6 times Dennis Rodman paved a new way to NBA's street style.
It's impossible to think of basketball culture and leave fashion out of the equation.
Deeply influenced by music and sneaker culture, the athletes have been changing the way the big mass dresses for a long time. One of the most important names on that is Dennis Rodman — something made very clear for the ones who haven't gotten it yet on The Last Dance docuseries.
From unique hairstyles and piercings to seeking a non-binary approach to clothes, scroll for the 6 times Rodman paved a new way to NBA's power on street style.
1. Wearing skirts before it was cool.
When a style has a way of shocking people, it might be ahead of its time. That's the case of Rodman — whose style makes more sense now more than ever. Men in skirts are being seen more and more nowadays, and Dennis was one of the mass media names that started that fire.
2. When he put on a wedding dress and claimed he married himself.
Ok, this is not a typical street style look. But it couldn't be off our list because it represents the gender-bending approach he seeks to show. Back in 1996, he arrived at his book signing in a custom-made bridal gown on a horse-drawn carriage into a Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue.
3. His talk show fits were a leathery fusion.
Even more than the NBA tunnels, Rodman's style truly shone on the stages of late-night talk shows. There, he was able to be himself and give fresh fits, such as the ones he wore on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno — a mesh tank top with a leather shirt and leather Nikes and then some leather pants and a hot pink leather blazer.
4. Hairstyles as a form of expression.
When you have to wear a uniform for work, how do you express yourself? Rodman says out loud: hairstyles. The player's hair is a statement for itself. He explored colors and even symbols such as smiley faces and his team's mascot.
5. The Madonna-Rodman ship was an event.
He dated Madonna for only 2 months back in 1996, but this made an impression that will last for a long time. She was reportedly the one that taught him the value of being true to himself and pushed his style choices further. Everyone says: thank you, Madonna.
6. The Nike Air Darwin debut.
Seen by many as Rodman's first signature sneaker, the Nike Air Darwin was one of the player's favorites of his Detroit years. Even tho Nike never acknowledged Dennis’ relation with the Darwin silhouette, the nostalgia toward those basketball years and the leather kicks remain.
A true visionary.
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