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Coat worn by Prince in "Purple Rain"
Coat worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain, 1984. Regency-style, it is made of shiny purple moire fabric. There is a notched collar with the collar folded high and closely fitted to the neck. There are shoulder epaulets and partial sleeve straps at the wrist of long, slim set-in sleeves. The coat is double-breasted with flat silver buttons and buttonholes for closure. There are silver-colored studs on a flap covering the right front shoulder area. The coat also has side front and upper left breast diagonal welt pockets, center back slit, and silver-buckled self-fabric belt held in place by belt loops. The coat is completely lined with a black shiny fabric and has hidden thick shoulder pads. There is no label. See ID Numbers 1987.124.1 through 1987.124.7 for other pieces of the Purple Rain costume.
Content Category: artifacts
41 inches length
20 inches width (at shoulders)
Made by: Wells, Louis
Made by: Vaughn, Terry
Designer: France, Marie
Made in: Chanhassen, Carver County, Minnesota, United States
Used by: Prince
Used in: Chanhassen, Carver County, Minnesota, United States
Clothing. Men's Special Purpose Clothing. Unclassified
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, wore this outfit while performing the title song from his movie "Purple Rain." The song was recorded at First Avenue, a Minneapolis nightclub. The film was made in Minnesota during November and December of 1983.
The outfit consists of a purple moire Regency-style coat, black velour-knit pants, a white silk shirt, purple lace knit gloves, a black patterned net headband, and black leather 4 inch high heel boots. The outfit was designed and made by Louis Wells, Vaughn Terry and Marie France, who all worked for PRN Productions when the movie was filmed.
Minnesota Historical Society Collections, Gift of PRN Productions
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1987.124.2 (Accession Number)