Apr 12

ICON: Dracula

Old school style. Literally. Dracula image from http://www.hdwallpapersdesktop.com/Movies/Dracula/imagepages/image9.htm.

Before we delve into the meat of this violent, bloody, aristocratic, occult, and ever so stylish topic, we must address one thing: It’s pronounced Dra-COOL-yeh.

Say it a few times. Got it? Good.

Now remember that as you read – or bad things will happen.

The OG playa from the last 5 centuries. Dracula knows how to get the ladies. Dracula image from http://collider.com/dracula-origin-movie-jason-keller/148363/.

How did it take us this long to feature the most famous sanguinary count as an icon? We’re not sure, but we apologize. To illustrate how absurd it is that this took so long, let me present a laundry list of things that we think are awesome:

  • Nobility
  • Victorian Gentlemen
  • Knights
  • Tuxedos
  • Swords
  • Immaculate Tailoring
  • Castles
  • Supernatural Powers
  • Wolves
  • Real Estate Moguls
  • Intelligent Planning
  • Badasses with Henchmen
  • Gypsy Warriors
  • Opera Cloaks
  • An incredible ability to seduce beautiful women
  • Vampires that kill people and don’t sparkle.

Please note that the head wampyr in charge, Count Vlad Dracula, is or possesses all of these things.

If I were to ever wear a suit of armor which will strike fear into every living being I came across, it would be this bad boy from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Image from http://reviewswithjablesandquantom.blogspot.com/2011/07/old-school-movie-bram-stokers-dracula.html.

While Bram Stoker’s classic novel is brilliant, the character within only really took off when he hit the silver screen. While there are dozens of renditions of Dracula, our favorites are the ones played by Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, and, of course, Bela Lugosi.

There are clothes that show that a man is powerful, and there are clothes that show that a man is stylish; Dracula is always decked out in clothes that fit both categories. From Lugosi’s classic tux-and-cloak look to Lee just looking elegant and deadly to Oldman in what is easily one of the coolest suits in cinematic history, Dracula just looks good.

Only the most stylish of the undead can pull something like this off. Dracula image from http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/movie-lovers/media/583020.

We’ve featured people who can’t turn into wolves, live forever, or command the weather, just for looking this good.

Dracula was a shoe-in.