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    Frank Lab, Bedroom Scenes, and Whipping Scene

    Lab Scene:


    TIP: If applicable, remove white heel covers on black shoes.

    Extender chain to lengthen Frank’s pearls (your pearls may include this as part of the necklace).

    Worn on the back right of Frank’s neck.

    Green surgeons’ gown

    • Red triangle on left breast (point up). Mid-calf length; rolled-up sleeves are rolled up to the elbows.
    • Surgeon’s gowns are available at veterinary or medical supply stores. Try on-line or hit the Links page. Department stores may have “Scrubs” catalogs (JC Penney’s does), and many thrift stores have a “uniforms” section, but you’ll have to get awfully lucky.
    • Mid-calf length. Standup collar; sleeves are rolled up to the elbows.
    • Two back ties, one at the neck, one at mid-back, and 2 ties that start under a green rectangle at the front waist, wrap around the back, then tie in front.) A short green string hangs from each sleeve.
    • There is a stitched vertical rip (outlined with red stitching; white fabric shows through) midway between his neck and his right shoulder, vertical bloodstain at the left from mid-chest down to the waistline, a big blotch with vertical bloodstain on the left front of the skirt (thigh-height), and several holes on the right side at about thigh height.

  • Pink dishwashing gloves.
    Worn cuffed for much of the scene. These can be hard to find in the US unless it’s October (Breast Cancer month), unless retro is having a moment.
  • Stemmed widemouth glass.

    “Champagne bowl” style. Actually a Riff prop, but many Franks bring their own. Look for plastic ones at party stores (not the thin-walled two-piece ones which are too fragile to be practical). I found some unbreakable margarita glasses that aren’t that weird inverted-sombrero shape that are holding up pretty well.
  • Black pick.

    Make from cardboard and duct tape.
  • Peep toe black glitter platform sandals (black heels), thin back-strap.

    Same basic style as Sweet T shoes. In several photos, Frank’s toes are far enough back that the shoes do look closed-toe, but they’re not: you can see them peeking out as the elevator comes up to the lab. Strap is not glittered. Rectangular silver buckle.

    Bedroom Scene:


    The terminally anal retentive will have a pink robe, a blue robe, a wig to pull off, and Brad glasses. If you’re less OCD, borrow Brad and Janet’s robes or use just one robe–especially if you do this scene behind a sheet. Frank wears his corset under his robe with Janet.

    Post-Bedroom Scene:


    • Cigarette.

      A sturdier prop can be made from a white ballpoint pen casing cut to length, the end slightly melted with a lighter, and then painted with red nailpolish to make “lit” end. If your theater allows e-cigarettes, that’s an option, or you can buy a prop cigarette at a theater/joke shop which actually produce “smoke.”
    • Whip.

      Alternating gray and black tails braided for about half its length, then hanging loose. The tails are probably a good four feet long. Medium brown wooden handle (“stock”). Brown leather loop on the end of the handle for hanging.

    • Relax after sex in a black leather jacket with lots of embroidered patches and enamel metal badges (mostly motorcycle themed)

      Enamel badges on the upper chest. The sleeves are vented with zippers, and are edged with black fringe. The sleeves are decorated with various embroidered patches (mostly circular), the back with different shapes.
    • Black leather jacket with lots of embroidered patches and enamel metal badges (mostly motorcycle themed) on it

      NOTE: Badges are positioned as on Poster Magazine Vol. 1 #2, but without the large Mao pin. If you want details on the jacket, take a look at Frank’s jacket, as it looks today (we think).

      Front:

      • Zips up the front. Shirt-style collar (not the more common 4-tab lapels). Round flat silver studs (“nailheads”) decorate the collar, and there is a small enamel checkered racing flag badge on the tip of both collar points.
      • Enamel badges decorate the upper chest: 34 on Frank’s right side and 41 or 42 on his left. Most are motorcycle-themed, and they include racing flags, Triumph, BMW, Sunbeam, Jawa, Matchless, Jaguar, Panther, The Vincent, (Tri)BSA, CZ, and Norton.
        left

      • Silver chain hangs in 2 loops underneath the badge area on each side. On the right side, the end of the chain by Frank’s arm is connected to a large round domed metal stud. On the left side, there is a large domed metal stud in the center where the two loops are attached, and two small studs placed vertically beneath the end of the chain closest to the front zip.
      • Slash pockets on both sides are outlined underneath with small round silver studs.
      • A dirty white string/lace hangs down to mid-thigh from the zipper pull on Frank’s left. At the left base of the jacket is a tab that could be snapped over the bottom of the zipper with a domed silver snap.
        right
        Note that this is a picture from the poster magazine, so the Mao button (which does NOT appear in the film) has been blacked out.

      Sleeves:

      The sleeves are vented with zippers, and are edged with black fringe. The zippers have metal zipper pulls that look like a jump ring attached to a very small D-ring.

      The sleeves are decorated with patches.

      Right sleeve (top to bottom):

      afrslv

      • circular BMW patch (black circle with gold ‘BMW’ above circle quartered in blue and white)
      • dirty white number “59” on circular black patch (“59″ Club)
      • “ROYAL ENFIELD” in gold on circular red patch, edged in gold, on a larger black fabric circle
      • skull with red helmet(?) and little wings on circular patch. The design is very similar to the UK Hell’s Angels logo (a skull in a red helmet with little wings, usually above a yellow banner reading “Hell’s Angels”); I have never seen a picture clear enough to prove that’s what it is, but I’ve never seen another design that was close, either, and I’m almost certain one of the badges is a Hell’s Angels badge. Hell’s Angels badges and patches occasionally come up on eBay, though the Hell’s Angels often get the auctions canceled. Keep this in mind as you do your searches.
      • skull and crossbones on black rectangular patch

      Left sleeve (top to bottom): aflslv There’s also a gorgeous but HUGE black and white full-body photo, courtesy of Larry Viezel, here.

