Despite spending most of his time behind the camera capturing other people, Gordon Parks’ personal style is certainly worth remembering. Parks was a true renaissance man of the mid twentieth century, working as a photographer, director, writer, and musician. During this period Parks traveled throughout the country photographing everyone from the rural poor to celebrities, documenting the many different stories and faces of American life. Later in his career Parks began directing films, most notably Shaft, the 1971 blaxploitation film that embodied urban cool. Through his work, Parks captured how an individual’s appearance can tell so much about them. Parks’ personal style conveyed a sense of relaxed complexity that reflected his own personality. Parks often wore thick turtlenecks with houndstooth blazers and faded button downs with golden button double breasted blazers, embodying his comfortably formal style. Parks’ trademark pipe, distinct patterns, and well worn pieces expressed his distinct personality through his wardrobe.