When Did Michael Jackson Start Wearing a Single White Glove?

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Pop musician Michael Jackson went through a few fashion phases during his career, but one of the most iconic single pieces of clothing that is associated with the entertainer is the single white or rhinestone-studded glove. Jackson first got the idea to wear a single glove in the early 1980s after watching a film editor handle analog film. At the time, film editors would typically wear a white glove on the hand holding the filmstrip in order to avoid smudging or otherwise damaging the film.

According to John Kehe, who worked in the music division at an unnamed film production company in Hollywood in 1980, he was leading Michael Jackson on a tour of the production company offices when they came across a film editing booth. Jackson saw the editor wearing a single white glove on one hand and was apparently very interested in this practice. There was a box of spare gloves in the editing office, and Jackson asked if he could have one. That, apparently, is how he came to wear one of his most iconic looks, which first appeared on television at the Motown 25th anniversary special in 1983.