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Prince's Boundary-Pushing Style Over Four Decades on the Stage

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Prince passed today at 57, and our guitars gently weep. And while there are so many parts of him the world will miss, it's his ever-evolving, ever-interesting style that will leave a gaping hole in the fashion world. With his style, he pushed the boundaries of gender, never identifying — verbally or through clothing — as either feminine or masculine. He was an icon, and icons don't have time to check those little boxes.

In an era where stars share stylists and everything about their look is hyper-orchestrated from head to toe, a true visionary stands all the way out. And for Prince, no place was this more clear than on the stage. From his early years in tailored purple suits, pirate shirts, and boas all the way up to his proprietary third-eye sunglasses on Saturday Night Live, he was a true original in every sense. Take a look through the gallery above to revisit four decades' worth of Prince's performances across several oceans and in many, many pairs of tiny pants.