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The unique style of Prince

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Celebrating a legend who revolutionised rock fashion.

The world is reeling from the death of yet another pop star, with Prince passing away earlier today at the age of 57.

While the cause of death is not known, what is beyond doubt is that the legacy of his nearly 40-year career will endure forever.

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But the multi-instrumental genius who gave us the likes of Kiss, When Doves Cry, 1999 and Sign Of The Times was more than just one of the most talented singers and musicians the world has ever seen.

Ever since he burst into the public consciousness in the early 1980s, he also carved out his unique style through fashion choices that were colourful, playful and defied gender expectations.

Three decades ago, when Purple Rain hit stereos and cinemas, he’d take to the stage in ruffles, pearls, pastels and feathers. But he never conformed to expectations, so audiences expecting to see him in trademark purple finery, might instead get him in a multi-coloured two-piece suit or even one made from white lace.

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Then there were the crop tops, the skin-tight pants, the polka-dot or satin striped suits and the high-waisted trousers worn with nothing else. Whether it was blue leather at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards or a red fedora and pin-striped suit at 2004’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Prince was as original with every great look as he was with every guitar lick.

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He’ll be sorely missed.

Wear a raspberry beret for the man today.