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If you happen to get nominated for a Grammy for producing a box set about the Minneapolis Sound, the absolute best-case scenario is that Sylvia Amos agrees to design your ceremonial suit. Sister of Andre Cymone, Sylvia Amos (née Anderson) spent the late ’70s and early ’80s constructing imaginative wardrobes for the first generation of Minneapolis Sound architects: her brother Andre, Andre’s childhood friend Prince, The Revolution, The Time, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, The Girls, The Stylle Band, among others. It started with measurements and a prompt—”nothing outrageous, just a fun throwback”—and evolved into a sensational distillation of the Minneapolis Sound’s signature look.
First contact: This fabric swatch. The studded flap of which Sylvia speaks is evident in much of Prince’s wardrobe:
Andre Gibson of the Universal Togetherness Band agreed to take me accessory shopping, connecting me with his buddy Chucki at Dress 2 Impress in suburban Dolton, Illinois:
Using the swatch, we selected a shirt (orchid), a belt (ostrich), and a pair of shoes which you can evaluate for yourself.
Second contact: A camera phone photo arrived of the jacket, about two weeks before the Grammys.
Once the rest of the suit arrived, it went something like this:
Like everything, it looks better in Los Angeles than it does in the apartment.
Lesson: If you want a Twin Cities fashion icon to make you a Grammy suit, you have to ask. Worst case scenario: “No.” Best case scenario: (See Above)
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