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April 22, 2016

Remembering a Fashion Icon – A Look Back at 20 Prince's Best Fashion Moments in the 1980s and 1990s

Beloved musician Prince has died, and fans across the globe are mourning the loss of a legend. In addition to his music, Prince was known for being a fashion icon whose wardrobe, both on- and offstage, was always extravagant, usually glittery, and very often purple. In honor of a star whose style was as thrilling as his art, here are some of Prince’s best looks during the 1980s and 1990s.

1981

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Never one to be timid, a "Dirty Mind"-era Prince performed in a sleeveless tee, a bandana, thigh-highs and black underwear at the Los Angeles' Flipper's Roller Disco Boogie Lounge in March 1981.


1985

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Intently playing his guitar, Prince rocked a fierce two-piece suit, decorated with swirls of raspberry and purple on stage in 1985, around the time his album Around the World in a Day hit shelves.


1985

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In a high-collared, ruffled white shirt, pearl-studded pastel jacket (and plenty of pink feathers), curly-haired Purple Rain-era Prince reigned on stage.


1985

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Prince sported a white lace two-piece outfit while letting loose in performance at California's Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985.


1985

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Reveling in asymmetry, Prince sported a black lace half-sleeve on his right arm and lets his left roam free while he performs at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985 in high-waisted black pants with a shining decorative belt, and most of his torso bared to the audience.


1986

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With his hair cropped shorter, Prince wowed an L.A. crowd in a sleeveless shirt that bared his abs and matching skin-tight, button-dotted pants in 1986, -- the same year his Parade album brought Hot 100 No. 1 single "Kiss" to fans' ears.


1986

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A bit more reserved than usual, Prince wore a debonair light suit and tie on London's Wembley Arena on Aug. 14, 1986.


1986

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A costume change at that same 1986 Wembley performance revealed that it was only a matter of time before Prince showed some more skin. Here he wore the black variant of the sleeveless torso-baring shirt and matching button-lined pants that we'd seen before.


1988

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Prince always had a way of spicing up what could have been a mundane outfit. Instead a simple black shirt and white tailored pants, Prince took it a step further in contrasting polka dots as he performed in Philadelphia on October 18, 1988, a few months after releasing the album Lovesexy.


1990

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In high-waisted white pants, with no shirt and a barely-there black vest, Prince let the wind breeze through his long hair onstage in 1990.


1991

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A bearded Prince wore a gold two-piece outfit with a matching guitar to the MTV Video Music Awards on September 5, 1991. Viewers of the show got an unexpected eyeful when Prince turned tail and revealed the outfit's ass-less pants to the cameras.


1992

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Singing in London on June 16, 1992, the year he changed his name to a symbol, a lightly-bearded Prince again turns to gold -- in this case a gold, form-fitting outfit with purple embellishments.


1993

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Prince rocked a pajama-like green-and-blue striped suit with a few gold chains dangling from his neck, a megaphone, and shades completing the look in 1993.


1993

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Also in 1993, Prince wore a torso-bearing blue and red rocks a pajama-like green and blue stripped suit with a few gold chains dangling from his neck, a megaphone, and shades completing the look.


1993

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In a police cap adorned with face-obscuring chains -- and singing into a gun-shaped microphone -- Prince performs at that same Radio City show in New York.


1994

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In a low-dropping V-neck white shirt and matching pants, Prince and his cane stroll into a VH1 performance on Sept. 3, 1994 in London.


1997

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Wearing a short haircut, with some of the ends of his locks dyed, Prince sports a big loose white jacket and a purple lace two-piece outfit at the San Jose State Event Center in San Jose, California on April 19, 1997.


1998

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Shades, a big coat and a checkered white shirt comprise the look Prince wears in 1998 in New York City, the year he released his "Crystal Ball" box set.


1998

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The artist stuns in a red ruffled two-piece sprayed with gold onstage in Paris in August 1998.


1999

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In blue leather and beaded braids, Prince hits the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York in September 1999.

(via Billboard)

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