      • “ROYAL ENFIELD” in gold on circular red patch, edged in gold, on larger black circle (see above).
      • dirty white number “59” on circular black patch (“59″ Club patches are a white 59 on a black patch; it may just be very old and dirty)
      • “TriBSA” in gold on horizontal dark blue oval patch edged in gold in the middle of a black rectangle
      • Blue circular “Triton” patch edged in gold
      • Honda Motorcycles patch (flying gold wing with “HONDA” in red under it on circular black patch)
      • gray Nazi iron eagle patch (directly above zipper vent)

      Back:

      • The back has red block letters painted along the top, obscured by a big red/yellow snarling tiger’s head patch (snarling towards Frank’s right shoulder); the letters “ROY” and “ELD” can be seen on the upper left and lower right sides of the tiger (probably “ROYAL ENFIELD”). Ashford Wyrd and Shawn Anthony showed me a Triumph tiger patch, and it’s a match.
      • Below that is a white rectangular red, white and blue-lettered TRIUMPH patch which is sewn slightly overlapping over a British flag (actually, it’s not an actual British flag–the red stripes are all the same width; the stripes in a real Union Jack are different widths).
      • There is one patch at the bottom left of the jacket back: a yellow circular patch with arced lettering along the top and a vertical object; the fellow who owns what is probably THE jacket states it’s a Sylvester the cat (think Warner Brothers) patch, and the (warning! extremely large!) black and white side view photo from Larry Viezel appears to bear him out (peek through the fringe: the cat’s white tummy, black arm and gloved hand, and the letters SY**ES are visible).
      • There are three patches in a vertical row centered below the flag: a circular white patch on top, a middle patch with a red circle with yellow winged “M” on a black square field), and a horizontal rectangular patch with some sort of wing design (Moto Ducati).
      • There are also two patches, one above the other, on the bottom right. The bottom of the two is a Rock N Roll Special square patch with a a blue triangle (point up) in a white circle; the patch above that is a white circle with Warner Brothers style Road Runner pointing to the right with the words “Beep Beep!” (quotation marks on the patch).

  • Links – Where to get the goods

    Google is your friend. Some of the most helpful costume links will be ones you find yourself, using the search engine of your choice. If you find something really good,
    email me
    , will you? Happy hunting!

    A NOTE ON LINKS: Many stores have gone to a database format, which messes up the links something fierce. So if the main link doesn’t work, try a keyword search at the main page. I try to keep everything current, but I do miss things. If you find a broken link, please
    email me
    . Thanks!

    Image Sources – or what to look at when you’re bored with Tumblr

    • Cosmo’s Factory http://www.cosmosfactory.org

      Cosmo grabs images directly from the movie. He takes requests. His high-resolution Blu-Ray photos have been down long enough I’ve removed the link, sadly.

      For lower-resolution, smallish (but detail-oriented) grabs from the DVD, visit:
      http://www.cosmosfactory.org/rocky_horror_images_mainview.shtml

    • Rare RHPS Photo Site http://nominex.com/rarerhps/archive.htm
      The main page has disappeared, but the archive is still there. One of the best places on the Internet to look at rare Rocky stills. The variety and the quality here is astonishing.
    • Cinema Collectors (no website)
      1507 Wilcox Ave

      Hollywood, CA 90028

      (323) 461-6516

      (323) 461-6519 (fax)

    • Still Things http://www.stillthings.com/Fantastique.html
    • Has an online catalog of stills you can buy (text descriptions only). Nice selection, and they will sell you wallet-size color photos (handy if the description leaves you wondering). I was unimpressed at delivery time last time I ordered, but I still order from them if I need photos from a specific scene.

    • Jerry Ohlinger’s Movie Materials Store http://moviematerials.com/

      No on-line catalog, though they will send you a text listing of Rocky photos if you send a self-addressed stamped envelope (ask for the Rocky Horror List, #37).

    Suggestions on How to Make RHPS Costumes

    • Student’s Guide to RHPS Costumes http://www.angelfire.com/film/ickle/costumes/rhpscostumes.html
      Making costumes on the cheap. Good suggestions for modifying items found in charity shops (and a large list of UK shops!), and suggestions for where to buy things in the UK. The Columbia instructions look helpful; Janet’s are much less detailed but promising. No one else is up yet.
    • ShawnAnthony.com Rocky Horror submenu http://shawnanthony.com/rocky.html
      Also uses (with permission) the text from the Anal Retentive Costume List as a jumping-off point. Information on the Frank jacket is notably more complete than the text here; information also included for Eddie.
    • Rocky Horror Costume Instructions by [Sugarsh0x] http://www.angelfire.com/nj/RHPSColumbia/index.html This is a page on how to make quick and dirty Rocky Horror costumes. I won’t vouch for its accuracy, but if you need a costume fast, check it out. Hasn’t been touched in years.
    • RHPS Costume Ideas http://members.tripod.com/~ScabbyDoo/costumes Another “quick and dirty” costume page. More fragmentary than the first one. Largely an archive.

    Forums To Talk About Making Rocky Costumes

    • RHPS Costumes (LiveJournal) http://www.livejournal.com/community/rhpscostumes/
      People post stuff they’re looking for, possible sources, etc. It’s going the way of all Livejournal pages but the archives are worth a look.

      Cosplay forums can also be helpful; you may want to add them to any searches, though I don’t have any particular recommendations. Someday someone will make a Rocky Horror costuming page on Facebook that doesn’t go moribund. I’m still waiting.

    • The Rocky Horror Costume Forum http://amadscientist.proboards.com/
      Very little traffic these days. Requires a login id (free). I’ve found the founder, Mark M’s, comments on the rhpscostumes Livejournal group helpful.
    • yahoogroup RHPSCostumesCostumersNFreaks finally went defunct.

    General Costume Construction

    • Cosplay.com’s Cosplay Tutorials http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=178
      GodDAMN. Tutorial after tutorial on making costumes that look like what’s on-screen, all aimed at regular people. Want to know how to dye a wig with Sharpie markers? These people know how. OK, most Rocky people aren’t looking for tips on how to make animal feet or kimonos. But there is a wealth of knowledge here.

    What About Those Commercial Costumes?
    Fox released these in 2001. I wouldn’t recommend them except maybe the Riff wig (hard to find commercially; requires some skill to make), or the Frank wig (not bad for a wig in a bag–the shape is right at least). Many Columbias use the jacket a starter, though it’s kind of crap.
    NOTE: the photos on the packages are not the same as the actual costumes (they were probably of higher-quality prototypes).

    If you want an approximate audience costume out of the bag to wear once or twice, these may be just what you need. Just don’t expect them to last. If you’re in a cast and wearing any of these but the gold jacket…well, people may point and laugh.

    Rundown:

    • The Frank wig and costume look OK but are flimsy, cheap and nasty. Fingerless gloves and corset are fronted with a plastic scratchy material that looks okay from a distance; backs are plain black. Gloves started to run immediately (they’re not hemmed). Faux garter belt lace strip (attached to panties) looks good but started coming unstitched when I held it up.
    • The Columbia costume looks vaguely acceptable except for the awful floppy foil dot hat, which most Columbias ditch immediately in favor of a plastic glitter top hat.
      Tube top: multicolored shiny stripes with gold foil dots printed over them (plain black back). Tiny red foil dot bowtie on white elastic. Pastel stripes printed on black stretchy shorts. Thin unlined foil dot “tailcoat” with rectangular black foil dot lapels.
      The Columbia wig is an embarrassment: wrong color, too bushy. You can do better at a wigshop or Halloween store.
    • The Magenta dress is made of cheap velours with the front of an apron attached. Cap looks OK. Considering how easy it is to modify a dress, I don’t understand buying this…I guess it beats a French maid dress. Magenta wig doesn’t look good, but I’ve seen worse.
    • The Riff costume is a horrible cheap polyester suit with attached vest and a shoulderpad (?) for the hump. Two poor-quality spats and gloves are included. Just buy a black jacket at a thrift store and wear an unbuttoned white shirt under it – it’ll look a lot better.

