there and I didn’t want to leave. After work we’d stay up for hours acting crazy, throwing water balloons at each other.

HOW IMPORTANT WERE HIS COSTUMES?

As important as the dancing. He’d say, “Help me show the beat.” The white rhinestone socks … the bigger the stadiums, the higher the pants, so people could see his feet move.

DID HE WEAR SEQUINS IN PRIVATE?

He liked cotton pants, oversized corduroy shirts. Clothing didn’t mean anything to him unless it was showtime. Costumes were his way of saying “look but don’t touch.” A cocoon. He was safe in there.

YOU CHOSE THE OUTFIT HE WAS BURIED IN?

La Toya asked me. I said, “Oh God, I don’t think I can do that.” She said, “You would know what he’d want.” I chose his all-time favorite jacket [at right]. He was my friend; it was my duty.