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    OH Rocky! How could you?

    bfi-00n-59hDid you know?  Peter Hinwood (born 17 May 1946) was an English actor. Hinwood worked as both a photographer and a professional model while he was pursuing his acting career. Hinwood is mostly noted for his film appearance as the well-oiled, muscular and mostly mute creation Rocky Horror in the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky’s singing voice was dubbed in post-production by Australian singer Trevor White.  Mr. Hinwood is currently a London antiques dealer.

    Creation Scene:

    Blond wig.

    • Sort of a shag Beatle haircut. Bangs cover most of forehead; hair covers half of ears and comes halfway down nape of neck.
    • 6 pieces: 2 arm pieces, 2 leg pieces, chest wraps, and head cover.
    • The front part of the chest wrap comes down so just a little of the wrappings on his briefs show.
    • The leg wraps should cover the boots (Rocky’s feet are covered).
    • The arm wraps cover the back of the hands and the palms and wrap around the thumb, leaving the thumb and fingers free.
    • An authentic set of Rocky wraps are fastened with string run through loops down the arms and legs.
    • TIP:  Try cut-off sleeves and legs from a white sweatsuit with sewn-on bandages, split and velcroed, or Ace bandages (hard to take off in time).
    • For a detailed description of Rocky’s wraps and how to make them, go to MAKE PAGE FOR WRAPS

    GRockyold leather briefs.

    • Short Front:  The top of the briefs is at mid-hip and just covers the pubic hair (the entire “Treasure Trail” is visible) and (most of) the crack of the butt. There is a row of stitching maybe half an inch from the edge of the waist and around the legs, but it’s nearly covered with a narrow strip of leather with the edges sewn under (think of bias tape) to cover the raw edges. I suspect these strips functions as casing for elastic, as it is gathered. It’s difficult to get the shorts tight enough if they’re not elasticized, but if you want to try it, you could skip the edging and just put in a row of stitching if you like. There is a cursive “R” in red/purple/pink rhinestones, set with metal prongs, on the front left hip.
    • Back:  In back the briefs are cut to cover the seat. The back of the shorts is made up of 4 pieces: there are two seams that go from the top center diagonally across his ass to the leghole (at about the center of each cheek). There is a a 1″ strip of material which runs (presumably over the ass-crack seam) all the way from the waistband between the buttocks, all the way to the crotch of the shorts, where it meets the two inner leg seams. This strip is tight and close to the ass but it moves like it isn’t sewed down in the center. Given what’s said in the Sotheby’s catalog, chances are very good it’s another strap. There is also a seam from the crotch of the shorts which finishes in front over Rocky’s bulge, shaping the shorts so they’ll fit over it.
    • Sides: The legholes are not high-cut on the sides (which are nearly as wide as the front). On both sides of Rocky’s shorts here is a wide vertical strip (about 1″ wide) between the stitching at the waist and at the leg. (Yes, they are sewn into the stitching and not into the bias-tape like edging. I checked on the shorts at the Hard Rock.) This strip is attached to the shorts only at its top and bottom lines of stitching, nowhere in the middle, like an epaulet.

    Short Notes:

    • Rockys, PLEASE pad your shorts. Sue Blane padded Peter Hinwood’s (he confirmed this in an interview). You can’t see Rocky’s equipment through the shorts on screen, and as a costume judge, I have seen far too many Rocky shorts with every detail visible right through the fabric.
    • Detail of the "R"

      Detail of the “R”

      If you just want your shorts to look like they do in the film, note the photos above for rhinestone placement. You can see some of the darker rhinestones in with the red ones – see what the “R” looks like in the one shot the camera gets close enough to see them. Beautiful things, rhinestones–but they can look just about any color when they catch the light. On the print, they look sort of blue, but the Hard Rock shorts show the dark rhinestones as violet. If you want to include the darker rhinestones, see the placement in the Myrtle Beach photos up above. In the on-screen shot, the darker rhinestones look to be: second from the left in the leading “tail” to the left of the “R”in the top of the loop the top stone in the trailing leg, just below the loop in the trailing leg to the right of the “R” (one of the bottom two stones).

    • To see a (black and white) image of the shorts with a description from the Sotheby’s catalog in 1994, click here (many thanks to Larry Viezel for the photo).
    • The waist appears to be lightly elasticized, and Sotheby’s concurs. I believe this pair is the pair displayed at the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Cafe. Sue Blane said at the Orlando Rocky Horror Family Vacation convention in October 2001 that there were several pairs of shorts (5 or 6). Did all of them have identical rhinestones? Who knows.
    • I recommend you go here: loads of color photos of the shorts on display at the Myrtle Beach, SC Hard Rock Cafe! Thanks to Dawn Henline. The site even includes a diagram for proper rhinestone placement. (I think I saw a few more violet rhinestones than this site notes, but it is darn hard to tell the pink and purple ones apart even when you are looking right at them.)
    • FOR THE LADIES: a tip for female Rockys: Alicia “Quad” Wallace suggests that if you plan to wear a bra top, use an unpadded underwire and or you may fall out. Tube tops tend to slip and aren’t recommended.
    • TIP:  In a pinch, buy gold boxers and wear them over your Floor Show underwear, tucking in the legs, buy a gold swimsuit (about $50), or search lingerie catalogs. Spraypainted underwear looks awful, though I’ve seen some spraypainted swimsuits that look OK. Be careful if you make your own shorts–gold lamé is fragile and may not survive even one show. Many people have had good luck with gold swimsuit material.