    People Who Will Make Rocky Costumes For You

    Honest, it’s more fun to make your own. (Don’t know how to sew? Neither did the rest of us when we started. For ideas on how to find/cobble together/modify costumes, and finding supplies, visit the Finding the Stuff page.) But some people really don’t want to, don’t have time, or would rather hire someone more skilled, and I got tired of getting email asking for a list of costumers. So here it is. I haven’t dealt with all of them myself, but I have met most of them and personally seen examples of their work.

    Costumers are listed here as a service to our readers, not as an endorsement. If you have a problem with one of them, I probably can’t help. There are a couple of folks on Etsy or Facebook who aren’t listed here. Want my opinion? Ask.

    There may also be options in your area, and if you can find someone local, you’ll be able to try the costume on and check on its progress in person.
    Ask for references and CHECK them. Often once costumers become known for excellent work, they get lots of orders, get overwhelmed, and go down in flames. So ask around before you order.
    You can always talk with Edge, who prefer not to be listed here, or go to cosplay sources or Etsy.

    If you do order a costume, discuss details that matter to you (color; number of pleats/eyelets; size of quilted spacesuit squares, etc.) with the costumer. This may increase your cost over a standard item or it may not.

    Make sure the measurements you send the costumer are as exact and complete as possible. You may still have to make some final alterations once the costume arrives. On my most recent commission, I asked that the costumer send me a muslin mockup to try on and modify before they started the real thing, which helped.

    If you need a costume by a specific date, order well in advance, particularly around Halloween, when most Rocky costumers are swamped, and keep in mind the costumer may blow the deadline (life happens). You may be better off doing the costume yourself.
    If you live in a different country than the costumer, you may have to pay import duty on the costume, and shipping may be pricey!

    • Other site’s costumer links
      http://columbiascloset.blogspot.com/p/other-sellers.html
      Mina seems to be doing a better job than I at keeping track of other sellers; she includes notes about whether she’s seen the work in person.

    • UK COSTUMERS
    • US COSTUMERS
      • Edge Creations
        As I mentioned above, Edge prefers not to be listed here, but they often have a booth at cons and can easily be found via Google and Facebook. We have profound differences on some of their designs, though I like their boas and am impressed with the embroidery on their Brad robes. Many people like them.
        They do not customize as far as I’m aware; if you disagree with their color choices or other details, they have plenty of customers who don’t.
      • Hannah Cunningham From Rags to Rocky

        Hannah is the cast director of The Master’s Affairs, in Lexington, Kentucky. She got a serger sewing machine for Christmas, and learned how to use it to make a set of boas for her cast. She writes: “I wildly overestimated the material I would need, and wound up making extra boas to sell online. I’ve long since gone through my original stash of fabric, but the boas are in such demand that I’ve kept making them. I make them from gold, red, and black glitter organza, with two feet of black chiffon on either end. They’re a total of nine feet long, serged all around in black thread, pleated, and joined by a strip of twill tape running along the middle of the gold strip. I’ve sold quite a few and people seem to be happy; I have 100% positive feedback on eBay.”

        Hannah recently expanded into space suits; her first batch look pretty good and were criminally cheap. She’s looking at revising pricing as she sources more pre-quilted lam&eacute . She also makes space gloves. She is open to making other RHPS costumes, so you can certainly ask.

      • Shawn Anthony (rhpscostumes@shawnanthony.com)
      • http://shawnanthony.com/rocky.html

        As of October 2011, Shawn is back on hiatus and may not be back.
        Shawn writes: “16 years of involvement in Rocky Horror. Have created costumes for fans and shadowcast performers across the United States and Britain. Trained and certified in stage costuming and theatre technology…Particular interest in Frank N. Furter and Eddie.” Costume work won Best Frank at the 2005 Vegas con and Best Rocky at the Chicago 2006 con (field of two contestants). Photos; partial price list. Shawn notes that costume creation will take 4 to 6 weeks. We occasionally have some differences on costume shape but I must say some of his recent work is very nice indeed. He seems to be particularly well-known for his Frank shoes, and they do look very nice.

      • Mina Credeur seweccentric@yahoo.com

        http://www.ColumbiasCloset.com

        As of October 2012, Mina has stopped taking commissions, though I understand she may still have hand props and other non-sized items (badges, patches, etc.) available, notably at cons.

        Even if you aren’t interested in buying anything, check out Mina’s site; she posts reference photos and useful information on how to make costumes, as well as a growing collection of patterns and a listing of costume sellers. (Disclaimer: I contributed to the lightning bolt pattern; I haven’t used any of her others, though the spouse made a nice pair of Rocky shorts from a pattern she provided.) Her work on the site won her a BOSS award.
        Mina did good-looking costumes for reasonable prices, and when I needed something made, or someone asked for a recommendation, I usually went to her. She has a good eye, does her research, and is open to discussion. After getting overextended in the early 2000s, she issued refunds; spent some time doing only referrals and repeat customers; then moved on to eBay, where she garnered a feedback rating of 100%. Mina also does historical costumes, mostly Victorian.

        Mina is a Columbia and former cast costume mistress. She uses an embroidery machine to make patches for Frank and Brad jackets; we got a Triumph tiger patch from her and it looks great. She also makes nice vinyl lab masks (original light pink no longer available; I suggest you ask her not to cut them too large) and lightning bolt pins made of foam-backed vinyl or fiberglass. The vinyl look good but over time they delaminate and start to curl; the fiberglass are fragile and prone to breakage. Mina also made a rather nice maid’s dress for me with proper pleats from a pattern I’d cut (redoing the sleeves, which I’d screwed up).

      General Costume Sources and Lists of Sources

      Remember, you can find a lot of stuff in the real world.

      • eBay http://www.ebay.com
        This is where people post their old costumes nowadays, and if you’re looking for authentic 1970’s crap, this is where most people go to find it.
        If you can’t find what you’re looking for on eBay, consider hitting alternate country eBay sites, such as http://www.ebay.co.uk/ A lot of people use eBay as a storefront; it’s not my thing but a lot of people cruise the eBay shops and do really well.

       

    • Frederick’s of Hollywood http://www.fredericks.com/

      They won’t have exact Rocky lingerie, but it’s a good place to start. A good source for cheap stockings (fishnet and otherwise), corsets, etc. Their satin jacquard corset (cupless!) makes an excellent floorshow corset when worn backwards; a lot of casts use them. After more than 20 years, it look like it may have been discontinued; hit eBay.

      Specific Costume Piece Sources
      Note: I have not purchased these items myself unless indicated, and am not associated with any of the merchants.

