Twenty-two years is not a long life, but it was long enough for Aaliyah to make an indelible impact on music, culture, and, perhaps most recognizable in everyday life, fashion. This week marks 20 years since the singer’s tragic death in a plane crash, yet her sartorial influence is palpable as ever.
A Brooklyn native born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in 1979, the singer was raised in Detroit and quickly rose to prominence following the release of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, in 1994. Her sound was unlike anything the world had ever heard—smooth, pitch-perfect vocals layered over futuristic hip-hop and R&B beats—and was matched with an innate talent for dance, incorporated into her cinematic music videos. The titular song of Aaliyah’s sophomore release, One in a Million, is widely recognized as one of the greatest hits of all time, and since the debut of her