70s, 90s and 00s Fashion: Robin William’s hypebeast style, Issey Miyake Jacket and Jean Paul Gaultier shirt

For nearly five decades, Robin Williams has been America’s king of comedy. Everyone has their own most memorable movie. For some it is Goodwill hunting; for others it is Mrs. Doubtfire. But we all know that true legends come to the conclusion that his finest work is, without a shadow of a doubt, Flubber. And it’s not just because the film slaps, but because its lead star showed up to the premiere wearing an unfathomably unnecessarily cool Issey Miyake fashion look.

You see, while his position as a Hollywood comedian might seem like a dealbreaker when pitted against his ability to dress up, he still proved the rule wrong. Until his death in 2014, he continued to be both hilarious and stylish, bringing Jean Paul Gaultier to the catwalks and BAPE to his personal wardrobe. Here are her iconic outfits that live in our minds rent-free.

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In New York, around 1970

Before becoming a beloved name in ’90s family movies, Robin Williams was a stand-up comedian known for his outlandish sense of humor. Her outfits in the ’70s reflected this goofy persona, often looking like a kid’s entertainer while delivering zingy adult comedy. Like this outfit: a tight, long-sleeved t-shirt with multicolored patterns. It gives clowncore.

Robin Williams wearing rainbow suspenders and a face print t-shirt performing onstage at the Roxy Theater in 1979

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Performing at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, 1979

By the late ’70s, Robin’s fame as a comedian skyrocketed, with his peers – like David Letterman – literally fearing for their careers as a result. He directed an HBO comedy special, On the wall, but as notable as the comedy was the extravagant look he wore throughout it. As he reeled off gags, Robin held up his pants with rainbow suspenders, studded with flower pins, whalebones and sheriff’s badges. Also interesting was the t-shirt: a form-fitting number with a black ribbed collar and sleeves framing a puffy porcelain woman’s face printed on the front. Who is she? What is his story ?

Robin Williams in a blue and purple beret and a blue bomber jacket with pins on it at the Roxy in 1979

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At the Roxy in Hollywood, 1979

A year after his HBO special, Robin had grown accustomed to rocking up to the opening of a friend’s big events, so much so that the idea of ​​”dressing up” was thrown out the window. Instead, her red carpet looks were suitably understated. Like this one, which he wore on the first night of Martin Mull’s comedy show at the Roxy: a navy bomber jacket – again studded with pins – and a plum and navy beret.

Robin Williams in a Jean Paul Gaultier trompe l'oeil shirt at a party in 1996

At a party, 1996

The same year, he collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola and Jennifer Lopez (you read that right) on the film Jack, Robin Williams made a miraculous claim on the red carpet as he swung at an event wearing this iconic Jean Paul Gaultier number. A trompe l’oeil print shirt, adorned with the print of a man’s muscular chest, it relied on the playful parts of Robin’s character.

Robin Williams in Issey Miyake at the Flubber premiere in 1997

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Issey Miyake at the premiere of Flubber (1997)

Yes, the piece de resistance in Robin Williams’ wardrobe journey. In 1997, after years of leaning into the playful parts of his style, Robin became a hypebeast in this AW96 Issey Miyake jacket, part of a collection of military-style looks, featuring a concealed hood, cargo pockets and a back pocket large enough to store a notebook. The jacket is now considered a key piece of fashion history, with designers often imitating Miyake’s immaculate creation. Want to copy one for yourself? Start saving: It costs $5,000 or more on Grailed.

Robin Williams in BAPE in Soho, London in 2002

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In Soho, London, 2002

Today, A Bathing Ape is one of the hottest brands in the world, partly because of the streetwear boom of the 2010s, but mostly thanks to the rise of its founder Nigo, who has since risen through the ranks. by Kenzo. But back in 2002, BAPE was definitely an IYKYK thing, and celebrities — let alone comedians — rarely wore it. Of course, being someone who knows his fashion history, it makes perfect sense that Robin would listen to their stuff: Spotted on the streets of Manhattan, he was photographed wearing a BAPE short-sleeved camo shirt and a colorway by Nike Viotech Dunks which was then only available for sale in Japan.

Robin Williams wearing Acronym's J-16 jacket with North Face in 2009

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In Manhattan, New York, 2009

It’s funny, so many techwear boys of the early 2020s would have been raised watching Robin Williams movies as kids. Little did they know the man himself was donning this thing a decade before them. In 2009, Robin was wrapped up for winter in New York in Acronym’s J-16 jacket when a paparazzi caught it, paired with The North Face gloves, a beanie and wraparound sunglasses.

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