Magnus Bane can be described as many things: powerful, compassionate, kind-hearted, badass. Apart from that, he is clearly the best-dressed character on the show. SDN took a closer look at the many different styles Magnus has worn in the past two seasons, and eyed up some of our favorites.
Magnus has lived through more centuries than he likes to admit and has seen even more fashion trends come and go during that time. The costume designers on the show have made use of that fact several times during the past two seasons and included elements from many different eras into Magnus’ wardrobe. What’s also very interesting about Magnus’ style is that he seems to express himself through his wardrobe - and quite literally wears his heart on his sleeve more often than not.
With the help of our graphic designer and very own fashion expert Isabela, we took a trip down memory lane and examined some of the best creations worn by the High Warlock of Brooklyn.
1x01: Party at Pandemonium
If Magnus knows one thing, it’s how to make a first impression. This was the outfit he wore during his very first appearance on the show and saying he owned the moment would be the understatement of the century. The combination of suit jacket, half unbuttoned shirt and necklaces radiates confidence. As with many of Magnus’ outfits, there seems to be a hidden message in this supposedly random mixture of styles and patterns. The rough, almost reptile pattern of his pants poses a stark contrast to the soft shirt and the chains on his belt and jacket. The open buttons of that shirt could be interpreted as Magnus being open to new experiences and acquaintances, while his bare chest underneath shows some kind of vulnerability. At the same time, the chains around his neck represent that something is holding him back from becoming the open-hearted man we see him evolving into as the show progresses.
2x02: Black and white to travel the world
It’s a pretty casual outfit for Magnus, less elaborate than we are used to, but still very stylish. We are in love with the light fabric and the nice black and white pattern. Once Magnus arrives in India, we see him wear a matching jacket as well, which seems to be inspired by the so-called “justacorps” coats, a knee-length piece worn by men in the late 1700s. The high collar and the many buttons along the seams resemble those jackets quite a lot. Add a few necklaces and subtle eyeliner to that and you got yourself a toned down, yet very classy Magnus Bane look.
1x12: Army colors to fight for his love
There are two possible interpretations for this particular choice of jacket: The first one would be a little act of rebellion, as Magnus didn’t approve at all of Alec’s engagement to Lydia. Showing up at the Institute dressed in something that was once considered unprofessional might be his own way of expressing that disapproval. On the other hand, the green jacket might also be an attempt of looking bold and detached - even though he clearly loosened his attire up a bit by adding the chains and spikes to the plain green jacket. Despite all his personal ties to Clary, her friends and the emotional turmoil they might be causing him, Magnus came to the Institute to do business, after all.
Obviously we like the first explanation better, which is partly due to a little detail we have left out so far: the color of the jacket. It’s a military green, commonly used for uniforms worn by people who were going into battle for something they believed to be right. And we sure love the idea that Magnus picked this particular color since he was also getting ready to fight - for Alec.
1x12: Epic outfits for epic moments
1x07: Gorgeous in gold
The biggest eye catcher with this outfit is certainly the burgundy shirt with its intricate gold details. While it is really hard to tell what those details are made of, we narrowed it down to two possibilities. It could be either devoré, which is a French technique that uses chemicals in order to burn parts of the fabric to create patterns, or some kind of embroidery. Magnus combined the outfit with gold eyeliner, highlights in the same color and matching jewelry. Gold is usually associated with luxury and richness, but also with knowledge and light. Both interpretations suit the circumstances the outfit was seen in, as Magnus has both the skills to save Luke and to enlighten Clary about her family. And let’s face it - after hundreds of years on earth, he’s probably super rich as well.
2x20: High fashion upgraded
As much history as Magnus’ outfits may have sometimes, for the season finale, the costume designers went for something more recent. The gray jacket he wears while hunting down the dragon demons alongside Alec and Isabelle is from a recent John Varvatos collection. In order to fit Magnus’ taste, the jacket has been altered a bit and got new buttons and a few more details on the shoulders in order to give the jacket a tad of an army look. By the way, did we mention that we love the idea of Magnus altering his clothes as soon as he doesn’t like them anymore?
Due to the season 2 finale being such a fast, exciting episode, it was difficult to get a good look at Magnus’ outfit altogether. But the jacket in combination with the dark shirt and the layers gave us some serious 1700s vibes, and we are so here for it.
1x11: Chalk stripes for defending Izzy
2x09: Stylish by the light of dawn
2x15: Textile armor
2x18: Purple and painful
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