Of all the musicians who have ever ventured into fashion's hallowed and well-guarded halls, no one has been as eclectic — or as determined — as Kanye Omari West. In the course of roughly a decade, he has swayed his fair share of fashion trends, his increasingly refined choices consistently a reliable gauge of what we'll be seeing months later. These days, he's taking a holistic approach, his interest in outre music, art, and architecture informing his fealty to fashion. But, as anyone who saw 2013's Yeezus tour (or his wedding, for that matter) can attest, it's style that's most on his mind: his first-name-checking monologues about Phoebe (Philo), Raf (Simons) and Hedi (Slimane) remain the stuff of legend; his fixation on fashion lets us know how dead-serious he is. Here, a look at whether Kanye's infamous assertion — "I am the nucleus" — is more fact than delusion, as told through an infographic that takes us from his backpack days to his Margiela masks, and way, way beyond.
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