American Horror Story: Style Files

With no one season connected one after another, the unmistakably superb American Horror Story has produced over 30 archetypal characters over the past four years. With season five premiering last night, we run through some of the most iconic looks from the series’ arsenal of  female figures to date.

LANA WINTERS: THE TOUGH COOKIE


Don’t let Lana Winters’ soft-skinned complexion and perfectly coiffured curls fool you- the journalist turned asylum member is one tough cookie. Her style emulates her control as she approaches the steps of season two’s Briarcliff Manor in her moss green two-piece with complimenting roll neck and intricate ‘L’ brooch placed delicately on her lapel. Tailoring becomes her staple throughout the season and despite her period of committal, she regains stability in her life and goes on to publish a book about her experiences, making a fitting statement in a cobalt blue suit for the occasion.

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MYRTLE SNOW: HEAD WITCH


Myrtle Snow’s silky soft voice perfectly contrasts her fiery red tresses and no-nonsense attitude as the head of the witches council in season three, Coven. Snow’s legendary status and love of all things couture proceeds her as she is rarely seen without her cat eyed spectacles, tailored gloves and cigarette holder (a la Cruella de Vil). In one of her most iconic moments, she attends her own burning at the stake in a cascading red gown with black umbrella in hand- in her last words she screams out “Balenciaga!”. Never afraid to colour clash prints, Snow’s go-to pattern is lots of spots- from oversized bows to billowing gowns, the polka patterns are her staple.

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MAGGIE ESMERELDA: PHONY FORTUNE TELLER


Maggie Esmerelda oozes 50s glamour as she presents herself at Elsa’s travelling circus, her slightly skewed moral compass owing little resemblance to her polished appearance. Flowing Hollywood curls, statement rouge and tailored ribbed knits give an impression of composure, the perfect mask for her life as a con-artist in season four’s Freak Show. Often seen is short sleeved woollen pieces with crushed velvet skirts that exude femininity, her independence and self-made status (through crime) are symbolised in her choice of masculine trilbies.

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VIOLET HARMON: BROODING BABE


Dark and forever brooding, Violet Harmon of season one takes on the role of defiant teenager to a pair of dysfunctional parents. Her sardonic and largely solitary life lends itself to wear-forever clothing: mustard cardigans, understated floral dresses and fedoras provide her with a safe haven to pass unnoticed at school and ultimately at home where she meets all manner of the supernatural unbeknownst to her mother and father.

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ELSA MARS: RINGLEADER


German born Elsa Mars is a delusional fading starlet, a tortured woman who has nothing but a dying freak show to her name in season four. Her Blanche Du Bois-esque personality leads her to sugar-coat her dark past and hidden disability as she obsesses over the idea of becoming an international star- a dying light she constantly feeds off. Sultry silks, faux fur and tumbling feathers make up her personal style as her spotlight-ready wardrobe reflects a woman set on infamy.

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MISTY DAY: SWAMP QUEEN


A whimsical daydreamer with extraordinary power, Misty Day spends her days wandering her native swamps listening to Stevie Nicks on repeat. Her eccentricity and perpetual loneliness leads her to turn to nature, with her chaotic stance reflecting this. Untamed curls and feathers braided into her hair channel mystic Bohemia as the hand-me-down quality of her bowler hat and faded florals bare a certain charm.

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Publication New Look
Date                8/10/2015

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