A brief history of zombie fashion in video games

How to look drop-dead gorgeous... as a corpse

Zombie Zombie (1984)


Above: Zombie Zombie %26ndash; a game so great, they named it twice. No, not really %26ndash; it%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;s more likely he just saw himself in the mirror. A pretty tragic image, and no mistake.

Super Ghouls %26lsquo;n%26rsquo; 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%26rsquo;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 %26lsquo;dead head%26rsquo; look. Can%26rsquo;t go wrong with this one %26ndash; if you%26rsquo;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 %26ndash; a whole wardrobe full of fetching zombie attire and a mop. No wonder he%26rsquo;s guarding it

Another timeless combo %26ndash; this is the perfect attire for a brain feast at a friend%26rsquo;s country manor. The smartcorduroy trouser with tucked-in shirt and a loose, stained, unbuttoned overcoat was all the rage in the mid-nineties. A look that says %26lsquo;Sure, I%26rsquo;m going to eat your brains, but maybe we could grab a sandwich afterwards%26rsquo;.

CarnEvil (1998)


Above: Little-known game from Midway, but some uber-funky hairstyles going on

There%26rsquo;s nothing funkier than a zombie with an afro. Honestly, it%26rsquo;s remarkable just how well-kept these fellas%26rsquo; 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%26rsquo;s definitely time we had a zombie edition of the show, like %26lsquo;How to look dead good naked%26rsquo;. These fellas may have left their gonads in their trousers, but they%26rsquo;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%26rsquo;re born with it? Maybe it%26rsquo;s zombelline.

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