A timeline showing Kanye West’s fashion through the years and life events categorized by albums. I took out the text better viewing. Explanation is under the cut.
1st row is the College Dropout era (2002-2004) of super bright Ralph Lauren polos and a lot of sweaters with bear embellishments. The self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don had finally entered the hip hop scene under his own name. The bear head is an homage to the College Dropout album cover. Below is a made-up poster of him and an x-ray of the reconstructive jaw surgery he experienced from a near-fatal car crash. (fun fact: 2 weeks in the hospital, with his mouth still wired shut, he rapped about it)
2nd row (top) is the year of Late Registration (2005-2006) where he really starts to take off–winning his first Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year for his previous album and saying the best Grammy speech of all time. This was also when he gets into a lot of trouble—calling out the former president on his hate for black people, etc. I didn’t really want to highlight those so I kept this section short.
2nd row (bottom) is Graduation (2007) where Kanye begins to wear less preppy and more street brands. On the shelf is a camo snapback, a Louis Vuitton handkerchief-turned-scarf (?), the famous shutter shades, and the bike from Akira which he took inspiration from in his Stronger video.
3rd row is the year of 808’s and Heartbreak. This section shows the box of stuff Kanye has to give back to Alexis Phifer** (his ex-girlfriend), The first Air Yeezys Kanye designed in collaboration with Nike, and lastly, a shelf fully dedicated to Donda West, Mama West, the woman Kanye so loved and cherished. Below is the outfit he wears on the album.
4th row (top) is the extravagant videos and outfits in his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010-2012). This section is basically this whole video. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it!!!!
4th row (bottom) is a mix of Watch the Throne outfit from 2011 and present day Kanye– a lot of black, a lot of leather, and some skirts. It’s also the year baby North West was born. Daddy Kanye!!!
Sorry i got carried away with the description. I had too much fun doing this if you couldn’t tell already. Kanye is my favourite artist/designer/person ever. Hahaha