    Gold boxing boots with white laces.

    • Close up detail.

      Close up detail.

      Should be mid-calf, almost no heel. 13 eyelets. Note: these are old-style boxing boots with thin soles.

    • Tongues are higher than the tops of the boots; the toe caps are a separate piece of material.
    • A thin reinforcing strip (also gold) runs up the back of the boots over the back seam. You can spraypaint army boots or high tops (don’t forget to touch it up – it starts flaking quickly), or buy gold Doc Martens (pricey).
    • If you’re willing to spend money, check out our Links page; we bought some gorgeous authentic gold boxing boots from Boxing Classics.
      TIP: Wear your fishnets, rolled down, in your boots to save time changing later.
    • TIP: If you’re a real do-it-yourselfer, a friend of mine used her Chuck Taylor hightops as a pattern and made boxing boots using footie pajama fabric for the soles. She used a grommet setter to set grommets, lined lamé with sturdy fabric, and stitched it all together. She cut two layers of padding for cushioning. (One could also use one layer and put in the insoles from an old pair of shoes.) I don’t know how they’ll hold up, but they’ve made it through several months already and they look really good.

     Weights:

    • You can make weights out of white doweling, styrofoam, plastic wrap, and red ribbon.
    • Or use real weights (they’re cheap!), but be sure they don’t roll on the stage or get dropped on anyone.

    Touch a Touch Me!

    White rags:

    • 2 white rags (one lace-edged) as bandages (if Janet doesn’t provide them).
    • One is tied lace side up on Rocky’s right arm above the elbow; there is also a bandage on his left hand.

    Floorshow:

    Rocky’s Floorshow Boa:

    • Red, black and yellow netting boa (mostly red and black).
    • FIELD RESEARCH:  I don’t know what the fabric is; Sue Blane notes it was “cheap, synthetic fabric, overlocked on the edges.” Sparkle tulle works well and it’s cheap. Jaimie Froemming recommends organza, and Gene Chiovari favors organdy. The material is shiny and stiff, with sharp pleats. Edged with black overcast stitch; Jen Hoffman and Jaimie Froemming recommend “woolly nylon serger thread,” which looks great, though after examining an original floor show boa, I’m sure that it’s not what Sue used. There is a black tassel or two on each end and the ends tumblr_m9uv2v09ZT1qditd8o1_1280have obviously been weighted.
    • DIRECTION: Drop boa as you “wake up” before the pool scene–make sure it is out of the way for kick line.

    Sequined black front-lace corset

    • 16 eyelets per side.
    • Laced at the bottom.
    • For photos of Rocky’s corset, look here (front view), here (right side), and here (left side). More photos can be found here.
    • Note that the Floor Show men wear the same corsets as the women, but upside-down–the top of the men’s corsets is straight, while the top of the women’s is pointed.

    Gauntlets

    • Fingerless over-the-elbow seamed fishnet sleeve (left arm).
    • Red sequined over-the-elbow gauntlet edged around the top with faded red/pink feather trim (right arm)
    • The gauntlet covers the top of the hand, coming to a point which is hooks over the middle finger with a white thread loop. You’ll need to use elastic to keep it from sliding down your arm.
    • TIP: Cut up a cheap boa for the feathers. (Please don’t use marabou.) Some band supply stores actually sell sequined gauntlets.

    Underwear / Stockings / Shoes

    • Black underwear (for Floor Show). Wear under gold briefs. There is no excuse for wearing your gold shorts for Floor Show. C’mon, can’t you afford a pair of black briefs?
    • Seamed fishnet stockings
    • Black satin garter belt with crinkly metallic red straps (3 per side) and black findings.
    • Black patent high heeled pumps.
    • FIELD RESEARCH: They wore 4″ or 5″ heels. 2 1/2″ look good, are less dangerous and cheaper. Rocky does not wear shoes when he picks up Frank to climb the RKO radio tower.

     

    This man has no NECK! The Criminologist.

    Did you know?
    Charles Gray (29 August 1928 – 7 March 2000) was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, Sherlock Holmes’s brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and of course as the Criminologist in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

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    • Chuckie parts his thin silver hair on the right.
    • No sideburns; hair is short in front of ears where sideburns would be.
    • Hair is swept from right to left over top of head, no bangs visible, well clear of forehead and hair is short that enough tops of ears are bare.
    • Hair has a slight wave to it.

    Cigarette in black holder.

    • The part of the holder that Crim grips in his teeth is black; the part which holds the cigarette is silver. He holds this in his right hand during his first appearance with the book, and grips it in his teeth during the segment where he points at the Time Warp instructions.

    Deep red ascot with black faceted beads and piping.

      • Two layers, with a black tassel at the tip of each, extending down to mid-chest (don’t make it too long, please).
      • The piping forms a central design, with a wavy vertical line on each side, accented with the beads.
      • The wavy lines don’t extend quite as close to his neck as the central motif. Bottom edge of the ascot is scalloped (3 scallops outlined with very small smooth seed beads).
      • TIP: Make the ascot out of a red handkerchief/scarf or a wide tie (not satin, please).
      • RESEARCH: I thought for years that the ascot was decorated with sequins (and if your first Crim ascot is made with sequins, more power to you!), but on the DVD they definitely look convex, not concave, and this is backed up by a photo Larry Viezel was kind enough to send. They are definitely faceted from the way they catch the light – and check out those tiny seed beads outlining the bottom! So for detail freaks, reach for rhinestones/beads.
    Crim's ascot- thanks, Larry!

    Crim’s ascot- thanks, Larry!

    • The best color picture of this is in the booklet that comes with the 15th anniversary box set and you’re looking at it in full color on this page–note the beading pattern and the lapels of Crim’s jacket.

    Gray velveteen jacket with black velvet lower lapels and white hankie stuffed in left breast pocket.

    • Worn unbuttoned.
    • There is a dark gray/black frog or toggle closure just below the lapels, the knot/toggle on his right side, with the loop on his left.
    • 3 velvet-covered buttons per sleeve (same shade as jacket), placed very closely together.
    • Vertical center backseam; 2 vents on jacket back. Lined in gray satin.
    • There’s a bound diagonal slash (welt) pocket on other side of the front bottom of the jacket.

    White dress vest (waistcoat).

    • Fastens at bottom with 7 small white fabric-covered buttons with shanks.

    Shirt and accessories.

    • White pleated dress shirt with wing tux collar.
    • Round black cufflinks with gold rims.
    • Stiff cuffs.

    Black pants

    • Pants are worn without belt.

    Shoes and socks

    • Black shoes and socks.

    EXTRA CREDIT ACCESSORIES

    • Time Warp instructions and wooden pointer. Pointer has a dark brown cylindrical handle. The instructions would look great on a pull-down window shade.
    • Black hardbound book (may be dark green; I’m looking into this). Long; may be 8.5×14 inches. “THE DENTON AFFAIR” is embossed in gold above the center of the cover in a serif font. There are 6 evenly-spaced gold horizontal stripes on the spine, a vertical line at the edge of the spine binding, which extends onto the front and back cover. The spine may be a slightly more textured black, or it may be a dark green marbled paper. Gold diagonal lines edge triangles of a dark green marbled reinforcement over the two outer corners on the front and back covers.
    • Squat clear cut-glass tumbler.  Crim fondles during “Food” speech. Looks like an “Old Fashioned”/”On the Rocks” glass.
    • Light-up globe.  TIP:  Light up globes run $50 and up new. Arthur Levesque suggests buying a plastic inflatable globe and lighting it from underneath or behind tumblr_mpnerdqcDZ1qditd8o1_1280.

    Just walkin’ down the street – COLUMBIA

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    Time Warp:

    Gold sequined top hat with black scrunched hatband.

    • The sequins run in parallel wavy lines, vertical on the “stovepipe” part of the hat, and running front to back on the top and brim.
    • The brim curves upward on the sides and flares ever so slightly at the top (like a leprechaun hat).
    • Both the top and underside of the brim are sequined. Hat is lined in black. TIP: Costume shops may have real sequined top hats or cheap glitter ones you can convert (also check party supply stores). If all else fails, buy a tophat at a formalwear shop and sequin it.
    • The hatband is a matte grosgrain (narrow vertical ribs) and NOT sequined. There is a flat bow on the left side of the hat (look during throne scene).  TIP: A black hairband makes a good stopgap hatband and really dresses up a plain gold hat.

    tumblr_n2v1f184bC1s90rvzo1_500Short red wig, parted on the left.

    • You may have to buy a longer wig and trim it. Note that the hair is cut very close at the back of the head, with the hair from the top of the head cut in a blunt cut at the level of about two-thirds of the way down Nell’s ears. Practically speaking, if you’re wearing a wig, you’ll have to keep it longer in back. But make sure the front isn’t too long. Nell touched hers up with Crazy Color, but you should be able to find a wig in any color you need.

    Gold sequined tailcoat with black sequined, un-notched (shawl) lapels.

    • tumblr_mo915wBJl61qgxy6bo1_500The tailcoat is short in front with swallowtail tails in back. The transition from the front of the jacket to the tails is abrupt, not gradual.
    • Lined in black; no cuffs.
    • The sequins run in wavy parallel lines and have a yellow tone.
    • The sequins on the sleeves flow down vertically from the sleeves (so when her arms are down, the lines are straight up and down).
    • On the front, the sequins flow in downward diagonal lines at about a 30 degree angle down from the horizontal.
    • The undersides of the lapels are fully covered with the sequined material.
    • There are two black buttons placed horizontally above the tails, and two black plastic buttons placed vertically below the lapels on each side.
    • TIP:  Cover a jacket with sequined material, or make one (look for Uncle Sam costume patterns around Halloween or the Fourth of July). If your jacket has no tails, sew black tails to the jacket and cover with sequined fabric. (Elaine Truver created a little sketch of how to do this.) elaine_tranny_coatYes, you can buy the Official Costume, but the jacket really is crap – can’t you do better?
    • COL8

    Pink sequined double bow-tie on a black scrunched elastic strap.

    • Bowtie is sequined only on the front, not the back. (Base material is pink.) The band looks sequined, though it’s hard to tell.

    When Brad and Janet are being undressed, Columbia wears a:

    Black dog collar with white iridescent rhinestones.

