Time goes by so fast… It’s been two years since Prince has passed away, and his fashion legacy lives on.
The world will always remember the legendary artist, who wasn’t afraid to express himself through his music and fashion, his classic hits that went down in music history, nor his extravagant style that left an undeniably strong impact on the fashion industry. Ever the showman, he nourished a one-of-a-kind image, that was a crucial facet of his creative output.
From head-to-toe sequined ensembles to spectacular bespoke stage costumes with signature ruffled shirts and his well-known affection to purple, Prince’s outfits became as legendary as his music.
There was no fashion risk Prince was unwilling to take, always pushing the boundaries little further. Beside his signature OTT looks, and out-of-this-world sunglasses, he will always be remembered as the guy who maneuvered better in high heels than most women do.
Prince’s iconic shoes were tailor made in a 60-year-old cobbler shop Andre No. 1 on Sunset Boulevard. Over the years, this shop provided the super star with around 3000 pairs of exclusive, handcrafted heels!
The enduring fashion icon didn’t have a stylist. All of his outrageous outfits were envisioned by Prince himself and brought to life with a assistance of proficient seamstresses and tailors. But, there was also enough room in Prince’s closet reserved for the handpicked show-stopping pieces from his favorite luxury fashion houses, including high-octane glam Versace and Balmain.
“Nobody has married music and fashion as Prince did with Versace.”– said Donatella Versace in her emotional message two years ago when her dear friend passed away. The relationship between Prince and Versace Maison dates back to the nineties, when Gianni was still alive. In 1996, the legendary performer was the star of Versace campaign lensed by Richard Avedon and his music was part of Versace fashion shows since 1995. Just a few months before he passed away, Prince sent a batch of songs to Donatella, who said Prince didn’t just influenced her work, but his creative, fierce and extraordinary personality epitomized everything Versace stands for. She played them at her SS17 menswear show.
There is no doubt that the fashion legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson will live forever. He served as an inspiration for many designers when he was alive, and his influence on the runways continues.
What brands or shows pop into your mind when we say Prince? Gucci? Dolce & Gabbana? Balmain Purple Rain-inspired FW10 collection? Or?
Head to Vogue to see some of the legendary outfits from Prince’s fashion archives.