“He Loved To Express Himself With His Clothing”: A Daughter’s Tribute To Mr Bruce Lee

During the early seventies Mr. Bruce Lee was the Icons of Icons! His shear presence on screen gave a lot of young kids the courage to fight bullying by learning a couple of Kung Fu moves and the ability to Win a Fight without Fighting. When Mr. Lee passed away it was a blow that was hard to recover from! “He will always be the Greatest Pound for Pound martial arts master of all time.!!!”

Franklin White

Mr Bruce Lee at Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong, 1972. Photograph courtesy of Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC

Words by Mr Ian Hsieh 27 November 2020

01. Downtime doesn’t necessarily mean slouch time

During an interview, Hong Kong, 1972. Photograph by J TAM/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

02. Work hard in the gym? Show it off


With his red Mercedes, Hong Kong, 1970. Photograph courtesy of Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC

03. Embrace colour and pattern

An appearance on Enjoy Yourself Tonight, Hong Kong, 1972. Photograph courtesy of Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC

Admittedly, the 1970s were a time of experimentation – hence the boldly hued checked blazer and mint-green shirt combo worn here by Mr Lee during a talk show appearance in Hong Kong. Just out of shot, he was also wearing brown high-heeled platform shoes – for that playful disco panache. “He had shoes where the heels were a solid two and a half inches,” says Ms Lee. “Sometimes he used to even practise martial arts in these types of clothes and shoes because he wanted to be able to know that he could move in them, and understand what they would do to his body. He was always wanting to be ready for anything that might go down at any minute, even if he had this fabulous plaid jacket on.”

04. Wear what makes you feel good – regardless of what other people think

Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong, 1972. Photograph courtesy of Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC

05. You can’t go wrong with the classics

On the set of The Big Boss, Thailand, 1971. Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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