Well dressed villains May Day, Gordon Gekko and Alexis Colby, All Over Press.

Well dressed villains May Day, Gordon Gekko and Alexis Colby, All Over Press.

THE 10 BEST-DRESSED VILLAINS

They may shock or scare us on the big screen, but these stylish movie villains have some serious fashion cred along with their fear factor.

1. MICHELLE PFEIFFER AS CATWOMAN IN BATMAN RETURNS
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns required a – erm – catsuit so tight she went through 60 during filming, but the effect was worth it: slinky, sexy and perfect for the feline super villain. 

2. MICHAEL DOUGLAS AS GORDON GEKKO IN WALL STREET
Embodying the 1980s New York yuppie, Gordon Gekko will go to any length to turn a profit, and his contrast-cuff blue shirts and braces set the tone for financier-uniforms even after '80s excesses faded.

3. SHARON STONE AS CATHERINE TRAMELL IN BASIC INSTINCT
Catherine Tramell is a beautiful, cunning and very mysterious crime novelist, but most of all, she’s remembered for that scene in her pristine, white polo neck dress, proving that white isn’t as innocent as you think.

4. MADS MIKKELSEN AS HANNIBAL LECTER IN HANNIBAL
As Hannibal Lecter, Mads Mikkelsen exudes good taste in everything – even cuisine. While three-piece patterned suits and wide tie-knots may be a dandy’s dream, his taste for unconventional meats is a villainous leap too far. 

5. MERYL STREEP AS MIRANDA PRIESTLY IN THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Taking some cues from a certain real-life magazine editor, Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, the glamourous grande dame of Runway magazine, had would-be fashion assistants quaking in their Prada booties.

6. GRACE JONES AS MAY DAY IN A VIEW TO A KILL
As fiendish henchwoman May Day, Grace Jones cuts a strong figure in power suits and her iconic hooded dresses: perfect for whatever mayhem the diabolical assassin may run into in her pursuit of James Bond. 

7. THE GIRLS OF HEATHERS
With the scrunchies, shoulder pads and knee socks of old-school American prep, the girls of Heathers – three named Heather, as well as Winona Ryder’s Veronica – wreaked havoc on their high school while remaining impeccably dressed.

8. MARTIN SHEEN AS KIT CARRUTHERS IN BADLANDS
While an attractive renegade with some killer instincts may be every parent’s worst nightmare, Martin Sheen’s Kit Carruthers certainly made his 1950s denim jacket look iconic on the big screen. 

9. DANIEL DAY-LEWIS IN GANGS OF NEW YORK
New York in 1862 was a dangerous, violent place, and as gang leader Bill “the Butcher” Cutting, Daniel Day-Lewis combined crime with the style of the time: stovepipe hats, plaid and dapper suits made him the king of the streets.

10. JOAN COLLINS AS ALEXIS COLBY IN DYNASTY
As scorned socialite Alexis, Joan Collins blazed a trail of drama across Denver inDynasty. In outré hats, gold lamé and ball gowns, the manipulative Alexis made her mark in soap operas and style history.

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