STYLE & BEAUTY
04/21/2016 02:35 pm ET Updated Apr 21, 2016

A Look Back At Prince's Unfiltered And Unapologetic Style

The icon's style can be summed up as often imitated, never duplicated.

Dearly beloved, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Prince.

Many of us first became enamored with the music legend when we watched the film “Purple Rain.” Wearing frilly lace tops, hip-hugging bell-bottoms and loads of black eyeliner, Prince poured as much passion into his style as he did into his records.

Prince, or The Purple One as he was affectionately known, inspired a legion of musicians and fans with his funky melodies and fashions. You can see remnants of his gender-blurring style today in stars like Lenny Kravitz, Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams, Andre 3000 and D'Angelo. And we'd be remiss if we didn't give Prince props for his contributions to the #naturalhairmovement when he ditched his pin-straight strands for a glorious Afro.

In memory of Prince's unfiltered and unapologetic style, we've pulled together a photo retrospective of his most iconic fashion moments. Share your fond memories of the late entertainer in the comments section below.

  • Circa 1980s
    Performing on stage.
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    Performing on stage.
  • 1980
    Performing at the Bottom Line in New York City.
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    Performing at the Bottom Line in New York City.
  • 1981
    Performing on stage at Flipper's Roller Disco Boogie Lounge in Los Angeles, California. 
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    Performing on stage at Flipper's Roller Disco Boogie Lounge in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1983
    Performing on the "Solid Gold" TV show.
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    Performing on the "Solid Gold" TV show.
  • 1981
    Performing during the Dirty Mind tour. 
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    Performing during the Dirty Mind tour. 
  • 1984
    Performing in Chicago.
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    Performing in Chicago.
  • Circa 1984
    During The Purple Rain tour.
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    During The Purple Rain tour.
  • Circa 1980s
    Photo shoot in The Netherlands.
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    Photo shoot in The Netherlands.
  • 1985
    Performing on stage during a concert. 
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    Performing on stage during a concert. 
  • 1986
    Performing at Wembley Arena.
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    Performing at Wembley Arena.
  • 1988
    Performing on stage on the Lovesexy Tour.
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    Performing on stage on the Lovesexy Tour.
  • 1990
    Performing on stage during the Nude Tour.
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    Performing on stage during the Nude Tour.
  • 1993
    Performing at Radio City in New York City.
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    Performing at Radio City in New York City.
  • 1995
    On stage wearing "Slave" tattoo in London, United Kingdom.
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    On stage wearing "Slave" tattoo in London, United Kingdom.
  • 1998
    Performing on stage at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands.
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    Performing on stage at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • 2000
    During a press conference in New York City.\
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    During a press conference in New York City.\
  • 2001
    Performing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
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    Performing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
  • 2004
    Attending the Tiger Jam VII in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    Attending the Tiger Jam VII in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2004
    Performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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    Performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
  • 2004
    Performing at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.
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    Performing at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.
  • 2005
    On stage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards.
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    On stage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards.
  • 2007
    Performing during the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards.
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    Performing during the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards.
  • 2007
    At the Bourne Ultimatum UK film premiere in London, England.
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    At the Bourne Ultimatum UK film premiere in London, England.
  • 2009
    Performing at the Grand Palais in Paris. 
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    Performing at the Grand Palais in Paris. 
  • 2009
    Performing during the "One Night... Three Venues" in Los Angeles, California.
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    Performing during the "One Night... Three Venues" in Los Angeles, California.
  • 2010
    Performing during the "Welcome 2 America" tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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    Performing during the "Welcome 2 America" tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 2011
    Onstage at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California.
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    Onstage at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California.
  • 2012
    Performing onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
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    Performing onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
  • 2013
    Performing onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
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    Performing onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
  • 2013
    Onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
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    Onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
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