Fashion Fling – Prince Style Sings On

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By Staci Layne Wilson

@StaciWilson

When The Purple One died suddenly on Thursday April 21 at the age of 57, the world was stunned.

Not only had we lost a brilliant musician and pop culture pioneer, we would never know what he would have worn next. It was always something stunning. But the Prince style sings on.

Who will ever forget the headline-grabbing purple tunic he wore to a basketball game last month…

Prince walks onto the court before the Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Prince walks onto the court before the Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

…or how about his internet-breaking passport photo that looks like he’s stepped right out of the pages of GQ?

Prince Style

Prince was a fashion plate who played it close to the vest – as with everything else in his amazing life, he maintained the mystique, and seldom mentioned his clothiers. But we do know he loved lavish and luxe fabrics like velvet, silk, and satin. He preferred patterns and layers, going for paisleys, ruffles and tassels.

But, even when completely nude, he still emanated vogue and style.

Prince Style

Unlike most male rock stars – with the exception of David Bowie – Prince was a sex symbol and an innovator of gender fluidity, who used fashion as a vehicle to reinvent himself and his music to the masses of new and existing fans.

Check out the spangled star in a variety of outfits from the late 1970s right up to 2016:

1978

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Classic 80s

Prince Style

Prince Style

Prince Style

The famous cloud and sky suit he wore only once – for his music video of Raspberry Beret

Prince Style

Of course Prince wore purple to accept his Oscar for the music in his movie Purple Rain.

Prince Style

His look for his hit “When Doves Cry”

Marriage to Mayte Garcia & Wedding Photo – 2/14/2000

Prince Style

Prince Style

Prince Style

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Prince Style

Prince changed his name to the unpronounceable glyph O(+> in 1993 and dropped it in 2000

This was his “look” for that moment in music history

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Aside from his Purple Reign, this was one of Prince’s most iconic styles.

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2016

Prince Style

Prince Style

#RIPPrince

Fashion Fling – Prince Style Sings On

by Staci Layne Wilson

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