Fashionable Vampires … or not

Maybe it’s just me being girly but I always love looking at the clothes the designers create for vampires in movies and TV shows. Sometimes they’re absolutely ridiculous, other times they’re damn sexy and sometimes they are brilliant works of art. Here’s a small list of a few vampire looks used throughout the years (check out the full gallery at the bottom).

Béla Lugosi as Dracula (Dracula, 1931)
Dracula’s appearance in this classic film is legendary. This is where we got the slicked back hair and satin cape stereotype that haunts vampires to this day. This movie created a look that has forever left an impression in the minds of everyone.

Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt (Interview with the Vampire, 1994)
Lestat’s period clothing in this movie was so elegant and beautiful. Not only his but Louis’ and Claudia’s clothing as well. I even loved the laid back big poofy old timey shirts they wore.

Stuart Townsend as Lestat de Lioncourt (Queen of the Damned, 2002)
Stuart’s Lestat was significantly different than Tom Cruise’s version. But the clothes in this movie were … interesting. Since this time around Lestat was a rock star and not an aristocrat there was a whole lot more leather. Leather and mesh.

Kate Beckinsale as Selene (Underworld, 2003)
Ok, now this is a look we all know and know well. How can you forget the skin tight leather body suit? I think Kate just may win the prize for sexiest looking vampire chick thanks to that outfit.

Gary Oldman as Dracula (Dracula, 1992)

Gary definitely sported some unusual looks in this flick. From the old Dracula with the totally weird white rolled up hair and red robe to the younger looking Dracula and those ridiculous sun glasses. If anything it’s memorable.

Evan Rachel Wood as Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq (True Blood, 2008 – Present)
Her look is one of my top faves. From that gorgeous gown to the bathing suit and sunglasses. The Queen was the epitome of deadly sexiness and classic elegance.

Bill Paxton as Severen (Near Dark, 1987)
There was no satin capes and girly lace for Severen, oh no, it was all biker leather, belt buckles and jeans. Oh and we can’t forget the blood, that was an extra fashion statement – blood, lots of it.

James Marsters as Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003)

Oh Spike, sexy sexy Spike. This vamp kept it hot and simple – black on black. You’ve got the black pants, black t-shirt and that kickass black leather trench coat. Although I have to say in all honestly that my favorite look of his was the naked sex scene look. Mmm.

Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen (Twilight, 2008 and New Moon, 2009)

Alice’s style was very modern, yes, but she was an adorable little pixie. Her clothes looked so cute and comfy; I’d love to wear them myself.

I’ll end my list here; feel free to leave a comment letting us know what your favorite vampire look is. There are loads and loads of vampires to choose from, I barely touched them here.

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


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  3. Oh, I love vampire fashions!
    1. Bram Stoker´s Dracula had gorgeous fruitcake designs, including vampire Lucy´s wedding-dress!
    2. Sorry, not fan of modern style vampires – they are so plain, including Selene´s horrible body suit.
    3. Hammer films had some absolutely lovely dresses, mostly for their heroines, though – those costumes looked wonderful in that beautiful old Technicolor.

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