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

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

For almost five decades, Robin Williams was the king of comedy in America. Everyone has their own most memorable movie of his. For some it is Goodwill Hunting; to others Mrs. Doubtfire. But we all know that true stories come to the conclusion that his best work is, without a shadow of a doubt, Flubber. And that’s not just because the film is slapstick, but because its lead star is rocking the lead wearing an unfathomable and unnecessarily cool Issey Miyake look.

You see, while his position as a Hollywood funnyman may feel like a dealbreaker when against his ability to dress himself, he always proves the rule wrong. Until his death in 2014, he continued to be funny and stylish, carrying Jean Paul Gaultier on the runways and BAPE in his personal wardrobe. Here are her iconic outfits that live in our minds for free.

Robin Williams wearing a tight multi-colored top and beige pants in a house holding a magazine and winking

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In New York, circa 1970

Before he became a beloved name in 90s family movies, Robin Williams was a stand-up comic known for his unique sense of humor. His 70s outfits reflect that humorous nature, often resembling a kid having fun while delivering zingy grown-up comedy. Like this outfit: a skin-tight long-sleeved t-shirt with colorful patterns. It gives clowncore.

Robin Williams in rainbow suspenders and a face printed t-shirt performing on stage at the Roxy Theater in 1979

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Performed at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, 1979

In the late 70s, Robin’s fame as a comic soared, with his peers — the likes of David Letterman — literally fearing their careers as a result. He hosts a comedy special on HBO, Outside the Wall, but as unique as the comedy is the unique look he wears throughout it. As he hangs, Robin holds up his pants with rainbow suspenders, studded with flower pins, whales and sheriff badges. The t-shirt, too, is interesting: a tight number with a black ribbed neckline and sleeves that frame the blown, porcelain-like face of a woman printed on the front. Who is he? 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 her HBO special, Robin is used to rocking the opening of big friend events, so the idea of ​​’dressing up’ is thrown out the window. Instead, her red carpet look was suitably low key. Like this one, which he wore to 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

In the same year he collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola and Jennifer Lopez (you read that right) in the movie Jack, Robin Williams made a miraculous red carpet statement by rocking an event wearing this iconic Jean Paul Gaultier number. A trompe l’oeil print shirt, emblazoned with a print of a man’s muscular chest, it leans against the playful side of Robin’s character.

Robin Williams wears Issey Miyake at the Flubber premiere in 1997

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Issey Miyake at the Flubber premiere (1997)

Yes, the pièce de résistance of the Robin Williams wardrobe journey. In 1997, after years of leaning on the sporty side of his style, Robin became the absolute hypebeast in the AW96 Issey Miyake jacket, part of a collection of military-style looks, with a hidden hood , cargo pockets and a pouch on the back big enough to store a notebook. The jacket is now considered an important part of fashion history, with designers often imitating Miyake’s pure creation. Fancy copping one for yourself? Start saving: it goes to $5000, if not more, at Grailed.

Robin Williams wearing BAPE in London's Soho in 2002

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In Soho, London, 2002

Today, A Bathing Ape is one of the most hyped brands in the world, partly due to the 2010s streetwear boom, but most importantly due to the rise of its founder Nigo, who has since risen to the top of the ranks of Kenzo. But in 2002, BAPE was an IYKYK thing, and celebrities — let alone comedians — rarely wore them. Of course, as someone who knows his fashion history, it makes sense that Robin would match their items: spotted on the streets of Manhattan, he was pictured wearing a BAPE short-sleeve camo shirt and a color of the Nike Viotech Dunks that at that time, was only available for sale in Japan.

Robin Williams wears the J-16 jacket from Acronym with North Face in 2009

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In Manhattan, New York, 2009

Ironically, many of the techwear boys of the early 2020s would have been raised watching Robin Williams movies as kids. Little did they know that the man himself wore that item a decade before them. In 2009, Robin was bundled up for the New York winter in a J-16 jacket from Acronym when he was caught by a paparazzi, paired with The North Face gloves, a beanie and wrap-around shades.

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