      A word to the wise if you’re purchasing lingerie on-line–shop around. You’ll find that the majority of sites you visit are selling exactly the same thing –after a while the photos will all look familiar. Prices vary wildly: why pay twice as much for the same thing?

      • MISC
        • Act One Costumes
          When people recommend a general costume site, I’m skeptical. However, this one is pretty good.
          Includes mustaches (the “straight mustache” looks like a good bet for Dr. Scott), red suspenders, backseamed fishnet stockings, spats (strapless), paper wingtip collars, a fairly nice satin cape with standup collar (you’d have to re-line it in silver), and black plastic German Soldier Helmets ($15).
          And the men’s short shag wig looks like with a little trimming it might be a decent Rocky wig. Hmm.
          Definitely worth a look. Thanks to Dawn Marie for pointing this one out.
        • Ardell LashTite – Non-latex eyelash glue
          I’m not providing a link; it’s available at drugstores, or at drugstore.com if you must buy on-line. It’s supposed to hold very securely, so care is recommended when removing your falsies! This used to claim to be the only latex-free eyelash adhesive, but Andrea now also makes a brush-on latex-free formula; I bought some at Walgreen’s.
      • STAGE AND PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP
        • MAC http://www.maccosmetics.com
          Several people (in both Rocky Horror and punk makeup circles) recommended MAC eyeshadow. Their makeup includes a lot of pigment, and they don’t change their colors very often, so once you find the perfect color, you can keep buying it. Sold in some fancy department stores and standalone shops in fancy malls. Warning: the sample shades on-screen are not at all close to actual shades. Go look in person.
        • Rocky Horror Makeup by Sofia Green https://www.facebook.com/RockyHorrorMakeup
          Sofia is a Frank from Boston who sells Mary Kay. She’s put together kits for the various characters. She’s open to input and will work with you (maybe even send you samples) if you have questions. Appears very knowledgable and she has me thinking about Magenta lipstick seriously again – the shade I wear matches the Poster Magazines but not Time Warp. Prices are in the same range as MAC, so try this if you have money and would rather have someone else figure out the colors for you. A castmate who loves makeup won one of the kits in a raffle and is very happy with it. The Facebook page includes photos of people in costume wearing the various kits. The woman modeling the Magenta kit is black – you’d never know from the photo so yup, that foundation offers good coverage.
      • BOSS (TEMPORARY) TATTOOS
        • Deadly Sting Tattoos http://deadlystingtattoos.com
          Created by an NYC Cast Frank. Very nice-looking; I’ve seen people perform in them and they look very nice. $4 for one plus shipping; cheaper by the tattoo as you buy more; bulk discounts are available. Apparently they’ll stay on for days; impressive. Site features a side-by-side comparison with a Mick Rock photo.
      • SHOES
        Thanks to the Internet, whether platforms and chunky heels are in style has become blessedly irrelevant. When you’re cruising megasites looking for shoes, remember that color is often less important than the right shape. Color can be fixed (with paint or glued-on fabric). The wrong shape usually can’t, unless you’re very crafty indeed.
        The majority of the “stripper shoes” (Frank and floorshow shoes qualify) nowadays are made by Ellie or Pleaser (who also do the Funtasma line), so you’re basically shopping on price. I usually like Ellie better than Pleaser, which I find tends to run small. Halloween pop-up shops stock Funtasma, so the quality’s not great: when I wore their boots for a month, both heelcaps came off at a show. Not cool.
        To help you with Internet searches, here is a glossary of shoe terms.

        • Zappos.com Glossary of Shoe and Handbag Terms http://www.zappos.com/glossary
          This is starting to clog with non-shoe-related terms, but it is very comprehensive, and has helpful pictures.
        • Boxing Classics boxing boots http://www.boxing-classics.com/

          Finally back on-line! My husband Wally found this site and made the finals at the 25th Anniversary with these boots. We special ordered ours; they have since added gold or silver metallic boots as a standard option: boots are now up to $135 and take about 6 weeks. The gold is a little too shiny, but they are beautiful and highly recommended. The pair Wally ordered even had the correct number of eyelets and white laces. Yes, the tongue protrudes over the top of the boot like they are supposed to. The Boxing Classics people are very friendly and helpful.

          The pair we ordered came with black soles and black stitching, and a logo patch we had to remove (use a seam ripper). Wally painted over the sides of the soles with paint. The metallic shoes shown on the site have dark soles and dark laces, but you can order with the light soles and white laces (ask when placing your order).

          If you don’t want to go with Boxing Classics, sorry, I’ve found nothing remotely close anywhere else. Try searching for “wrestling boots” on eBay. Good luck.

        BEATLE BOOTS (For Riff)
        These are available primarily from UK sources. If you’re feeling lucky, they’re available in various sizes on eBay, running $40-$100 a pair, depending on the exchange rate.

        • BeatWear http://www.sixtiesbeatwear.co.uk/

          I’m not sure if these folks are affiliated with the old Beatleboots.co.uk or not. You want the “Winkle Picker,” though the High Cavern and Original Chelsea also look good. A bit pricier than some of the other options.

          I have seen the Beatle Boots model in person and they’re beautiful. In October 2012, these were L£130 *plus* £22.50 shipping from the UK. In 2012 they had a Halloween sale, allowing you to pick up a pair for £95.

        • Underground England http://www.undergroundshoes.co.uk/
          The Beatle Winklepicker or Fred Black Leather Winklepicker are probably the closest match (£108). Free shipping to the US. Edward Marlowe bought a Beat Boot from them and recommends buying a size larger than you normally wear. “They are, as is traditional, a tight fit, both over the top of the foot and with the pointy toes, and the seams can rub a little on the top of the foot.”
        • Pennangalan Dreams http://www.pennangalan.com/boots/FW245.php
          Look at the Cuban Chelsea Beat Boots (FW49). They even have a cruelty-free version in “vegetarian leather.” At £80, this is one of the more affordable options – they’ve been discontinued and the website is starting to look a little weird.
        • b>Atom Retro http://www.atomretro.com/product_info.cfm?product_id=11707&d=OUTLAW-MADCAP-RETRO-MOD-CHELSEA-BOOTS-LEATHER $97 plus shipping, depending on the exchange rate.
        • Trash and Vaudeville http://www.trashandvaudeville.com/UGFRED-BLKLEA.html
          If you just can’t bear paying international shipping or can’t hack the math, Trash and Vaudeville in NYC does carry the Underground Beatle Boot for $189 (more than you’d pay from the UK, depending on the exchange rate).

