Design Credits: Dapper Dan
From his 125th street tailoring shop, Dapper Dan has influenced hip-hop fashion since 1982. Originally taking fabrics from the likes of Louis Vuitton and MCM and repurposing them into custom garments, his clientele soon expanded from neighborhood hustlers to rap pioneers like Rakim and Funkmaster Flex. His handiwork can be seen on album art like the cover of Eric B. and Rakim's Follow The Leader and Paid In Full to '90s style icons like Mike Tyson and Salt and Pepa. While he never released a collection proper, his influence and legacy on hip-hop style remains. Any time someone apes designer fashion in an attempt to put in in the context of street culture, Dapper Dan is the guy who started that.