    • 5 rhinestones on each side; small gold ring in the center. Black leather; buckles in back with a gold buckle. There is a line of stitching at the edge of the collar, above and below the rhinestones.
    • TIP: Each rhinestone is centered in a little sunburst-shaped gold frame, making it look as if the stone is surrounded by 8 tiny gold studs. Gluing yours on? Paint in with puffy paint.
    • DIRECTION: Remove jacket, tie and hat after Frank exits ballroom to lab. Wear dog collar under bow-tie for quick change.

    Blue ring.

    • Worn on left hand ring finger throughout the entire film. Flat dark blue band (enamel?), flanked on each side with silver edging. This could easily be made with blue nailpolish on a plain silver band (idea from Sera Lysea).

    Sequined bustier.

    • Sequins are red, green, silver, blue, and gold, and are attached to a black bustier with white lining. Top and bottom of the bustier are edged with black fabric/bias tape. (Multisequined fabric used to be sold by the yard; it is very difficult to find nowadays. If you find it commercially, buy it immediately. Or get some of Larry’s custom-made material.)
    • Sequins are flat, not cup style.
    • The top comes to a point above each breast, and the waist dips to a point in the middle. Fastens in the back with hooks and eyes, though a zipper is more practical for quick changes.
    • TIP:  Do not sequin the cups separately from the rest of the bustier. It won’t look right.
    • TIP:  Don’t glue the sequins on, either, unless you want them on only temporarily.

    Black satin shorts with metallic ribbon stripes.

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    Columbia's shorts, right front pocket

    Columbia’s shorts, right front pocket

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    • The easiest way to get a good large photo of the stripes is to buy Poster Magazine Vol 1 No. 2. Unfortunately, the large photo only shows the right front of the shorts.
    • Ribbons are metallic (try lamé), and quite narrow, narrower than her fingers. (I don’t know why, but many Columbias put gigantic stripes an inch wide or more on their shorts.) DO hem them under instead of leaving raw edges; lamé will fray in a second and over time it fades. DO NOT just glue the ribbons on except possibly as a temporary measure; sew them down or they will come off. Note: The ribbons are different widths and are not evenly spaced!
    • The legs are turned up once to form a cuff. There is a gap between the cuffs at the side seam; this can be clearly seen on the July 1995 Mick Rock calendar. This means that there is a V-shaped notch at the side seam; the two edges of the cuffs have not been sewn together.
    • Pockets are jeans-style, with a pointed patch pocket on each cheek, and 2 “pork chop” front cutaway pockets. Both pockets and the cuffs have ribbon stripes, too, which don’t line up with the ribbons on the shorts.
    • TIP: Becky Milanio (of Indecent Exposure) says that if you make the shorts, lay out the shorts pattern, sew on the stripes and then make the shorts. Jen White adds that if you sew ribbons on a pair of shorts, picking a pair of shorts which are already striped will help you get them straight. If you must buy the Official Costume, why not improve it by sewing stripes over the crappy printed ones?
    • Note:  Columbia does not wear a white belt. Her bustier turns up during Time Warp, revealing white lining – hit pause. The white lining with black strips of boning can be seen on the laundry line when Dr. Scott comes through her bedroom.
    • TIP:  I’ve had several Columbias tell me that the best way to find metallic ribbon is to hit the fabric stores’ after-Christmas sales. See the links page for ideas. If you just use strips of lamé, for heaven’s sake, hem them or they will ravel. And know that for some reason red lamé fades really fast.

    Black satin underwear. (for Floor Show)

    Seamed fishnet pantyhose / Socks / Tap Shoes

    • The crotch seams show beneath her shorts (not a rip). (This is easiest to see when she’s rolling around on the floor with Eddie.) Some people recommend buying dancer’s fishnets with Lycra, which is pricey but less prone to rip or bag.
    • Light ribbed blue socks (worn cuffed).  Socks are light blue during the Time Warp and darker after she steps out of the elevator.
    • Black tap shoes with cup sequins, rounded side out (so they’re convex, not concave).
      • Shoes are spangled with blue and possibly silver/white sequins. (The sequins are not that big–don’t use oversized ones.) If you can get a good photo, please send it to me.
      • RESEARCH:  I thought these were rhinestones for years, but after looking at the Mick Rock book, I think they’re sequins. bttrpr on the rhpscostumes Livejournal list asked if they were sequins or rhinestones; thank you! Check out images of her left and right shoe.
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      • TIP:  Try gluing on with washable fabric glue, which will flex instead of crack (Try E600). Topcoat shoes with shellac or something to discourage shedding.  
    • Instep strap (buttons, though a buckle will look close; not a ribbon tie), “Mary Jane” style, ~1.5″ heel. Tap shoe manufacturers sometimes refer to these as “character shoes,” particularly when sold without the taps. See the links page for sources of tap shoes. Some Columbias prefer to buy their shoes without taps as they’re about half the price and much less noisy. Some get one of each, enjoying the racket during Time Warp and then changing.

    Creation Scene:

    • Cotton lab apron,
    • Rubber(?) pink mask, and big scissors. (see Magenta)
    • White cylindrical glass jar with gold rim.

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    • DIRECTION: Remove shorts, bustier, shoes, socks, fishnets and collar. You can put on Floor Show corset, garterbelt and stockings underneath your PJ’s to save time. Columbia has wiped off her eyebrows, eyeshadow, rouge and beauty mark. She still wears lipstick.

     Light flannel men’s white/blue striped pajamas.

