BHM Fashion Tribute: Jimi Hendrix
Arguably the greatest electric guitarist in history, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix brought new meaning to rock n’ roll style during the 60s.
The music that this Seattle native produced as a singer, songwriter and guitarist was as diverse as his wardrobe.
Having gained fame in Europe before being recognized in his home country, Jimi’s musical ideas were groundbreaking. He was one of the first to experiment with stereophonic and phasing effects for rock recording, and remarkably never knew how to even read or write music throughout his career.
Although he was known to rock an afro, that signature scarf around his head and bell bottoms, Jimi was not your typical flaky hippie. His style had a sharp and glamorous edge with the help of flashy military inspired jackets, chunky jewelry, leather jackets with fringe detail, popped collars on ruffled shirts and more.
At times he was dapper, laid back, clad in fruity colors, but it all appeared smooth and fitting on Jimi.
With his slim figure and incredible swag, Jimi could pull off just about anything behind that guitar. He had a knack for soft, billowy fabrics and layering garments like vests, scarves, contrasting prints and more.
Since his mysterious and untimely passing in 1970, at the age of only 27, Jimi’s memorable looks have inspired various collections of apparel to this day.
Check out this interview with Jimi Hendrix, where Dick Cavett clowns Jimi’s fancy outfit, discusses the meaning of music and more:
Jimi in action, performing “Foxy Lady”: