On April 21, 2016, people worldwide mourned the death of one of the most iconic musicians, Prince. For what seems like the majority of his 35-year music career, Prince essentially blurred fashion lines between male and female with his daily garb.
Not only was he a music icon, but he was also a fashion icon to many. He is remembered as wearing “Victorian peasant blouses, sequins, and a seemingly bottomless pool of purple, to cull a distinct rock god look” that inspired many to break the same fashion boundaries. Though these looks are not traditionally seen on men, they inspired other musicians such as Kanye West.
He also wore a variety of hairstyles that could be for either a man or woman. Prince notably once sang “I’m not a woman, I’m not a man/I am something that you’ll never understand,” which emphasizes music and fashion need no gender; and if it does, he does not care to pick a side. To say the least, it seemed there was no fashion trend that Prince wouldn’t shy away from.
The way that Prince dressed and presented himself in the public eye was initially a bold move in the beginning of his career. Although Prince gave off a care free vibe for the duration of his career, his choices created a personal image unlike many other musicians and icons for the past three and a half decades. From a PR standpoint, Prince is an inspiring example of good personal branding because he was successful in how he presented himself by showing off his uniqueness.
While the world continues to grieve over the death of Prince, he will forever live on through “Purple Rain” and his undeniably good sense of fashion. I have no doubt that his memory will continue to inspire for years to come.