Dapper Dan: The Man Behind Some Of Hip Hop's Hottest Looks—See His Most Iconic Designs On Your Favorite Stars!

Dapper Dan: The Man Behind Some Of Hip Hop's Hottest Looks

Dapper Dan: The Man Behind Some Of Hip Hop's Hottest Looks—See His Most Iconic Designs On Your Favorite Stars!

The Harlem-born designer is a living legend!

Published February 12th

Written by Tweety Elitou

At BET, we are privileged to celebrate our Blackness every day. In honor of Black History Month, we are pulling out extra confetti as we profile some of the most influential Black people in the fashion and beauty industries—especially if their accomplishments and contributions are overlooked by mainstream society. Cheers to our icons!

Dapper Dan is a living legend. Known as the man behind some of the most memorable looks worn in the music industry, the Harlem-born designer has undoubtedly paved the way for many fashion houses in their search to appeal to trendsetting hip hop artists.

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In fact, Dapper Dan’s creative influence in the 1980s has often been recreated—and in some cases unjustly copied—by some of the world’s most luxe fashion brands. Today, the 76-year-old fashion innovator and pioneer in the luxury streetwear space continues to build on his legacy via his Harlem atelier in collaboration with Gucci.

Below, see some of his most iconic looks worn throughout the years by your favorite celebs! 

  1. Salt-N-Pepa (1988)
    UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1988:  Photo of Salt-N-Pepa  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
  2. Roxanne Shanté (1989)
    American hip hop musician and rapper Roxanne Shante, wearing an outfit by Dapper Dan, circa 1989. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)"n"n
    (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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  3. Tracee Ellis Ross (2018)
    onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
  4. Beyoncé (2018)
    performs on stage at Principality Stadium on June 6, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.
    (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment)
  5. Lil' Kim (2019)
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Lil Kim arrives to the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams /FilmMagic)
    (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams /FilmMagic)
  6. DaBaby (2019)
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: DaBaby attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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  7. Megan Thee Stallion (2019)
    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during Made In America - Day 2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 01, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
    (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
  8. 2 Chainz (2019)
    ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 12: 2 Chainz attends The History In The Eyes Of Dapper Dan & 2 Chainz at AmericasMart on October 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
    (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
  9. Rick Ross (2019)
    NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 26:  2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, NJ, USA.  (Photo by : Aaron J. / RedCarpetImages.net)
    (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)
  10. Omari Hardwick, Dapper Dan and 21 Savage (2019)
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Omari Hardwick, Dapper Dan and 21 Savage depart The Mark Hotel for the 2019 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' Met Gala on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
    (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
  11. That Girl Lay Lay (2020)
  12. Saweetie & Doja Cat (2021)

(Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage)

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