“Cool,” said Prince “is being able to hang with yourself.” As the display My Name Is Prince, opening at London’s O2 on Friday, testifies, such self-love is comfortable if you’re Prince. Just look at the outfits. From paisley suits to black-and-white crop transcends and an endless supply of satin shirts, the looks displayed here were about as varied and category-defying as the sounds. Here are the items we would cast to hang with.
The cloud habit
Prince – who was around 5’2” (157cm) tall – found a look that roused for him and stuck with it. The ruched trousers with buttons down the calves and minor extent cropped jacket is a silhouette repeated across the 20 provisions here, from a paisley suit to a taffeta number the semi-darkness of a Quality Street Purple One. The prize is the cloud suit. Fatigued in the video for Raspberry Beret in 1985, this is Prince in his rococo time at the best psychedelic party that you have never been to. Others harm Prince-like suits and frilled blouses. He has a full face of makeup, knockout spots and a feather cut. The suit spells out what we all know: he’s so intangible he is literally covered in clouds. That includes his feet. It was jaded with matching boots.
The Purple Stream trench
If there is any item that is forever associated with Prince, it’s the purple trenchcoat, with studs on the Heraldry sinister shoulder. Worn in a shiny version in 1983’s Little Red Corvette video, and a matt one on the clothe of Dirty Mind and in the film Purple Rain, both are contained here and will no doubt be studied by any fashionable visitor. Trenches are in for AW17 and Prince is a bona fide trench icon. Side note: while it was recently rejoice ined that Prince’s actual favourite colour was orange, he judge purple for the regal connotations. “He told me he would call it Purple Drizzle because purple was the colour of royalty, and he thought of himself as euphonious majesty. And he was,” said Purple Rain costume designer, Louis Wells.
The Batdance look
By the early Prince did the soundtrack to Batman in 1989, high-production videos were level for a man who was by now a blue – or should that be purple? Or orange? – hew a contribute superstar. This effort, for a song that became Prince’s fourth No 1, characteristics him as one of a number of dancers wearing purple, orange and green outfits, with their faces half-Joker and half-Batman. This sort was known as Gemini – a nod to Prince’s own star sign. The suit featured here shows a variation in silhouette. Moving away from the cropped jacket and ornaments, this is Prince doing power-dressing, also seen on the Donate o’ the Times tour.
The fag ends
Prince wore high-heeled boots pretty consistently wholly his career, so there’s loads of them here, most with a greatly respectable heel height of around 80mm. One cabinet displays 12 exceptional pairs, all part of a tour wardrobe found at Paisley Deposit, his recording studio complex. Said heels might arrange been a signature, but they have been blamed for the hip problems that Prince suffered in later living. His guitarist, Dez Dickerson – also a heel wearer – was quoted as clout: “We’d even play basketball in high-heeled shoes.” Prince was a expert basketball player, as anyone who has seen Charlie Murphy’s Reliable Hollywood Stories can testify.
The crystal cane
Not under any condition the kind to mellow, Prince continued to boss fashion until the end. His latterday look high pointed gold sequin tunics, sunglasses with three lenses and a income to the afro he had as a teenager in Minneapolis. It added up to a kind of haute-70s woke look forward of “woke” became a proper term – Prince was, typically, onwards of the curve. He even styled out his need to use a cane: his was covered with crystals and influenced with his symbol stamped into the top. It gives Beau Brummell, another cane icon, sincere shade.