    • Vertical light blue, dark blue and white stripes.
    • The pants have a white drawstring waist; the pant legs are a little short.
    • The shirt buttons down the front (white plastic buttons).
    • The sleeves are too long.
    • The left shoulder is ripped, and there are a couple of rips on the right side, including a rip where her right nipple peeks through when she gets up at dinner and when she pulls the shirt down at Frank in the lab.
    • There is a vertical rip at Columbia’s right hip.
    • Columbia wears the pajama top mostly unbuttoned with no bra.

    Black plastic Mickey Mouse

    • Black plastic Mickey Mouse ears on black felt cap (no embroidered name; no Disney logo–peel it off).
    • DIRECTION: Falls off when Magenta blow dries Columbia the first time.

    Open-toed black high-heeled mules.

    • Slight platform. Mules are lounging slippers which don’t cover the heel. They don’t have marabou trim like classic lounging slippers (check her feet during “Ring around the lesbians” and as she comes down the ramp for her “I loved you” speech). Columbia kicks them off when she jumps on Magenta.

    EXTRA CREDIT:

    • Magazine. You won’t need this unless your cast does the “ring around the lesbians” bit where Dr. Scott circles Magenta and Columbia. Columbia is reading Movie Life. Time to hit eBay…or ask Mina Credeur (Columbia’s Closet) for a reproduction.
    • Bottle of red nail polish.  Circular-shaped bottle with white cap.

     Dinner:

    • Button your pajama top most of the way up.
    • Put mouse ears and mules back on. Wear mouse ears through “Eddie’s Teddy” solo.

    After Planet Schmanet:

    • Remove mouse ears.

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    Columbia’s Floor Show Boa

    •  Red and black and yellow netting boa (mostly red and black).  Photos of an original boa, supposedly Columbia’s, are here.
    • I don’t know what the fabric is; Sue Blane notes it was “cheap, synthetic fabric, overlocked on the edges.” Sparkle tulle works well and it’s cheap.
    • TIP: Jaimie Froemming recommends organza, and Gene Chiovari favors organdy. The material is shiny and stiff, with sharp pleats. Edged with black overcast stitch; Jen Hoffman and Jaimie Froemming recommend “woolly nylon serger thread,” which looks great, though after examining an original floor show boa, I’m sure that it’s not what Sue used. There is a black tassel or two on each end and the ends have obviously been weighted.
    • DIRECTION: Drop boa as you “wake up” before the pool scene–make sure it is out of the way for kick line.

    Sequined black front-lace corset.

    • Note: Columbia’s corset ties at the top, although everyone else’s ties at the bottom.
    • The unsequined corset Nell was photographed in with her hand behind her head (13 eyelets) is the corset that was used for the Floor Show (for the record, the underwear isn’t), and the September 2005 photo in the Mick Rock calendar clearly shows 13 eyelets. Columbia’s corset appears to be a 14-panel corset, with 6 strips of boning on each side. Corsets fasten up the back with hooks (quite clear on Columbia).
    • Sequins decorate both the top and bottom of the corset along the edges, with little dripping stalactites (from the top) and stalagmites (from the bottom). The sequins are sparse on the sides; on the front and back of the corset the sequins are more closely spaced (but still show plenty of black space), spangled in a rough “dripping” hourglass shape, with the most sequins at the top and bottom, with very few, very spread out in the middle. Don’t overdo it; a solid hourglass of sequins on the front of a black corset looks very silly. Unlike Janet, Columbia has more sequins along the top of her corset than along the bottom, at least in front.

    Gauntlets

    • Fingerless over-the-elbow seamed fishnet sleeve (left arm).
    • Red sequined over-the-elbow gauntlet edged around the top with faded red/pink feather trim (right arm).
    • The gauntlet covers the top of the hand, coming to a point which is hooked over the middle finger with a white thread loop. Use elastic to keep it from sliding down your arm. Cut up a cheap boa for the feathers. (Please don’t use marabou.) Some band supply stores actually sell sequined gauntlets.

    Underwear / Fishnets / Heels

    • Black satin undies, seamed fishnet stockings, black satin garter belt with crinkly metallic red straps (3 per side) and black findings
    • The fishnets also have just a few sequins on them. (Some people say rhinestones; they look flat to me–check Dr. Scott’s when Riff threatens him at the end of the film.)
    • Black patent high heeled pumps.  They wore 5″ heels (at least Barry said so). 2 1/2″ look good, are less dangerous and cheaper.

    Hey ASSHOLE! Brad Majors!

    For large pictures and detailed descriptions, go to the Brad Props & Details Page by clicking on the links.

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    Glasses

    • Dark brown tortoiseshell glasses.
    • Lenses are very slightly rounded rectangles. Buy a pair of sunglasses and pop the lenses out.

    Tux Jacket

    • 1-button black tux jacket with burgundy lining.
    • Un-notched satin (shawl) lapel; no vents. 3-button cuffs. Inner pocket on left side (store ringbox here); 2 outside straight pockets. At one point something cream-colored sticks out of a pocket. On close examination, it doesn’t look like lining to me (it’s definitely folded). Jacket button is plastic (2-hole). Terminally anal-retentive? Look closely as Brad gestures towards Janet in front of the billboard; on a good print, the edge of the smaller reinforcing button (opposite the plastic 2-hole button) on the inside of his coat can be seen.

