Prince was forever reinventing himself. Whether he was called the Purple One, “the artist formerly known as Prince,” his Royal Badness, his many monikers tracked his multiple facets as he pushed boundaries when it came to gender, sexuality and personal freedom. “I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy I can’t even explain it to you,” he told NME in 1996. “You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything.” And what he wore certainly mirrored that feeling.
Like David Bowie, another music icon who died this year, Prince will be remembered for his music, but he will also forever inspire people because of his fashion and style choices. From ruffled collars, to booty-baring pants and, of course, countless purple outfits and high heels, the pop, rock and R&B icon had a wardrobe that inspired many to take risks and find their inner freak. Here, we look at a few of the audacious choices he made over the decades.