Music Star Stylists & Designers on Prince's Enduring Influence: 'He Deeply Understood Beauty'

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Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985 in Inglewood, Calif. 

Prince’s loss continues to be felt deeply by music-makers and their stylists alike. More than just a legendary musician, Prince was also known for his iconic -- and iconoclastic -- manner of dressing both on- and offstage.

Stylists and designers for Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys talked exclusively with Billboard about the ways his artistic legacy will continue to inspire after his death.

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Costume designer and Madonna’s stylist Arianne Phillips:
Prince was a unique, one-of-a-kind, self-styled visionary genius whose style was an organic extension of his music. His ability to maintain creative autonomy in a world of branding and corporate giants was no less than awe-inspiring. Our culture and our hearts will forever be imprinted by his royal purple world. Doves are crying. Thank you for your magic -- you were a Prince and a king.

Miley Cyrus’ stylist Simone Harouche:
Prince is an artistic icon. He was known for not only his music, but also for his individual style -- which was truly unique and definitely his own. So much of the struggle in current pop culture and music is finding your own style and being true to your aesthetic. Prince was always himself and his style never wavered. He left an indelible mark on music and pop culture. He will be missed.

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Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren:
I admired Prince because he was a nonconformist. He was artistic, expressive and free while remaining totally composed and elegant. It felt like he deeply understood beauty, an ideal that I have always chased, and through listening to his music, I felt more connected to it. He always inspired me because his words felt true. He is and always will be an icon, and I will always carry his message with me. I hope we all will.

Designer Christian Siriano:
I think we are losing a true fashion icon -- someone who took risks, had fun with fashion and was a true artist to the core. No matter what was happening in pop culture, he was honest and true to what he believed in. That inspired so many and will continue to do so forever.

Cynthia Sakai of Vita Fede:
Prince walked to the beat of his own drum and was, at times, scrutinized by the media because of his individuality. Purple Rain received many negative reviews when it was initially released, but it didn’t bring his music or image to a halt. He will remain a cultural and style icon in our eyes, and will continue to inspire me to design away from the norm by utilizing ideas that come straight from my heart and soul. Prince’s free-spirited eclectic sound and pioneering take on the world should be an inspiration to all of us; he’s a solid reminder to strive for legendary results.

BØRNS, Alicia Keys and MGMT stylist Kat Typaldos:
Prince was so fluid as an artist from a gender perspective, a music perspective and a wardrobe perspective. He wasn’t afraid of taking risks -- that’s where the sexiness comes from. He just had the confidence and swag to do whatever he wanted. That’s the Prince attitude, the David Bowie attitude. They weren’t subscribing to trends. They acted instinctively, and there’s something about that that people really respond to. There was a fearlessness in how Prince presented himself to the world.


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