    Red plaid cummerbund and bowtie.

    • The cummerbund is a red and black plaid; the bowtie is a double bowtie (2 layers), red with yellow, black and blue diagonal lines. Thanks to Bernie Bregman for the bowtie grabs.
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    Boutonniere

    • White carnation boutonniere with 3-4 fern fronds (it changes). The closeups show 4. Did a little research and decided asparagus ferns look the closest.

    Hankie

    • White hankie in left breast pocket, folded with point sticking up.

    White dress shirt.

    • Vertical flap conceals the buttons. Shirt has a pattern in shinier thread of alternating shiny and plain stripes edged with vertical rows of diamonds. See the bowtie photos for a picture of the shirt; the details are a bit flattened on the DVD and are much easier to see on a giant movie screen.

    Underwear

    • White sleeveless undershirt (not ribbed).
    • White men’s inverted Y-front Jockey briefs.
    • (Barry said in an interview he wore Fruit of the Looms, but they read “Jockey” in gray on the waistband; check before he’s handed his lab jacket. Jockey packaging claims the “inverted Y-front” is an exclusive Jockey feature. Look for Jockey Classic.)

    Cufflinks

    • Gold circular cufflinks with some sort of carved/incised design. Thanks to Bernie Bregman for the grab.Brad cufflink

    Wrist Watch / Rings

    • Analog, black band, white circular face in gold case, left wrist.
    • Gold class ring with faceted red stone (right hand ring finger)

    Pants

    • Black formal pants, slightly too short, with black satin stripe down the side. You could sew a satin ribbon down the side of plain black pants.
    • Side-seam pockets.

    Shoes / Socks

    • Shiny black dress loafers. I can’t see laces, and when he flexes the shoes to kneel you can see flexing gussets, most clearly on the Blu-Ray.
    • White socks

    Props:

    • Gold/diamond engagement ring (if Janet doesn’t supply), octagonal black ringbox (square box with shaved-off corners).
    • Box has red velvet/sponge(?) lining and white satin inner lid. Texture is a muted matte leather pattern. Kept in jacket’s left inner pocket.
    • White chalk. Kept in right outside pocket.

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    Jacket

    • Tan jacket with maroon/gold Denton patch. Look for “car coat” or “golf jacket” (thanks to Ron Maxwell and Wally Barsell for the search tips). Try to avoid elasticized wrists; you want button or snap. I’m trying to figure out which.
    • Jacket features a Western-style yoke in front, and an elasticized portion in the waistband over each hip.
    • Brad wears his jacket half-zipped in the car, zips it in the rain, then unzips it halfway immediately when he enters the castle.
    • Cuffs are unbuttoned or unsnapped. Barry was a big boy…

    Sweater / Shirt / Undershirt

    • Dark blue V-neck sleeveless sweater-vest with ribbed neckline.
    • Light blue striped shirt.
    • Shirt appears to be alternating lines of matte light blue and shiny light blue. The Blu-Ray never shows any color contrast but the stripes are distinct.
    • Top button undone.
    • Light blue plastic buttons.
    • Cuffs are already unbuttoned when Magenta undresses Brad.
    • White sleeveless undershirt (“wifebeater” style). Not ribbed.

    Pants / Belt

    • Black belt with open gold buckle (shaped like a sideways “U”).
    • An inch or so to the left of the buckle is a gold metal belt loop for the end of the belt to go under. The buckle is worn on the left, the end of the belt on the right.
    • Light gray pants with permanent press front crease.
    • Pants close at the waist with a buttoned flap, which extends an inch or two beyond the crotch. The flap’s closing button is a large plastic one. There is an additional concealed button above the zipper. (Best place to see all this? The outtakes on the laser disc.)
    • Be kind and tell Magenta how your pants fasten!

    Shoes

    • Brown loafers. High tongue; no tassels; no buckles.

    Miscellaneous

    • A blue steering wheel looks cool. Buy at a junkyard.
    • White handkerchief to wipe windshield. Keep in tan jacket so you don’t have to transfer your wedding handkerchief.
    • New Magentas may need you to unbutton some shirt buttons, and almost none can undo your belt in time unless you unbuckle it. Ask– helping an experienced Magenta undress you will throw off her timing. Grab your shoes after you’re undressed and put them on again in the elevator.

     Creation Scene:

    Knee-length white lab coat.

    • One pocket on left breast, 1 front pocket on each side. Notched lapels. There is also a slit in the side seam on each side, which allows access to underneath. White plastic 4-hole buttons.

    Miscellaneous

    • Take off your glasses for “Superasshole!” and put them back on right before Frank starts his “Unconventional conventionists” speech.

     Pre-Bedroom Scene:

    • Robe is thrown at Brad before the bedroom scene. He does not wear it to bed, but he does wear his glasses, socks and watch.

     Brad’s Bedroom Scene:

    Take off your shoes. Leave on your socks. DO NOT put on your robe yet!

     Pre-Dinner Scene:

      Light blue satin kimono bathrobe.
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      • Reaches to the top of Brad’s socks. Wide sleeves just past Brad’s elbow and open armpits. Worn right side over left; sash tied in a bow. The front opening is flanked with white embroidered daisies (white centers), with butterflies (white with blue and yellow accents) below, and butterflies on the back.
      • Take off glasses before entrance in elevator. Put them back on when Dr. Scott appears on monitor. Before dinner is a good time to put on your corset, garter belt and fishnets. Put your socks back on over your nets.

