Prince: 1958 – 2016

Posted on April 21, 2016

150938, Legendary performer Prince has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning. Paisley Park, Minnesota - Thursday April 21, 2016. ORIGINAL CAPTION: PRINCE PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE /- *** HIGHER RATES APPLY *** USA ONLY Photograph: © Photoshot, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office: +1 310.822.0419 UK Office: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

Man, 2016 can go fuck itself. Between Bowie and this, we’re beside ourselves not only for the cultural loss and the loss of an artist, but also the loss of a style icon, who had an enormous effect on an entire generation (or two) of pop singers and whose most iconic looks define an era.

 

150938, Legendary performer Prince has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning. Paisley Park, Minnesota - Thursday April 21, 2016. ORIGINAL CAPTION: PRINCE PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE /URW- USA ONLY Photograph: © Photoshot, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office: +1 310.822.0419 UK Office: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

When we think of Prince’s style, as we do with other iconic pop stars like Bowie and Michael Jackson, we tend to think of one particular period in a long career. In his case, when we think of Prince, we think of his Purple Rain era, in which his look was a melange of post-punk Edwardian-infused New Romanticism crossed with hippy dippy Hendrix-evocative grooviness and shot through with a Sly and the Family Stone style of sexy funkiness. It was all purely Prince and yet somehow also entirely of its era.

 

150938, Legendary performer Prince has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning. Paisley Park, Minnesota - Thursday April 21, 2016. ORIGINAL CAPTION: PRINCE PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE/- USA ONLY Photograph: © Photoshot, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office: +1 310.822.0419 UK Office: +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

But when we think of Prince’s style – as we think of Prince’s music – we shouldn’t restrict ourselves to one era when we remember him.

 

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)

The fact is, his look evolved constantly over the decades.

 

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)

But there was always a through-line that defined his sense of style and thus revealed his sense of self: a languorous, almost mystical sensuality coupled with a vaguely enticing yet somehow undeniably heterosexual androgyny.

 

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)

With him and Bowie both leaving this mortal coil so close to each other, we’re struck by how colorless the world of pop music seems in comparison; how hung up it is on gender norms and conformity. We lost more than a musical artist today.

 

 

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