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BN Style presents Prince as a Fashion Icon: Highlights of the Legend’s Style and Love for Purple

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Prince, a legendary creative who passed away on Thursday, will be remembered just as much for his style and fashion choices as well  as his imense contribution to music.

Much like David Bowie, Prince was never afraid to be a man and embrace his ‘feminine side’ with his androgynous looks that continue to inspire so many pop stars we’ve seen today like Lady Gaga and Miguel.

With 3-4 inch heels and ruffle peasant blouses, he challenged and stretched the boundaries of gender and masculinity with his red carpet looks and on stage costumes.

The fashion industry also mourns his death most especially one of his close friends Donatella Versace.

In this post today we’ll be showing you a few highlights from the music icon’s fashionable life. From his hair to makeup, clothes and accessories, here are a few memorable stylish moments from the iconic  reign of the Purple Prince.

Hair & Makeup
He was popular for his curly afros in the 80’s and later his pixie cuts.prince iconic style bellanaija april2016_prince-1981 prince iconic style bellanaija april2016_prince-1985

The Prince was hardly without a winged eyeliner and defined brows for his makeup looks

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: arrives the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: arrives the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musician Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Musician Prince speaks onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Clothes
Exaggerated collars, sleeves & cuffs, fluffy peasant shirts, thigh high socks and crop tops or the matching tunic and flared pant ensembles, me always made a statement with his outfits.
Purple Rain
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist Prince performs the song "Purple Rain" at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 8: Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist Prince performs the song “Purple Rain” at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

Little Red Corvette
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 6: Singer Prince (R) and his wife Manuela Testolini backstage at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre, March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Prince;Manuela Testolini

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 6: Singer Prince (R) and his wife Manuela Testolini backstage at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Universal Amphitheatre, March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California.

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A Burst of Colours
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arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.

arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California.

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during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.

during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.

Crop Tops & Fringe
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Monochrome, polka dots and text covered sleeves. Notice Minneapolis on his sleeves, that’s where he was from.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 9: Musician Prince presents the award for "Favorite Leading Lady" onstage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 9: Musician Prince presents the award for “Favorite Leading Lady” onstage during the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California.

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Accessories
His hades, hats, shoes, jewellery and even his guitar made a statement, especially his famous purple guitar in the shape of a sign he once called himself.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the 'Pepsi Halftime Show' at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Prince performs during the ‘Pepsi Halftime Show’ at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Shades

NEW ORLEANS - JULY 2: American musician Prince wears a wig, sunglasses, and a false goatee as a disguise with the opening act of The 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival on July 2, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS – JULY 2: American musician Prince wears a wig, sunglasses, and a false goatee as a disguise with the opening act of The 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival on July 2, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

performs onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 22: Musician Prince speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credits: Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images, Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images, Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images, Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images, Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images, Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images, Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images, Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images, EssenceThe Cut, Refinery29,

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for BellaNaija.com She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

5 Comments

  1. Babs

    April 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

    “Prince was the type of man to wear heels and steal your girl” His confidence and self esteem was out of this world. Creativity and originality at best. My role model!!!!!!!

  2. Cece

    April 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    He is a cool guy! There is a slight facial resemblance between him and Denola Grey.

  3. Tosin

    April 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    costume OTT and fahbulous. <3

  4. Ba

    April 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Truly, I don’t know jack about this guy until this death news. Guess, he belongs to the older generation.
    Rest in peace.

  5. Bennie

    April 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

    He was indeed a fashion Icon. Rest in peace,Amen

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