With his natural elegance, gentlemanly demeanor and good looks, coupled with a passion for design, Jeremy Irons emerged as a style icon in the early 1980s. The image of the Academy Award–winning English actor — which, of course, has been shaped by his work in film and TV — still holds enduring appeal. Let’s take a peek at some fashions and accoutrements drawn from a few of his classic roles.
In 1981, Irons became internationally famous playing Charles Ryder in this 11-episode television series based on Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name. Brideshead Revisited’s lush world inspired fashion designers and interior decorators, who adapted the show’s vision of aristocratic style. Viewers hosted Brideshead dress-up parties, and some even began carrying stuffed bears.