After 2 months on display, Prince's 'Purple Rain' jacket is back in storage


It's such a shame our display had to end, the Minnesota Historical Society said this week as it put Prince's famous "Purple Rain" suit back into storage.

The suit, which Prince wore in the 1984 film "Purple Rain," has been on display at the Minnesota History Center since April 22, the day after the music legend was found dead at his studios in Chanhassen.

But on Monday the suit was put back into storage in order to preserve its condition so it can be enjoyed in future years.

"Textiles are particularly sensitive to light," the society explained in a Facebook post, "and the Purple Rain suit has been in high demand since its 1987 donation. MNHS must strike a balance between making it available to the public and preserving it for future generations."

Adam Scher, senior curator for the society, told KARE 11 the organization obtained the suit after making a request of the Twin Cities-raised musician, because "we had nothing in our collection to document Prince."

"Here was a major force in popular music from Minnesota that we didn't have represented in our collection," he added.

The Minnesota Historical Society has this extensive guide on how to preserve historically significant items, which you can find here.

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