Literature’s 10 Best-Dressed Characters

Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray


Ben Barnes as the title character in Dorian Gray (2009)

This fin-de-siècle dandy hides a dark secret: While his face stays young and beautiful, a hidden portrait shows his true, festering and debauched, soul.

Oscar Wilde writes: “That evening, at eight-thirty, exquisitely dressed, and wearing a large button-hole of Parma violets, Dorian Gray was ushered into Lady Narborough’s drawing-room by bowing servants.”