Johnny Depp’s Iconic Movie Fashion

Just announced today! Johnny Depp will be honored with the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Generation Award live on Sunday night for his gigantic contribution to the film industry. Eeee! From Edward Scissorhands to Pirates of the Caribbean to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny has been the leading man in some of the most iconic films of all time. During his nearly 30-year long career, he has also sported some of the most show-stopping onscreen ensembles we have ever seen. The makeup in his Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter get-up ALONE is worthy enough of standing ovation, but hey, let’s take it alllll back to where it began—with some curly hair in a popular 1984 flick called A Nightmare on Elm Street.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Johnny Depp in ’A Nightmare on Elm Street.’
Photo: Courtesy of New Line Home Entertainment

Character: Glen Lantz
Costume Design by: Dana Lyman
The Look: A young, fresh-faced Johnny Depp showed off his preppier side in the horror flick by sporting a light blue and white color-blocked polo with a signature permed ’80s ’do. Also, THOSE. BROWS.

Cry-Baby (1990)

Johnny Depp in ’Cry-Baby.’
Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Character: Cry-Baby
Costume Design by: Van Smith
The Look: Johnny Depp played a bad boy sweetheart in an killer ’50s Greaser ensemble. He sported a leather motorcycle jacket over a plain white crew neck tee with light wash jeans and motorcycle boots. The most iconic part of this ensemble, though, was that lock of hair he let dangle between his chiseled cheekbones. *fans self*

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Johnny Depp in ’Edward Scissorhands.’
Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Character: Edward Scissorhands
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
The Look: We’re sure you’ve seen this outfit recreated COUNTLESS times around Halloween, but nothing compares to the Colleen Atwood original Johnny wore in the film. The wild black hair, purple-rimmed eyes and pale skin paired with his bondage-like all black ensemble totally reminds us of The Cure, and we ain’t mad at that! We give major props to the level of detail put into this outfit (I mean, LOOK at all those harnesses and buckles) and to the fact that Colleen made scissor hands look high fashion.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Johnny Depp in ’What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’
Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Character: Gilbert Grape
Costume Design by: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
The Look: Johnny’s small-town style reflected a relaxed and carefree working class man—he sported layered strawberry locks and bright button-up striped shirt under a khaki jacket. Also, could that hair any be more reminiscent of early ’90s fashion? Perfect.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Johnny Depp in ’Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’
Photo: Courtesy of Universal City Studios

Character: Raoul Duke
Costume Design by: Renee Julie Weiss
The Look: Channeling Hunter S. Thompson through a psychedelic lens in the 1970s ain’t easy, but Johnny nailed it with his on-point costume design. He wore a perfectly oddball, mostly khaki ensemble accented with accessories like yellow-tinted sunglasses, a bucket hat, bright white ankle socks, and Converse sneakers.

Blow (2001)

Johnny Depp in ’Blow.’
Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

Character: George Jung
Costume Design by: Mark Bridges
The Look: Johnny Depp dips his toes in another round of ’70s-era ensembles in the film Blow—this time as a rich drug dealer. He sported flashy platinum aviator sunglasses, a white ribbed turtleneck and a trench coat. He also grew some serious sideburns to complement his combed-back blonde locks. So sleek, so… ’70s.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Johnny Depp in ’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Character: Willy Wonka
Costume Design by: Gabriella Pescucci
The Look: Johnny plays the coolest (and kookiest) futuristic-meets-’60s-mod candy maker in town by sporting an iconic purple velvet coat that stayed true to the original film. He also wore an updated version of the top hat, cane, and chain, and swapped out the original Willy Wonka giant green bow tie with a sleek silver “W” initial brooch and paisley collar.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Johnny Depp in ’Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Character: Sweeney Todd
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
The Look: In his second (of many!) collaborations with Colleen Atwood, Johnny brings back his darker side as a black-haired Sweeney Todd. This time, though, he channels the Victorian era in a tight-fitting double-breasted velvet vest over a billowy white blouse paired with high-waisted pinstripe pants. Also, please note the cutoff fingertip gloves.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Johnny Depp in ’Alice in Wonderland.’
Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney

Character: Mad Hatter
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
The Look: So, this is the best costume ever. Sorry, we had to say it because, um, LOOK AT HIM. Colleen completely transformed Johnny (again) for his Mad Matter role in white and hot pink makeup look complete with lime green eyes AND lashes. Amaze. His wild fiery hair peeked out from under a deconstructed top hat paired with an over-sized patterned bow tie and suit coat. *bows down*

Dark Shadows (2012)

Johnny Depp in ’Dark Shadows.’
Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Character: Barnabas Collins
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
The Look: Johnny and Colleen teamed up AGAIN for this year’s Dark Shadows film, in which Johnny plays an 18th century vampire who re-emerges in 1972. YEP. He sported sharp black bangs with pale skin (duh) and a high-collar shirt under a double-breasted pinstripe suit.

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-????)

Johnny Depp in ’Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’
Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney

Character: Captain Jack Sparrow
Costume Design by: Penny Rose
The Look: Ever since this movie hit theaters in 2003, there’s been a continued obsession with seeing Captain Jack Sparrow’s beaded dreadlocks and braided goatee on the big screen. Due for their 5th installment of the series next year (with a 6th on the way), we have to say he’s making QUITE the fashion legacy in his swash-buckling pirate ensemble. Here he’s seen in his signature double-layered brocade coat ensemble paired with multiple belts to hold his weaponry. And, of course, he’s never without his tricorne pirate hat and seriously sparkly hand jewelry.


Watch the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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