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Best dressed list, vampire style

October 30, 2009

Pimpernel almost choked on his breakfast kippers the other morning (probably looking very similar to Tom Cruise above) to read that the character Edward Cullen from Twilight has been voted the “favourite movie vampire”. More than 3,000 people took advertising firm Pearl & Dean’s poll, and 38% of movie-goers chose actor Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the angst-ridden teen vamp.

Personally Pimpernel prefers his vampires much more epic, and much better dressed. With their centuries of experience and exquisite taste – no pun intended- don’t vampires generally tend to be the among the more sartorially elegant supernatural creatures?

As Halloween approaches, Pimpernel ponders his three picks for the position of best dressed vampire (in no particular order:

1. Viktor from the Underworld series of films, portrayed by Bill Nighy.

Dressed up or even more up, vampire elder Viktor has a penchant for bullion emboidery and all manner of embellishment. Even his armour is covered with intricate details. (Check out images of the coat he wears in Underworld: Evolution here in the private Blatanikov collection)

2. Dracula from Dracula, portrayed by Gary Oldman

Simply impeccably put together. Sigh. Pimpernel wishes he could carry off blue sunglasses so well.

3. Lestat from Interview with the Vampire, portrayed by Tom Cruise

Although his outfits generally change in keeping with the passing of time from Georgian through Regency to Victorian, Lestat seems to feel most comfortable in his lavish outfits from the 1790s. (And why not indeed.)

Happy Halloween- Pimpernel hopes it’s a stylish one 🙂

Images from Imdb and our own screenshots

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Josephine permalink
    November 2, 2009 7:08 pm

    I do love Viktor–so languid yet full of power. The clothes are gorgeous. Or perhaps the young Frank Langella in the stage version and movie of Dracula–not as well dressed as Viktor, but more seductive. Years ago, when reading The Vampire Lestat we used to play a game–who were the vampires living today? This was all great fun until one night I was driving homeward on a very dark, heavily wooded road, just the kind of place to find a vampire. When I thought how I would feel if such a creature were actually to step in front of my car, the game didn’t seem quite so attractive. . . I’m enjoying your blog very much. Josephine

    • pimpernel permalink*
      November 3, 2009 8:29 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Josephine- we’re so glad you like the blog! Chuckled at you playing your vampire game while driving late at night- would Viktor, Dracula or Lestat be caught skulking around a wooded road waiting to pounce? Or would they think that was a little obvious and beneath their level of sophistication? Hmmmm…. 🙂

      • Josephine permalink
        November 5, 2009 6:03 pm

        Oh my, I never thought of it like that . . . So perhaps just a provincial, beginner vampire? Josephine

  2. November 15, 2009 10:36 pm

    Edward would not even make it to my best dressed vampire list I think. I prefer 18th century styled vamps 🙂

  3. January 17, 2010 5:40 pm

    Edward Cullen is the veritable scourge of the genre. Everything else aside, frock coats are much more attractive than hoodies.

    I was formulating some sort of quip about why is it that vampires are so much better dressed than werewolves, but it didn’t really go anywhere.

  4. March 18, 2011 12:55 am

    How can any of them be on any vampire list?! They are not vampires! Vampires do not sparkle!, and none can be concidered veggitarian -They don’t eat food. However, in ancient times they were known to eat human flesh in some cultures (That’s how graves became associated with vampires) .

  5. Rebekah Pasetes permalink
    March 25, 2012 7:32 am

    i love vampires… someone like Lestat and Louis! ! They’re so handsome! xD 🙂


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