How to Dress Like Grandmaster Flash
Grandmaster Flash in New York City, 1981
In this 1981 photo, pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash takes fashion cues from styles ranging from disco to street to western to dance. The most important—and hardest to replicate—element of his outfit is the way he makes the varied inspirations his own.
Grandmaster helped make Kangol caps into hip hop classics.
Ben Sherman poplin shirt.
A Western-inspired belt by Robert Graham.
Flare jeans are hard to pull off—they can look dated and Euro-trashy—but here they look timelessly cool. Topman offers a selection of denim.
American Apparel skimmer shoe.
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