        OPEN-TOED PLATFORM SANDALS
        In 2007, the “peep-toe” style came back, so there may be fine Frank shoes out there I don’t know about. When I bought Frank shoes, I bought Ellie’s 557-LEA shoes, which show too much toe and have an open back. If you get a pair, buy it in the “PU” (polyurethane) style for a non-shiny shoe. Snaz75 has better options. In 2011 someone discovered the “Miss Me Faris” sandal; it’s clunkier than Frank’s shoes but has the heel cup, a very good heel, and the correct type of ankle strap. Sadly, I’ve never seen it larger than a women’s 10. In 2016 even Target had good Frank shoes (though very, very high heels).

        • Snaz75 http://www.snaz75.com/el-557-lea.html
          People have very good luck at Snaz (enormous selection; good prices); look around. $24 or so and sized up to a 16. This site includes several shoes with a closed heel back, which isn’t easy to find, such as the Dolly-37, which has good shape but requires both painting and removing an extra buckle. It’s no longer at Snaz, but is still findable elsewhere (Google it). Shawn Anthony used the Dolly-37 and a previous Dolly model as the base for his widely-admired Frank shoes.
        • DSW http://www.dsw.com/shoe/miss+me+faris+1+sandal?prodId=231528
          Not sure how long this link will be good (DSW has sold out of Miss Me Faris), but it’s such a good shoe that I’m including it. Finding the heel cup with correct type strap *and* the peep toe *and* a good heel shape is so rare. DSW charges $40. People have found these as cheap as $20; happy hunting.

        TAP SHOES
        Many tap shoes fasten with a ribbon tie instead of buckling; it’s pretty, but it’s not what Columbia wore. (Columbia’s shoes button. But I’ve never seen button tap shoes outside the UK.) Chunky heels are back, so I’m abandoning the Capezio 450 and 550 I used to recommend. Expect to pay $20 or so for taps. Current best recommendations are the Sansha Myrtha #CL51 (a character shoe, opening over the toes a little too pointy; Velcro closure); the Capezio Lilina 455 (character shoe; strap attachment shape not right; available in Med or Wide, about $45 without taps) or the Bloch Showtapper S0323 (usually sold with taps, strap attachment shape not right).
        A friend recently showed me a pair of squaredancing shoes, and if you don’t want taps, these are an option…but they’re $60 a pair new, so they may be even pricier than tap shoes. Shop around.

        Here are some stores that I keep in my rotation. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, type the model information above into a search engine and see what you get. They change up their links a lot.

        HIGH HEELED PATENT PUMPS
        Floor show shoes are pretty easy to find. I’ve selected the sites below for carrying a wide range of sizes and reasonable prices (around $30). Shoe sites tend to come and go, and styles change quickly, so if a link doesn’t work, please
        email me
        .

        • Snaz75 http://www.snaz75.com/pl-dream-420w.html
          $30 for 4″ heels, sizes 9-17. Don’t break your neck. See also Snaz75 http://www.snaz75.com/pl-pump-420.html (3″ heel, less than $30, sizes 6-14).
        • Glamour Boutique http://www.glamourboutique.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=220

          (black patent heels)5″ black patent heels up to a women’s size 14 for about $30. D and EE widths available in 4″ heels for about $45.

      • BACKSEAMED STOCKINGS AND ACCESSORIES

        Stockings are easy to find locally, except for backseamed sheer stockings (Magenta) and backseamed fishnet stockings (Frank). (Why are these so hard to find without a lace top?!) If you’re buying plain seamed stockings, you will usually end up with Leg Avenue unless you deliberately look for another brand. After a while, you’ll recognize the pictures. Style 5026 is their regular style; style 1000Q is their Tall. Yes, Tall, not Queen–I love the length but the stockings are very tight and prone to run the first few times I wear them. Leg Avenue seamed fishnets and some other brands may have a “fake” seam: instead of a real-looking sewn-on seam, there’s just a double row of darker fishnet cells up the back. It’s hard to tell what you’re getting online, so you may want to buy in person. Backseamed stockings are also available with a Cuban heel–very elegant, but the top of the Cuban heel shows above my boots, so I don’t get them. NOTE: as of 9/12, Music Legs stockings start the backseam at the back of the foot instead of the sole, so I no longer recommend them – it makes it harder to get the seams straight, particularly in a dark theater.

        • Yandy.com http://www.yandy.com/search.php?q=seam (back-seamed sheer stockings, fishnets, etc.)
          Offers a wider selection of brands than most other sites, including Elegant Moments and Dream Girl, which I think are a little nicer than Leg Avenue. Free shipping requires a $70 minimum purchase. Some of the stockings are insanely cheap. For some reason most of the fishnets are “industrial” (oversized cells as opposed to classic 1970s fishnet).
        • Glamour Boutique http://www.glamourboutique.com/stockingshosiery.aspx

          (back-seamed sheer stockings)Available in extra tall (up to 6’2″) and Queen.

        • Admcity Lingerie http://fashion.admcity.com/index.shtml (back-seamed sheer stockings, garter belts, underwear, etc.)
          I didn’t want to include this site because it’s just so darn massive. (More than two dozen pages of women’s panties to choose from – gah.) Still, they have several choices for seamed sheer stockings, a few seamed fishnets (wrong tops, though) and occasionally some interesting garter belt choices (try a lace one for Frank). They do men’s stuff, too. There’s a search engine but their stock is so huge that descriptions are minimal. (They do corsets, bustiers, etc. as well.) If you want descriptions written by someone whose native tongue is English who knows their stock, look elsewhere.
        • Feeling Lingerie http://www.feelingusa.com/hosiery/plus-size-stockings (stockings of all sorts)
          Includes plus-size backseamed plain stockings and backseamed fishnets in plus and regular sizes, among other things. They even have lycra plus-size fishnets (albeit with lace tops). Very reasonable and there’s always a coupon – their homepage even links to a coupon site. I have been a satisifed customer since at least 2005. Free shipping now requires a minimum $50 purchase. Search feature kinda sucks.
      • BACKSEAMED FISHNET PANTYHOSE (TIGHTS)
        In the US, “tights” tend to be dancer’s tights with Lycra; pantyhose tends to be 100% nylon. Dancer’s fishnets with Lycra last longer and hold their shape better. I’ve worn them as Trixie; they are nice. Capezio 3400 fishnet tights have a backseam and are 45% lycra (and cost three times as much as regular fishnet pantyhose).
        Solid sole for comfort (won’t show unless people are looking at the bottom of your foot). Available in S/M or M/L. Body Wrappers don’t have the solid foot but are cheaper and come in L/XL for us larger folks. Tights with Lycra should run about $12-$16; regular fishnet pantyhose (no lycra), $5-$6.
        WITH LYCRA:
      • WITHOUT LYCRA:

      • 6-STRAP GARTER BELTS
      • ROCKY SHORTS
        Try an on-line search for “wrestling trunks”. Sadly, the fashion for affordable lam&eacute wrestling trunks on lingerie sites appears to have passed. Ladies, try Googling “gold”+”boy shorts” or “gold”+”booty shorts”.