       Dinner:

      • DIRECTION: Pull your glasses off as you jump up in outrage when Frank chases Janet out of the dining room. Brad leaves them on the table; stash in your robe.

       floorshowFloor Show:

      • DIRECTION: Take off your watch and class ring.

      Boa

      • Red, black and yellow netting boa (mostly red and black).
      • Photos of an original boa, supposedly Columbia’s, are here.
      • I don’t know what the fabric is; Sue Blane notes it was “cheap, synthetic fabric, overlocked on the edges.” Sparkle tulle works well and it’s cheap. Jaimie Froemming recommends organza, and Gene Chiovari favors organdy. The material is shiny and stiff, with sharp pleats. Edged with black overcast stitch; Jen Hoffman and Jaimie Froemming recommend “woolly nylon serger thread,” which looks great, though after examining an original floor show boa, I’m sure that it’s not what Sue used. There is a black tassel or two on each end and the ends have obviously been weighted.
      • DIRECTION: Drop boa as you “wake up” before the pool scene–make sure it is out of the way for kick line.

      Sequined black front-lace corset

      • 16 or 17 eyelets per side.
      • For DVD grabs of Brad’s corset, click here.

      Gloves

      • Fingerless over-the-elbow seamed fishnet sleeve (left arm).
      • Red sequined over-the-elbow gauntlet edged around the top with faded red/pink feather trim (right arm)
      • The gauntlet covers the top of the hand, coming to a point which is hooked over the middle finger with a white thread loop. Use elastic to keep it from sliding down your arm. Cut up a cheap boa for the feathers. (Please don’t use marabou.) Some band supply stores sell sequined gauntlets.

      Underwear

      • Black satin undies, seamed fishnet stockings, black satin garter belt with crinkly metallic red straps (3 per side) and black findings.
      • The fishnets also have just a few sequins on them. (Some people say rhinestones; they look flat to me–check Dr. Scott’s when Riff threatens him at the end of the film.)
      • Wear black underwear under your briefs and try putting on your corset, fishnets and garterbelt before dinner to save time.

      Black patent high heeled pumps.

      • They wore 5″ heels (at least Barry said so). 2 1/2″ look good, are less dangerous and cheaper.

    OMG it’s Eddie!

    Eddie!
    For tattoos and scar suggestions, see the Makeup page.
    Note: right and left are from Eddie’s perspective.

    Helmet

      • Silver chrome military helmet with black chinstrap

    German WW2 style. Flared edge, lower in back and then higher over the forehead. It has a couple of rivets and at least one hole that looks like an eyelet (it’s an air vent). Douglas Berry informs me it’s the M42 style; I have to check this, though it looks very much like an M42, M40 or M35. (The M42 has stamped edges; the M35/M40 have rolled-under edges. The M35 has actual inserted eyelets for the vents; the M35/M40 have them embossed.) You can actually get chrome motorcycle helmets in this style; see the links page. A small silver skull and crossbones adorns the center front; a banner of some sort is draped over the bones. Spray helmet lightly with white spraypaint or Christmas snow for “frost,” if you like.

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    Eddie’s helmet

    Black Elvis wig

    • Bangs. Hair should touch your collar.
    • Sideburns can be bought at a costume shop or drawn in.

    Black sunglasses.

      • We don’t see them for long; black plastic frames. Lenses are at least partially reflective.
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    Eddie’s sunglasses and strap

    Short sleeveless black leather jacket.

      • Lined with leopardskin fabric. (Technically, it’s cheetah, not leopard–spots are solid, not hollow. But that’s liable to get you blank looks at the fabric store). Lining is not stitched in at armholes. Vertical center backseam. Attached belt at front waist (unfastened). The hanging end (with silver grommets) is on Eddie’s left; the hollow-rectangle-shaped buckle is attached by a loop on his right. Meat Loaf talks about the jacket (good shots of the back, and a beautiful shot of the totally lined interior) on the 25th Anniversary DVD, disk 2.
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    Eddie in action

    Front:

    • In addition to the lining, there is leopard trim on jacket’s lower lapels, which are very wide. Leopard trim on lapels extends only to the seam ~1/4″ from the edge.
    • A row of round silver studs at chest line outlines slightly above the front yoke on either side of the jacket. Silver skull and cross bones pin on left chest, with a small silver scroll (like for a motto) draped over the lower bone ends. A couple of people suggest it’s a British regimental badge, and while I can’t confirm, it’s a close match. (The 17th/21st Lancers, whose banner reads “Or Glory.” See the links page.)
      There is a small silver star-shaped stud on either side, left and right. 4 star-shaped studs run down the left side (becoming 3 later in the scene after one falls off). Small star stud at the corner of both top lapels. Sheriff’s silver star on right breast, above the yoke studs.
    • A large star with a central pin (like the stars on the jacket back) is at the top front shoulder on either side. A row of small star-shaped studs runs along the top of the shoulder seam (where the epaulets would be) on either side. The number varies during the scene; at first there are 2(?) on the right shoulder and 3 or 4 on the left shoulder; by the end of the song there are 5 on either side.
    Back:Meat Loaf with jacket on the 25th anniversary DVD

