Today, June 7th, 2018, would have been American pop star’s, Prince, 60th birthday. Prince’s passing in 2016 devastated the country, but his royal purple legacy lives on.
The American singer-songwriter forever transformed the traditional gender norms with his fashion choices. From ruffled blouses and heeled boots, Prince was challenging gender norms by performing in clothing that is distinctively more feminine than his predecessors. His performances and costumes reflected a sense of gender fluidity and his widespread popularity reinforced acceptance of people of all genders.
On the cover of his album, Lovesexy, he posed completely naked while sitting on a bed of purple and white flowers. His hands were covering his nipples and his legs were bent and tucked into his body as if he was trying to cover his nakedness. This type pose is often associated with nude women covering their breasts and exaggerating their long legs. Although the album was one of his less popular pieces, the cover caused controversy as stores refused to display the cover. In 1991, Prince attended the VMAs in a backless yellow jumpsuit on the red carpet. The cutouts in the suit exposed his whole bottom and he performed in this suit in front of a crowd of celebrities as well as on national television.
Prince was fond of his loudly printed tailored suits and anything that screamed glamour and opulence. He influenced fashion moguls like Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, all of whom took to social media to mourn his passing and honor his legacy as one of the most creative minds in history. He broke boundaries in music and fashion and left a lasting influence in pop culture.