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The poster image for the 1984 movie ‘Purple Rain,’ featuring Prince in arguably his most memorable look

Purple Rain’s soundtrack proved to be just as iconic as the film itself, winning Prince an Oscar in 1985 for Best Original Song Score, Best Soundtrack at the Brit awards, and a Grammy for Best Album Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special. But besides the music, this image of Prince perched on a motorcycle in all his purple glory will remain forever etched in our memories. The look, which included a pair of pants with an asymmetric fly, a ruffled white shirt, and a long purple coat with chain mail on one shoulder, was created by Louis Well and Terry Vaughn, who also designed costumes for Earth, Wind and Fire.

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We Celebrate Prince’s Life With His Most Iconic Looks

The Associated Press has confirmed that legendary musician Prince has died at Paisley Park, his home in Chanhassen, Minn. Although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, Prince’s representatives stated earlier this month that the 57-year-old artist was battling the flu, and he was hospitalized in Illinois on April 7 after canceling two concerts.

The world loses a true artist and musical genius in Prince, whose melding of funk, rock, and R&B influenced a generation of musicians and all but birthed the neo-soul genre. He’s one of the bestselling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. There are few people under the age of 50 who don’t have a favorite Prince jam.

His style, like his music, was a fearless mix. His outlandish, androgynous fashion was totally unique and unbeholden to traditional views of masculinity. He was the sexiest man in pumps you’ve ever seen, and a rock star, composer, and lyricist like no other. He will be deeply missed by the world.

Ahead, we pay tribute to some of the Purple One’s most iconic looks. Viva Prince!

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