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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Fashion-forward killer: Villanelle, costuming and queer style in Killing Eve
Author(s): Gilligan, S.
Collins, J.
Keywords: Killing Eve
lesbian style
queer style
television drama
Issue Date: Oct-2021
Date Deposited: 15-Dec-2021
Citation: Gilligan S & Collins J (2021) Fashion-forward killer: Villanelle, costuming and queer style in Killing Eve. Film Fashion and Consumption, 10 (2), pp. 353-376.
Abstract: Costuming within the BBC television drama series Killing Eve (2018‐) functions as a spectacular dressing-up box to support the representation of Villanelle (Jodie Comer) as the glamorous globe-trotting assassin. This article will argue that Villanelle’s fashion-forward wardrobe offers a multifarious representation of contemporary queer styling. Her costuming is characterized by gender fluidity and a play with the dominant codes and signifiers of lesbian style and identity. Villanelle’s looks move beyond the stereotyped constraints of the butch-femme binary to construct a polymorphous representation of femininity with broad cross-over appeal. In offering a striking silhouette that draws attention away from the material body onto costuming, Villanelle’s representation highlights the fluidity of gendered and sexual identities. Her costuming may appear to reduce Villanelle to a series of surface appearances, yet these iterations result in a significant queer representation on mainstream contemporary television.
DOI Link: 10.1386/ffc_00030_1
Rights: This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence (
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