In 1984, a talented musician out of Minneapolis released an album and a loosely autobiographical film that showcased his hometown’s full creative powers. The late Prince Rogers Nelson, better known to the world by his first name, would leave a powerful mark on music history. This year, his would-be 60th birthday, serves as the inspiration behind Minnesota’s “Purple Rain” City Edition uniforms.
The jersey has recognizable details from outfits that Prince wore in his music videos. On the right shoulder, a metallic graphic is reminiscent of the studs on Prince’s jacket. The team script mirrors the lettering on the original Purple Rain album cover. White accents throughout the jersey nod to his ruffled blouses. Inside the shorts’ left vent, a paisley graphic honors Paisley Park Records, Prince’s first label.