Edward Scissorhands – Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The Look: Big hair, black threads and super-sharp hands – Johnny Depp’s perennial outsider might have made a mess out of water beds, but sweet Jiminy he could trim a tree. The titular star of Tim Burton’s gothic eye-gasm had a look unlike any other, and pioneered sad-eyed loneliness as a fashion statement like only a magnetic goth in a stainless steel factory could.
Key garment: Without those shiny scissor-hands, this outfit just wouldn’t work.
Sandy Olsen – Grease (1978)
The Look: Super-tight trousers and an off-the-shoulder number, all in the rebel’s colour of choice: black, this get-up signalled the moment that sweet Sandy became a sexy Sandy. This is what people in the late ’70s thought teen rebellion in the ’50s looked like, and it’s a stark reminder that you should never let your daughter mix with greasers. She’ll be smoking and dancing with the bad boys quicker than you can say summer lovin’.
Key Garment: Sandy’s disco pants transformed Olivia Newton-John into a sex kitten and – our sources tell us – are coming back into fashion right now.
Shaun – Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
The Look: The uniform of a professional retail assistant turned zombie slayer extraordinaire, Shaun’s work outfit has taken on a life of its own in the years since Shaun Of The Dead made a star of Simon Pegg. The short-sleeved white shirt and tie combo and the confused expression is a look most of us have sported at some point in our lives. It only took the addition of a cricket bat, a whole lot of red, and an outbreak of the undead to transform it into an instantly recognisable symbol of all that is great about British cinema.
Key Garment: Without the tie, Shaun could be anyone. With the tie, he’s a man who’s not got changed since he got in from work, and that’s why we love him.
The Tramp – The Tramp (1915)
The Look: Even if you’ve never seen a Chaplin film in your life, there’s no escaping his most famous creation. It’s so thoroughly ingrained in pop culture that the image of this bedraggled, bowler-hatted scruff with his tiny ‘tache and bendy cane is almost pre-loaded into our minds at birth. The biggest icon of the silent era and the star of dozens of Chaplin movies, the Tramp was proof of cinema’s ability to create its own legends.
Key Garment: The thoroughly battered suit told a story all of its own.
Hannibal Lecter – The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
The Look: Is there any more dehumanising combination than a muzzle and a straightjacket? If the wild staring eyes weren’t enough to clue you in to the key character traits of Anthony Hopkins’ killer cannibal Hannibal Lector in The Silence Of The Lambs , these garments – barely containing the monster within – certainly did. From his clothes alone Lecter looks like a man who would happily rip your throat out with his teeth.
Key Garment: The full-face muzzle is one of the biggest warning signals ever given in cinema: the wearer is more animal than man.
William Wallace – Braveheart (1995)
The Look: Never one to let historical accuracy get in the way of a good yarn, Mel Gibson transformed medieval Scottish night William Wallace into a woad-wearing, tartan-infested wild man. Braveheart might have played fast and loose with the facts, but there’s no denying the enduring appeal of its central character.
Key Garment: Wearing a kilt as if it was the most natural piece of clothing in the world, the Scottish national dress has rarely looked as manly as this.
Tony Manero – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The Look: Saturday Night Fever combined the Bee Gees, flared white suits and John Travolta’s hips to devastating effect. Disco dancing has never, ever looked as cool as it does in this film, and never will again. Tony Manero set the bar for manly men with killer moves owning the dance floor, and he set it damn high.
Key Garment: There aren’t many men who could carry off a suit as white as that, but without the dazzling white waistcoat, it just wouldn’t be the same.
Count Orlok – Nosferatu (1922)
The Look: Max Shreck’s turn as the blood-sucking star of Nosferatu has gone down in cinematic history. Clad entirely in suffocating black, barely human, with grasping claws and bizarre, orc-like ears, Orlok might only have been Dracula by another name but he remains one of the most convincing and unsettling blood-suckers to have ever graced the silver screen.
Key Garment: Who knows what horrors that overwhelming black coat covers? Scary stuff…
Marty McFly – Back To The Future (1985)
The Look: No one in the history of the world has rocked a gilet like Marty McFly. Not only did he make time travel awesome and invent rock and roll, but he did so dressed impeccably, in an ’80s kind of a way. Ordinarily, a denim jacket and jeans wouldn’t work, but with the sort of fearless bravery that saw him take on the 1950s, the near future and the wild west, Marty pulls it off. What a man.
Key Garment: Who’d have thought anyone could make a red puffy gilet look so damned good?
Raoul Duke – Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
The Look: Johnny Depp didn’t just play Hunter S Thompson’s gonzo alter-ego in Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas , he became him. Depp went the extra mile here, liberating various items of clothing from the man himself’s wardrobe, including Hawaiian shirts and jackets. Aided and abetted by a hat, a cigarette holder and Benicio Del Toro, he brought Thompson’s larger-than-life persona to the masses, and we’ve not forgotten him yet.
Key Garment: The sunglasses that hide a multitude of narcotic sins.