Frills, Lace, and Lots of Purple: An Online Auction Highlights Prince’s Evolving Pop Style
Bidding is now open on clothing and ephemera from the “Purple Rain” tour and film and other peak eras of Prince.
There was certainly no dearth of lace at the preview for RR Auction’s “The Fashion of Prince” sale on November 7. The revealing fabric was a particular favorite of the pop icon and was there in abundance, in masks, dainty handkerchiefs, detached sleeves, opera gloves, and a custom midriff Mao-collared top. All items were suitably displayed upon swaths of purple velvet, of course.
The auction traces Prince’s evolving style from the 1980s swashbuckling romantic of Purple Rain to his ’90s sleek sex bomb period when he ditched his name for a symbol. The four-hour preview was held at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. The crowd amassed as the soundtrack shifted between Prince cuts like “I Would Die 4 U” and “Kiss.” Attendees included Eric Shiner, Andres Serrano, Adam McEwen, Grace Wales Bonner, and Rosario Dawson.
They perused items like Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon white, double-breasted cashmere overcoat and various frilly and pirate-approved pieces of Purple Rain-era stagewear. A particularly killer lot is the jaunty S&M motorcycle cap with gold chains dangling from the bill—he wore this particular one to perform onstage and its akin to the one he made famous in the “My Name is Prince” video. The pieces have been culled from various collectors and originally sourced from inner circle members like his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, and his ex-assistant of a decade.
Despite its title, the auction also includes items beyond the sartorial. Also on offer are master tapes of Batman and Diamonds and Pearls, backstage passes, photos, video storyboards, and various ephemera.
Online bidding for the auction closes November 16 at 7 p.m. EST.
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