Prince Rogers Nelson, born into modest means in Minneapolis in 1958 became the face of a four decade musical and social revolution. Not only in his 57 years did he manage to change the face of modern music but he also influenced and moulded men´s fashion for decades to come.
He was best known for his radical and experimental styles, pushing boundaries within gender, race and the idea of masculinity. ‘The Los Angeles Times’ called him, “our first post-everything pop star, defying easy categories of race, genre and commercial appeal.”
The broadness and subversive nature of his style transformed the bright eyed boy from Minneapolis into a global heart-throb in the world of Rock and Roll. Whether it be in high heels, sequins from head to toe or a psychedelic scarf ensemble, Prince always managed to entice and amaze his audience with his ever evolving wardrobe. His style captured the hearts and minds of millions as he transgressed the confines of modern gender stereotypes and became considered a sex symbol for his androgynous, fluid changes between classic gender roles. During his career, he was surrounded and influenced by iconic artists with a similar passion for artistry in their wardrobes such as David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. Not only this but the star was closely associated with many successful names within the fashion industry such as model Naomi Campbell, photographer Bruce Weber and was hired by the likes of Donatella Versace.
Let’s take a look back at a few of this star’s most iconic outfits over the years:
1988: Performance in Philadelphia
1990: Performing in his hometown Minneapolis
1993: Performing at Radio City Music Hall
1995: Performing on his the Ultimate Live Experience’ Tour in London
2005: Presenting the award for Best Original Song at the 77th Annual Academy Awards
2011: Performing during his “Welcome 2 America” Tour at Madison Square Garden
2015: At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards
Words: Grace Clarke