I’m sure your mother told you to always wear clean underwear in case you get hit by a bus. Odd advice, really… surely ‘don’t get hit by a bus’ would be better advice to instil in your child. Either way, she’d definitely have a point if you were to become a zombie after being hit by one. You’d always be stuck wearing the same clothes forever - so you’d better make ‘em count. With Dead Rising 2 on the horizon, we reckon now's the perfect time to take a look at what zombies have brought to the fashion scene over the past 25 years…
Zombie Zombie (1984)
Above: Zombie Zombie – a game so great, they named it twice. No, not really – it’s shocking
The mid-eighties were a terrible time for fashion and the zombie world was no exception. Garish, neon colours with no hint of co-ordination was the order of the day. This poor chap seems to be suffering from a pretty severe headache. Granted, it could be the rotting brain inside his worm-filled skull, but it’s more likely he just saw himself in the mirror. A pretty tragic image, and no mistake.
Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts (1991)
Above: A little late for the punk movement, but those tears are still cutting edge
The must-have accessory for any zombie is a coffin that comes out of the ground whenever people walk by. Sadly, the blue rags look isn’t terribly inspiring, but at least it complements the shock of bright orange hair. And that belt does wonders for the undead waistline.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)
Above: Such a classic, you may as well consider this combo the official zombie uniform
Ah, the classic zombie look. Blue denim trousers, brown overcoat with tattered sleeve motif, and a shock of white hair for the ‘dead head’ look. Can’t go wrong with this one – if you’re scared you might suddenly be invited to a party at the end of civilisation as we know it, you could do a lot worse than this look. Some say 'vanilla', we say 'essential'.
Resident Evil (1996)
Above: Wow – a whole wardrobe full of fetching zombie attire and a mop. No wonder he’s guarding it
Another timeless combo – this is the perfect attire for a brain feast at a friend’s country manor. The smart corduroy trouser with tucked-in shirt and a loose, stained, unbuttoned overcoat was all the rage in the mid-nineties. A look that says ‘Sure, I’m going to eat your brains, but maybe we could grab a sandwich afterwards’.
Above: Little-known game from Midway, but some uber-funky hairstyles going on
There’s nothing funkier than a zombie with an afro. Honestly, it’s remarkable just how well-kept these fellas’ hair-dos are. Not so sure about the shirtless vibe, although it does show off that straining ribcage. A few bullets will open that up nicely to complete the look.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000)
Above: A little underweight, perhaps, but still absolutely ready for the catwalk challenge
I think Gok Wan has been encouraging these cadavers to bare everything with pride. It’s definitely time we had a zombie edition of the show, like ‘How to look dead good naked’. These fellas may have left their gonads in their trousers, but they’ve clearly been working hard on their skin. Using essential oils, decay and gangrene, even the purest skin can look veiny and dead. Maybe they’re born with it? Maybe it’s zombelline.