Hannibal S1, Ep10 – Buffet Froid
Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) vinyl kill suit is first seen at the end of episode 10 when he is caught in the act of killing Dr. Sutcliffe by Georgia. Thanks to the Prop Store auction we know this custom made suit,
features Velcro on the cuffs and a zipper up the front of the suit. Various ventilation holes are present along the back and inner left thigh.
It does seem strange that a suit of this nature would come with any ventilation holes considering it’s purpose. Naturally one is reminded of a similar suit Christian Bale wore as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. This one despite the ventilation is far more practical as it at leasts covers the shoes.
The iconic Bateman suit spawned many a halloween outfit and even a Funko Pop. Bateman’s vinyl kill suit barely sacrifices practicality for fashion. It doesn’t have the adjustable waistband so has a natural boxy drape. However, the vinyl is matted and has two large square patch pockets by the waist with white stud fastens on the pockets and placket, which at least makes it more interesting to look at.
Hannibal is wearing my favourite silk paisley tie beneath his kill suit, which is not surprising. Hannibal knew Dr. Sutcliffe well and it would make sense that he would be wearing his normal suits when in his company, and then possibly dressing in the kill suit to mutilate him. Hannibal’s vinyl kill suit will feature again in Season 2, although I have not watched it yet. The suit sold for $600 at auction.
Credits & Disclaimer
All screen grabs taken from the Hannibal Series currently streaming on Amazon Prime.