Requiescat in Pace: Michael Jackson

As fans, friends, and family gather in Los Angeles today for one final Michael Jackson spectacle, Counterfeit Chic takes a moment to remember not only the Prince of Pop's music and style but also his functional fashion innovation.  Michael is one of three co-inventors who received U.S. patent no. 5,255,452 for a "method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion" used in his live performances of "Smooth Criminal."  In the words of the abstract, the patent covers:

A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface.  The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer's foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.

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Perhaps not poetry on paper, but certainly poetry in motion -- which is as much as one can ask of a patent, or a pop star.

Via UnBeige.  


UPDATE:  The 8-page program handed out at the memorial service includes photos and quotes from those who knew Michael, including Tito, who notes, "My brother developed a shoe that showed resistance to gravity. What a man!"  Via the New York Times live blog of the event.