      • GLOVES

        Marching band accessory stores are worth a look; apparently as long as there are marching bands, there will be sequined gauntlets (some band stores refer to them as “mitts”).

        • Theatre House, Inc.http://www.theatrehouse.com/ (wrist-length silver lamé gloves)Surprisingly difficult to find on-line; it’s much easier to find elbow-length, which are harder to stuff into your space gauntlets. They are “one size fits all” but they are darn small on me. Site also carries spandex lamé fabric, wigs, and some “laser spot” gloves that might work for Frank.
        • Band Shoppe http://www.bandshoppe.com/cgi-bin/DDA5AAF9/mac/template.mac/loadHtmlPage?htmlPage=/guard/accessories/GU912.html

          (sequined floorshow gauntlets)
          They keep moving the page, so if you can’t find it, go to “Guard Accessories” (a recent search for “sequin” turned up no results, but they’re still there – don’t panic!). You want the “finger loop gauntlet.” The standard length is up-to-the-elbow. To be more movie-exact, tell them you want them 3″ above the elbow order (minimum of 3 pairs for custom orders; they may waive the minimum). As of July 2010 this added another $5 per pair. These are real sequins, not foil dots (stretch sequin material; if you want a vermicelli pattern you’ll have to make your own). I’ve been buying these since 1999, and they look pretty good. They do run a little small, and the shipping is pretty hefty (expect to pay $20 shipping for three or four pairs of gloves). You’ll have to add your own pink feather trim.

          In addition, under Gloves, they have black vinyl gauntlets (a href=”http://www.bandshoppe.com/category-s/144.htm”>http://www.bandshoppe.com/category-s/144.htm which look very much like space glove gauntlets (you’ll need to add the gold trim).

        • Lingerie Mart http://www.lingeriemart.com/products/Electric_Lingerie_Long_Fishnet_Gloves-791-0.html (fishnet gauntlets)
          $6, minimum order 6 pairs and only available in multiples of 6 pairs (weird). Since other sites charge $15-$18 a pair, why not outfit a couple of your friends? Jenny D. notes that these do indeed have a seam, and are style number XTC818 (made by XTC Leather in NYC). Hers look great. Another site, not listed here because they charge too much, notes “elastic bands hold securely in place.”
        • Sock Dreams http://www.sockdreams.com/products/fishnet-arm-warmers?back=search
          Fishnet “arm warmers” which fasten with a loop around the middle finger (not, sadly, strictly screen-accurate). Also sells intriguing 15″ fingerless gloves. Wrong fabric for Frank, but worth looking into as a base for those who don’t sew.
        • Playtex Gloves http://www.playtexproductsinc.com/gloves/LivingGloves.aspx
          Every September/October, Playtex makes pink Playtex Living dishwashing gloves, at least in the US, where they’re hard to find during the rest of the year. They’re sized, so gentlemen, look for Large. It looks like they no longer sell them directly through the website…
      • DR. SCOTT LAP BLANKETSScott Labrecque, who won Best Dr. Scott at the 25th Anniversary, discovered that Dr. Scott’s blanket is an Anderson Modern tartan. Be careful and do not order from a site that doesn’t have pictures. Tartans may vary slightly; some sites offer a plain Anderson that looks fine; in my searches I found one Modern that wouldn’t do.

        Scottish tartan blankets are a luxury item and the price reflects that.

      • LAB COATS
      • GREEN SURGICAL GOWNSVeterinary Apparel Company http://www.veterinaryapparel.com/The “Surgery Gown” (Model 106A) looks very good. This site used to show the gowns’ front and back; it no longer does. In person, the ties are too wide and an odd color (yellow?). For some reason, every surgery gown I’ve ever seen is lighter than Tim’s; you could try tea dyeing…
        They were very helpful when I ordered in 2008 and the shipping was still the same as for one ($8). You get a coupon good for 10% off your next order; pass it on to a friend. (To be honest, surgery gowns are now available on Amazon…)
      • FABRICS AND TRIMCheck your Yellow Pages or the Yellow Pages of major cities near you as well as the Internet…many large specialty fabric stores are not on-line, and if they are, the entire stock is probably not listed. Please be careful buying fabric on-line…it’s pretty easy to figure out what color you’re getting, but texture is another matter entirely, particularly for non-specialty fabrics. If you can, request a swatch.

        If you’re buying sequin fabric, try to avoid foil dot, and read descriptions carefully: real sequins appear to be making a comeback, but many are now “baby sequins” (“razzle sequins”) and some are different shapes or dangle from off-center holes. If you do find an off-the-rack source for the correct type by the yard, for heaven’s sake, tell the rest of us where!)

        • Theatre House, Inc.http://www.theatrehouse.com/ See also Gloves. Site carries spandex lamé fabric and sequin trim, and sequin fabric by the yard, at least for now. For sequin fabric go to:
          http://www.theatrehouse.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=THH&Product_Code=0888&Category_Code=FabSequin. Thanks to Sarah for the tip.
        • JKM Ribbon and Trims http://www.jkmribbon.com/pmet.htmlTo find all the metallics, go to “Silver and Gold” and then look around. I used to recommend the Offray ribbons, but they look very odd here. You should be able to find Offray ribbon in the trim department in the fabric store. $2-$4 for 50 yards. You have to create an account to view the prices (boo, hiss). WARNING: minimum order is $25!
        • M and J Trimming http://www.mjtrim.com/
          A truly amazing trim store from the NY garment district. Buttons, marabou, fringe, rhinestones and dome nailhead studs, ribbon, tassels, stretch sequin trim (hidden under “beaded trim”)…pictures of everything, including all the colors, too. Huge selection; it may take you a while to find what you’re looking for.
        • Rhinestones.org http://www.rhinestones.org/
          A fabulous site with rhinestones (duh) in crystal and plastic, rhinestone banding, nailheads, mountings, setters, as well as information on what all this stuff is and how to use it.
        • Allstar Plastics http://www.allstarco.com/
          Acrylic rhinestones, plain and shaped; nailheads; mountings. Probably not of interest unless you are going to buy a LOT; this is essentially a wholesale site. I’m including it as it has such an interesting selection. If you need a *lot* of rhinestones/mountings or are going in with a couple of friends (minimum order for most pieces is 200-1500 pieces), the per-piece price is dirt cheap. No minimum dollar order, but minimum shipping charges are $13.
        • ReproDepot.com http://reprodepot.stores.yahoo.net/lchdgpk.html
          Vudu Doll recommends this site for 1/2″ pink gingham check. The site claims it’s double gauze and the swatch shown looks almost like a seersucker; hopefully it would flatten on ironing. Vudu Doll purchased some and says is lays fine once it’s interfaced, which you’d do with a collar, cuffs or belt anyway. Sold by the half-yard.
        • Hancock Fabrics http://www.hancockfabrics.com/
          Sadly, Hancock has gone out of business.
        • Fashion Fabrics Club http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/
          Had several lilac/lavender fabric swatches that looked promising; might be worth checking out. Watch out for the shipping charges.
        • Vogue Fabrics http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/home.php
          A Chicago fabric chain. Lots of everything, and they specialize in corsetry, so you can find things here you won’t otherwise. When I’m just shopping for fabric, I never seem to find what I’m looking for here, but maybe you will. If you’re in Chicagoland, it’s worth visiting; the place is huge. If you need to cover buttons for Janet or Magenta, they’ll let you use the professional button-covering machine, which apparently works better than the do-it-yourself kits and a hammer.
        • Daytona Trimming and Braid http://www.daytonatrim.com/web/
          Another NYC fabric district standout. Website reads: “Due to color distortion of web item photos, we don’t sell items through the internet. You may order via phone (212-354-1713), e-mail : daytonatrim@verizon.net or at our store location – 251 West 39th St, NY, NY 10018 between 7th and 8th Avenue.”
      • SEQUINED TAILCOATS
        • Frank Bee Costume http://www.frankbeecostume.com/laskseta.html
          Sequined tailcoats with peak lapels and satin buttons, available in S, M, and L for slightly over $200. Minor modifications would be needed, but a darn close match for a darn good price. While the photo of the women’s tailcoat appears to have squared-off tails, Rebecca writes: “I ordered this exact tailcoat (from a different place, but the catalog picture was the same) and the women’s model tails ARE swallowtail, not squared off. It is just like the men’s model, only smaller.” Men, you can order the men’s model for $270. Thanks to Venus from Barely Legal for the link! Google “skip a row tailcoat” …
      • MOUSE EARS
            The Disney Store

