Prince's 16 Most Iconic Purple Outfits
In 1984 Prince was the most popular man in America. The reason? Purple Rain, his groundbreaking, genre-blurring, genius sixth album landed in stores. The massive seller acted as a soundtrack to a rock musical drama film of the same name, which hit theaters a month after the No. 1 record came out.
Even now, 30 years after Purple Rain’s release, Prince is still as hot as ever. With a recent guest appearance on Fox's New Girl with Zooey Deschanel (InStyle’s August cover star), his touring trio 3rd Eye Girl, a much-anticipated solo album in the works, and his upcoming headlining performance at the 2014 Essence Festival on July 4 in New Orleans, Lousiana, the star has proven that he's not done creating and is here to stay for years to come. "A real musician is always in creative mode," Prince told Essence in their June issue.
While Prince was huge in the 1980s, he's still a power player in today's pop culture scene. When it comes to his style, there's never any chance of mistaking the legend that is Prince. Fondly known as "The Purple One" (among other nicknames), largely due to the amount of violet-hued items in his wardrobe, the color has become a signature for the artist. In honor of the singer, we rounded up 15 of his best purple fashion moments throughout the years for your enjoyment.
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March 5, 2014
Prince wore a deep shade of his signature hue for an appearance and rocking performance on The Arsenio Hall Show.
December 29, 2010
Prince rocked a ruffled purple shirt and black beaded collar during his Welcome 2 America tour stop in New York's Madison Square Garden.
June 27, 2006
Prince performed onstage at the 2006 BET Awards in a stylish grape-colored ensemble.
May 24, 2006
For a performance on the American Idol Season 5 finale, Prince donned a suit in a muted version of his signature hue.
July 2, 2004
At the 10th anniversary Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the artist wore a black ensemble with purple accents, crazy shades, and a wig.
February 27, 2005
The Purple One presented the awards for "Best Original Song" during the 77th Annual Academy Awards in a snazzy amethyst suit jacket, which he paired with a white shirt, pants, and pocket square.
February 8, 2004
Prince performed his classic song "Purple Rain" at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in a full-on purple ensemble, including a matching guitar.
February 8, 2004
At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Prince gave an electric performance onstage clothed in purple alongside Beyoncé.
April 19, 1997
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince donned a revealing, lacy violet-hued outfit during a performance at the San Jose State Event Center.
July 1, 1990
The singer performed at Wembley Arena in London in a body-hugging grape-hued ensembles that featured embellishments with his the male and female symbols combined.
January 1, 1990
Prince showed off his favorite hue in the form of a sparkling sequin hoodie.
March 1, 1985
Prince excited the crowd during one of the stops on his Purple Rain Tour wearing a purple sequined jacket and vibrant floral trousers.
February 1, 1985
For his epic Purple Rain Tour, Prince rocked a pair of purple velvet pants adorned with flowers.
November 28, 1984
The star embodied his nickname "The Purple One" in this dazzling violet look from Purple Rain Tour.
July 26, 1984
For the premiere of the film Purple Rain at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Prince chose a metallic plum jacket and white ruffled shirt.
June 7, 1984
The Purple One celebrated his birthday and the release of his Purple Rain album in Minneapolis, Minnesota wearing a patterned, halter neck lavender jumpsuit.