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An ode to Ezra Miller's fashion sense – the style icon we all need

The actor has become the style icon we all need

Olivia Petter
Monday 30 September 2019 07:30 BST
Ezra Miller with third eye make-up at Met Gala 2019

Ezra Miller's status as a sartorial renegade has been gathering pace in recent months, but his ranking reached new heights at this year's Met Gala.

The annual event's "Camp" theme might as well have been chosen in honour of the American actor, who arrived covering his face with a mask of, um, his own face, only to then reveal his true profile, which was dotted with surrealist eyes.

Complete with a swish of scarlet lipstick, a bouffant hairdo and a rhinestone corset, Miller's look was a theatrical display of flamboyance, artistry, ebullience, and everything in between.

The 26-year-old has been hailed for his weird and wonderful ensembles in the past, which subvert sartorial norms and championing a gender-neutral way of dressing.

Miller ​has worn everything from floor-length puffer coats to feathered capes on the red carpet and pulled it all off with aplomb, making him one of the most sought after celebrities by designers, with everyone from Givenchy to Valentino battling to dress the actor.

Miller has been on the Hollywood scene for some time: film fans will recall his stellar performance in the 2011 film We Need to Talk about Kevin. He also played a small but memorable role in Amy Schumer’s comedy, Trainwreck, which came out in 2015.

But the New Jersey-born actor acquired a new kind of mainstream fame after he played the ominous character of Credence in the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, which forms part of a series of Harry Potter prequels written by JK Rowling.

He’s spent the last few weeks doing the promotional rounds for The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the franchise, and has cemented himself as a bona fide fashion darling with his idiosyncratic and playful looks, all of which are a far cry from the average male celebrity’s wardrobe.

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For the world premiere in Paris, the quirky film star struck a startling silhouette in a full-length hooded puffer dress from Moncler’s collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli, which prompted a sea of praise on social media.

Was it a reconstructed duvet? Was it a "sassy sleeping bag"? Or, was it alien garb sent down to earth from another planet? These are the kinds of questions that keep Miller’s fans coming back for more. and making copious memes.

Some people praised the outfit, which Miller paired with dark red lipstick, for its sheer eccentricity, while others lauded the actor for veering away from gender norms and shunning the tradition suit and tie uniform that dominates men’s red carpet fashion.

For the London premiere, the actor opted for an all-white Givenchy couture ensemble, complete with a feathered cape and silver eye makeup.

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A few fans said the actor was channelling his inner Hedwig, the famous owl character from the Harry Potter books, a theory which was supported by several Twitter users. Miller did not clarify whether or not this was his intention.

Most recently, he made headlines for starring in a photoshoot for Playboy, in which he dons the magazine’s famous bunny ears in a number of flamboyant gowns and jumpsuits, pairing them with stiletto heels and fishnet tights, naturally.

To say the images were well-received would be a drastic understatement.

“Ezra Miller is an angel on this Earth that we don’t deserve,” wrote one person on Twitter.

“How blessed are we all to exist at the same time as all of these pictures of Ezra Miller,” enthused another.

One flick through our gallery of Miller’s best fashion moments and you’ll see the actor has been a savvy clotheshorse since his We Need to Talk about Kevin days, but it’s only recently that his wardrobe has become particularly wacky, prompting a number of fashion designers to take notice.

It’s been a long time since a celebrity has amassed such a cult following thanks to their dress sense; not since the days of Lady Gaga’s famous meat dress has the red carpet seen the level of sartorial playfulness Miller is duly providing.

In a world where the reading the news feels a bit bleak and the political landscape seems more volatile than ever, stars like Miller are needed now more than ever to offer up a slice of sweetness and light amid the doom and gloom.

Long may his reign as a style king, queen and everything in between continue.

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