        http://www.disneystore.com/accessories/ear-hats/disney-parks-authentic/mn/1000292+1000809/

          Mickey Mouse ears. ‘Nuff said.

         

      • NAME (NAMEPLATE) NECKLACES
        Through the 1990s, these could be found at Target or JC Penney. Those days are gone, at least in the US; apparently UK Janets can still buy the cheap costume jewelry version. US Janets can thank Carrie Bradshaw that these are available at all: $40 buys a gold-plated sterling silver necklace. 14K ranges from $80 or $90 up to $140, depending on the price of gold, so shop around. Some Janets buy wire necklaces. They’re cheap (about $25) but look totally wrong.
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      • BRAD UNDERWEAR
        You’re looking for Jockey’s “full rise brief” (sometimes referred to as the “classic brief”). I’m not including any links here since a brief search turned up 60+ sites, and they’re sold at most major department stores. About $6.50; $5.50 if you buy the three-pack.
      • MOTORCYCLE PATCHES AND PINS
        • The 59 Club http://www.the59club.org.uk/Still around. £14 for membership (£16 outside UK). Membership good for one calendar year; pay in British pounds, or by international money order.

          Membership used to include one ’59’ patch (they call it a “cloth badge”). Their website isn’t clear, so ask. Additional cloth badges and metal lapel badges £4. Barry’s Bike Badges used to offer those in the US the opportunity to join using a credit card; doesn’t look like that’s an option any more (Barry’s has closed).

         

      • WIGS
        I find shopping on-line for wigs very difficult. It’s difficult to gauge length unless a human being is wearing them, and key word searches are nearly useless. On the bright side, sometimes you’ll luck into something, and there are now several good FAQ’s up on how to care for your wig (such as this one at http://www.headcovers.com/care_wigs.php). Check out eBay and cosplay sites too.

        • Riff Wigs
          • BuyCostumes.com (http://www.buycostumes.com/Rocky-Horror-Picture-Show-Riff-Raff-Wig/7175/ProductDetail.aspx)
            The official Rocky Horror Riff wig. A surprisingly good-looking, cheap Riff wig.
          • If you’re willing to pay international shipping, Google “Little Britain” + Andy + wig ; various UK costume sites have them. It’s basically a blond Benjamin Franklin, which is of course exactly what we want. (Thanks, Shane!)little-britain-andy-fancy-dress-wig12190
          • My Favorite Obsession: Liz Stockton’s Rocky Horror Wigs (liz@sins.la)http://www.rockywigs.com; https://www.facebook.com/rockywigs
            (Website includes price list, photos but they may be outdated)

             

            Liz has closed her Etsy and eBay stores following some customer service issues; her website appears to be up again but you’re probably best off contacting her via Facebook. She does good work but got busy, so if you’re working with her, plan ahead, be patient, and keep the lines of communication open. If you’re in a hurry, you should probably go elsewhere.

            Liz has branched out from doing wigs to doing accessories and costume pieces; I don’t think a definitive list is available at this time. The winner of the Magenta/Space division categories at the 25th anniversary was wearing wigs Liz made, and apparently the BluRay Rocky is wearing one too. I’ve liked the wigs I’ve seen of hers (the Frank wig is very nice and her Janet wig is also very popular), though I did meet one very unhappy purchaser of a “Rocky” wig. These are reasonably priced, usually about what you’d pay for a street wig you’d then have to get styled. I bought a Magenta wig from her, which I modified only a little (Liz’s wig is cut straight across the bottom front; Magenta’s hair is slightly shorter next to her face). It gets compliments and it’s held up well. I tried to do better at Outfitters and couldn’t.

             

          • Deadly Sting Tattoos and Wigs (http://deadlystingtattoos.com/
          • Jen, a Frank from NYC, is best known for her BOSS temporary tattoos. She’s branched out to do wigs, and they look pretty good. Site features 360 degree rotation capability; more photos of people wearing them are planned. The Janet wig is particularly nice. Even if you can’t afford one of her wigs yet, check out the “Tips and Tricks” suggestions for wig care, and look for her at conventions.

          • Outfitter Wigs of Hollywood (http://www.outfitterswig.com/index.html
            Website is basically an on-line business card with a small wig gallery, mostly featuring astonishing styles which require lots of hairspray.

            6626 Hollywood Boulevard
            Los Angeles, CA 90028

            (323) 462-3088

            (wide range of wigs; beautiful Bride of Frankenstein wigs)

            Good Space Magenta wigs are hard to find. Some Rocky costumers offer them but they tend to look lacquered; I haven’t seen anyone else in Outfitters’ league. Outfitters will make you a Bride wig in any color you want (send a swatch or specify a standard wig color–inquire at your local wig shop) with separate waved white hair strips.
            Outfitters did my Space wig and I will be eternally grateful. I found out about Outfitters from the Swiss cast’s Magenta. Mine was about $120 in the 1990s (shipping is extra) and was worth every cent.

            A Space Magenta wig is differently shaped than a standard Bride (Magenta’s hair is spherical; a true Bride wig is conical, like Nefertiti’s crown): send them some reference photos and tell them you want it less tall and more spherical. In the 10 years since I bought my first wig, they’re started adding a “natural” hairline to their wigs. Tell them not to for your space wig – Magenta doesn’t have one. If at all possible, have the final styling done on you.

