Villanelle's 30 Best Outfits From 'Killing Eve'

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With a name as theatrical as Villanelle, it's no wonder the Killing Eve character has a flair for the dramatic. And her wardrobe is just that — gratuitously expensive, loud, mismatched, and completely gorgeous. The Russian assassin uses clothes to change her personality — a necessity for her job. A blue peasant dress transforms Villanelle into an Italian partygoer, while a simple white blouse and cropped slacks allow her to fade into the background as a waitress. Whichever persona she's embodying, one thing is clear: Villanelle's best outfits on Killing Eve are all beautiful and off-kilter, just like her.

As lead writer Emerald Fennell said in a behind-the-scenes interview, Villanelle is an “iconic dresser." But even "iconic" feels like an understatement. In each episode, costume designers Phoebe De Gaye (Season 1), Charlotte Mitchell (Season 2), and Sam Perry (Season 3) up the ante for Villanelle's wardrobe. She's also a reckless spender, buying extravagant pieces and quickly blowing through her paycheck. "[Villanelle] just loves clothes," De Gaye told Vogue. "That's how she rewards herself for her kills; she just goes out and buys something else. She's also a good chameleon, you know, the idea was that you could never really pin her down."

For inspiration, Mitchell turned to vintage fashion. “[I looked at] how '80s Yves Saint Laurent suit jackets and blouses were worn — incredibly feminine and powerful — and wondered how this could work for Villanelle," she said during a BBC Q&A. "It's such a striking silhouette, almost like a Spanish matador, that this led me to consider women wearing men's suits with a twist."

She continued, "I loved finding interesting pieces and putting them together in an eclectic way (not particularly matching) which would lead to playful looks, perfect for Villanelle." But even though the character's clothes don't always go together, she makes them work because of her unyielding confidence. Here are 30 of her best outfits so far.

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