    • The jacket has a Western-style yoke, and a wide unpainted waistband, with two horizontal epaulet-type fastenings at Eddie’s hips, extending from the sides of the jacket to a black plastic button at either side of the back. (I believe the waistband is a “kidney strip.”) A central seam extends from the waistband up to the yoke.
      • Paint “BABY” in red flaming letters on the yoke. There are 3 flame tongues extending to the left of the base of the second B; there are 2 flame tongues extending to the left of the base of the Y. The red letters are not painted on; when he lifts Columbia onto his bike you can see they’re peeling off slightly.
      • Above the central rectangular patch in the waistband, paint gold half-circle with 5 wavy red rays (rising sun).
    • There are small plastic(?) bone-colored (think dirty ivory) charms of bones (with jumpring-type tops for fastening–stitched on) on the letters. Larry Viezel has provided a photo. Meat Loaf confirms they are from a “skeleton keychain” on the DVD, almost certainly from the same keychain Eddie wears on his slingshot.
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      There are two short thin bones placed one above the other on the spine of the first “B,” a horizontal bone on the crossbar of the “A,” and two tiny bones positioned in the crook of the “Y.”
    • Below “BABY” there were 4 silver stars, attached with a central rivet. (Meat Loaf confirms on the DVD that there was a star there but that it broke off during filming.) The rivet that held the 2nd star was above the yoke’s first dip and the 4th star is above the second. There are 4 loops of chain attached with rivets/studs. (The 2nd loop from the left is broken.) The chain’s attachment points to the jacket are each placed beneath a star.TIP: Buy silver-toned chain by the foot from hardware store.

    Slingshot

    • Rounded Y-shaped silver slingshot around neck. The white “lace” it’s on is the elastic for the slingshot (note the square cross section).
    • The final evidence convincing me this was a slingshot, not a wrench, was found at http://www.slingshots.net – specifically http://www.slingshots.net/slingmag/1999/slingmag1_3/letters.htm . Sadly, the photo at their page no longer displays. I have since held a Milbro slingshot in my hands: the shape and the logo are exact. (If you’re wondering why there is no thumb depression visible on Eddie’s, Milbro’s have a thumb depression on one side only.) They call these “catapults” in the UK and replica Milbros are available; check the Links page or do a couple of Google searches. Lacing is attached through a hole in the tip of each of the rounded “branches” of the Y. slingst The metal ring of a silver keychain hangs on the right branch of the Y– attached to this is a smooth silver chain, from which hangs a small white skull with painted black lines and faceted red stone eyes. The skull was probably originally part of a skeleton keychain (like the bones on the word “BABY”): there is a metal eyelet sunk into the neck. (See the links page for skeleton keychains.)

    Scarf

    • Long thin white fringed scarf. Blood is visible on scarf’s right tail. It’s not satin and is some type of woven material.

    Saxophone

    • Tenor sax on black/red strap.
    • Worn diagonally over left shoulder. Buy a toy sax. Eddie’s sax has no reed or ligature (metal thing that holds the reed). Strap is black leather on one side, with central red stitching on the other side. A real sax looks great, but makes it difficult to dance.

    meat-loafBlack T-shirt

    • Black T-shirt with “Eddie” written in cursive on it in dark green glittery paint
    • The word “Eddie” is underlined. The hems of the sleeves are ripped up. T-shirt is short; Eddie’s lower back shows when he bends over the sax and rolls with Columbia.

    Jeans

    • Ratty medium dark blue Levi’s jeans.
    • The left knee is ripped out, and there is a large circular denim patch with a hole in the middle on the inner left thigh (stitching around it is navy), and a small patch on the right leg. The Levi’s batwing pocket stitching (a rounded “V” pattern) is outlined on both back pockets with small flat circular silver studs (unevenly spaced; about half an inch apart).
    • On each side of the front of the pants, silver chain is double-looped around the pocket. It’s looped from the waistband at about the center of each leg (it’s just below the first belt loop on Eddie’s right) to below the pocket (about a third of the way towards the side seam), to the edge of the pocket at the sideseam. There’s a photo here.

    Suspenders

    • Red suspenders with gold clips. They cross in back to make an “X.”

    Belt

      • Gold, very coarsely-grained leather belt worn in belt loops. A black and white photo showing the texture is available here. D-shaped belt buckle with the rounded part pointing to Eddie’s left; one visible leather loop to hold the loose end.

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    Cowboy Boots

      • Black cowboy boots with cutaway yellow detailing.

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    • Cutaway yellow areas are surrounded with green; red stitching. Pants are tucked into boots. Silver chain looped around ankle of left boot.

    Rings
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    • Three rings on left hand: pinky, ring finger, & middle finger
    • Pinky: (disappears during sax solo) gold-tone black iron cross
    • Ring finger: gold ring with unfaceted oval tiger’s eye stone (tiger’s eye is an opaque brown/blond stone that shimmers as you move it)
    • Middle finger: silver ring with gap in band to right of central design (masks of tragedy and comedy). The masks have been attached onto the base ring; the metal behind the masks is a triangular shape. Larry Viezel, Ashford Wyrd and Shawn Anthony confirm that the ring is a “Beau Sterling” design; they can be found on eBay.
      Thanks to Ashford Wyrd for the photo.

    Special thanks to Steve Van Meter, Scott McDee, and Ashford Wyrd who’ve been sending me Eddie details since the early 2000s.