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.
Prince is having a moment! Celebrate by taking a look at his best purple fashion moments in our gallery.