Did Muammar Gaddafi Influence Michael Jackson's Sense of Style?

Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi (L) attends a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (R) at the Quirinale Palace on June 10, 2009 in Rome, Italy. Colonel Gaddafi is in Rome to attend a meeting of G8 Development Ministers. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Muammar Gaddafi;Giorgio Napolitano (Getty Images)more pics » Did Muammar Gaddafi Influence Michael Jackson's Sense of Style? Muammar al-Gaddafi (Getty Images) It's safe to assume that the Costume Institute at New York's Metropolitan Museum won't be showcasing Libyan dictator Muammar el-Gaddafi's "breathtaking sartorial magnificence" anytime soon. But that doesn't mean Gaddafi's people aren't trying.

This week, the New York Times' Horatio Silva published a letter from an aide to Libyan's Minister for Cultural Affairs on the T Magazine blog. Apparently Mr. Silva was invited on an all expenses paid trip to Tripoli to "peruse" Gaddafi's extensive clothing collection. The aide noted that Gaddafi is concerned about his legacy, and is therefore open to having his fancy finery displayed in a Met Museum retrospective.

Of particular note is the writer's insistence that Gaddafi's "superior dress sense" has influenced some of our greatest pop culture icons:
It is not only African and Arab leaders who have been influenced by his style and substance but many western rock stars and celebrities have also been won over by the Gaddafi look: most notably Michael Jackson in the 1980s copied the signature motif military style of our leader to great chart success on his own terms. Interesting! It's a real shame Michael Jackson isn't around to elaborate on just how much his style was influenced by a flashy Libyan dictator.

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  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
  • Muammar al-Gaddafi in Muammar Gaddafi Meets With PM Berlusconi & Italian President
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