The Jacksons wanted something outstanding to wear for the show. Jermaine (Jackson) recommended me even when other famous designers were already being considered, a few of whom have associated with the Jackson family in the past. But finally the brothers reached a consensus after seeing my sketches and ideas, and I was finalised,” says designer Rajesh Aiya.
The Mumbai-based couturier has designed the outfits for Michael Jackson’s brothers Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie. The quartet, which sings under the title The Jacksons, is touring the US as part of the much-publicised Unity Tour. It is also the brothers’ first concert in the last three decades.
Aiya had designed outfits for The Jackson’ Staples Center, LA show held on June 30 and will do so for the forthcoming concerts in New York City and New Jersey as well. “I visited the show on June 30. I was the Jacksons’ official guest and was put up at their home. They really treated me like family. I was completely humbled by their attention and respect,” says Aiya.
The designer’s clout with the Jacksons comes due to the fact that he has been making clothes for Jermaine for the last four years. He says, “I have been designing for Jermaine since 2009 on a regular basis for his red carpet events and black tie dinners held around the world. The Jacksons’ have a long itinerary of appearances almost every day. Sometimes they change outfits more than a few times a day. So that makes it a lot of clothes throughout the year.”
Aiya claims to have designed jackets, long overcoats, trench coats, shirts, tees and trousers for Jermaine. For the ongoing tour, Aiya has designed a jacket inspired by a military uniform for Tito. Jackie will wear a matador-style jacket with hand embroidery. And Marlon has white and blue jackets with piping in contrast colours and embroidery on the sleeve ends and shirts embellished with stones with arm bands to match.