            Properly cared for, these last. I had mine restyled more than ten years after the initial purchase; it was almost, but not quite, as expensive as buying a new one (soaking out the hairspray alone takes two days). Their stylists now are not quite as good as they were when I bought the original wig, but they’re still excellent.

            NOTE: if they tell you it will fit under an airplane seat in a wig box, they are lying. Mine fits only if I cradle it in a shopping bag. You can always wear it on the plane – I did, though this was before the Sept. 11 attacks.

          • LINGERIE FINDINGS/CORSETRY ACCESSORIESFarthingales Fabric by Mail Costume & Theatrical Supplies http://farthingalescorsetmakingsupplies.com/
          • Sells black lingerie findings, eyelets, grommets, push-up pads, corset laces…a great site. I made a garter belt with supplies I bought from them and was delighted with the merchandise and the service. Thanks to Jenny D. for finding them. Comparison shopping here is a bit inconvenient as prices are listed only on the price list, not with the items…you can’t have everything.

            Farthingales Midwest http://www.farthingalesla.com/

              This used to be Farthingales’ LA branch, but they’ve gotten out of the supply business, and all shopping is now done through Vogue Fabrics. Selection different and much smaller than the Canadian shop: notably the bones are significantly lighter. If you want to buy garter findings, forget it. On the bright side, Vogue is an excellent independent chain, and you don’t have to pay international shipping.
          • FEATHERS
            You can buy feathers cheap direct from China on eBay, but when I did, the feathers were beautiful but got black dye all over my hands. So be careful. Black coque feathers have been turning up in the “floral arrangements” section of my local Joanns, either as wreaths (a lifetime supply of Frank crown feathers!) or weird accents for floral arrangements. Worth looking into.
            • Lamplight Feather http://www.tonyhill.net/productCat43986.ctlg
              We bought some coque feathers for a Frank floorshow headdress from them; very cheap; shipped quickly and the feathers look nice. Feathers are sold by type, size and color. They also sell marabou feather trim and chandelle feather trim (for floorshow gloves), in addition to the usual chandelle feather boas and other interesting items such as ostrich feather fans,
            • Fancy Feather http://fancyfeather.com/
              Sells marabou boas of varying weights and colors, chandelle boas, coque feathers (for Frank’s feather crown), etc. Custom dyeing available; they do a lot of burlesque work.
          • MOSTLY EDDIE STUFF
            • GERMAN HELMETS
            • CHEETAH FABRIC
            • SKELETON KEYCHAINS
              Various sources – ask Google. Isn’t technology wonderful?

            • IRON CROSS RINGS
              Again, technology has advanced enough that a Google search for “Iron Cross ring” should get you there.
              • Biker Jewelry http://www.badbikerjewelry.com/
                You want the “Large Biker/Fashion Rings (Sizes 7-14).” The iron cross rings in the Small section (sizes 5-10) has extra details on the band.
            • COMEDY/TRAGEDY SILVER RINGS
              If you’re trying to get an exact match to Eddie’s Beau Sterling ring, your best bet is to troll eBay for “Beau sterling ring mask” (or something similar).
            • SKULL & CROSSBONE PINS
            • MILBRO CATAPULTS (slingshots)
              • Honestly, most people find these on eBay. Bells of Hythe, however, will make you a replica for a £34.99 setup charge (
                http://www.bellsofhythe.com/products.asp?catid=160
                ). You’ll probably spend less buying an original on eBay. They’ll sell you catapult elastic, too, but it’s red.

    The Doctor is In: Your Host

    Disclaimer: Not an actual Dr.
    Hi, I’m Ruth Fink-Winter. I have a Master’s degree in engineering, a funny name, and a serious interest in Rocky Horror. Combine that with mild obsessive tendencies and you have a good title for a webpage. That occasionally gets hits from people trolling for porn.

    Rocky Horror History

    I’ve been a fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show since 1987, when I started performing in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since then I’ve performed in casts in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, and back in Nebraska. My husband and I met at the show, got engaged there, and spent our wedding night there. We perform with a cast in greater Chicagoland. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the film across the US and occasionally outside it. I also enjoy the play.

    Ruth with the Rocky Shorts at the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock (no longer there)

    Ruth with the Rocky Shorts at the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock (they’re no longer there)

    I play Magenta, whose voice I fell in love with in 1978, and occasionally the Usherette (Trixie). I’ve served as a costume judge at the Anaheim con in California (1997), the NYC con (1998), Denver Rocks the Rockies (1999), Transylvania ’99, East Coast 2000 (Allentown), Bay Area 2000, the 25th Anniversary (Las Vegas, 2000), the Philadelphia Con (2002), The Denton Affair (Manchester, UK, 2006) the Untoucha-Touchables Con (Chicago, 2006), the 35th Anniversary (LA, 2010) and RKO Con (Providence, 2013). I was honored to receive the BOSS award in April 1998 at the NYC con for my contributions to the Rocky Horror Internet community, and to receive a Fan Award from Sal Piro at the 25th Anniversary. I was interviewed on the BBC World Service radio program “Outlook” for the Rocky Horror Show’s 30th anniversary. I received a “David” statuette at the 2001 Frankie Goes to Hollywood convention (the “Golden Sphincter” award–hmm).

    Scaring the natives with Midnight Madness (photo by George)

    Scaring the natives with Midnight Madness (photo by George)


    Other Rocky-related sites I maintain include Rockypedia.org, which used to be the Rocky Horror Frequently Asked Questions list, and the website for defunct national Rocky Horror fanzine Crazed Imaginations, which I edited from 1998-2006. I contribute to Rockyhorror.org and Rockyhorror.org’s Facebook page, in addition to providing content to bios for Rockyhorror.com and occasional contributions to RockyHorrorWiki.org . I also run cast Completely Crazy’s website and Facebook page, in addition to various other social media.

    Interests include collecting Rocky Horror items, foreign languages, vegetarian cooking, gardening, history and art.

    On the pole with Completely Crazy (photo: Susan Smith)

    On the pole with Completely Crazy (photo: Susan Smith)

    ID’ing the Dr.

    If you meet me at a con, I’ll be the person who looks like she doesn’t belong there, probably wearing jeans and a T-shirt, no makeup, with my hair in a ponytail.
    Just like internet dating site pictures, photos are kind of old; I’m a little grayer now.

    Do I Make My Own Costumes?
    Mostly. Almost anyone can learn to sew (I did!), but I now have more money than time. My most recent Magenta costume pieces were made in 2011; the oldest were made in 1991, and I wear the butcher apron I stole from my mother’s kitchen drawer in 1987 for Lab Scene. In 2001 I bought a costume for the first time but did some of the work as well as final alterations. Since then I’ve commissioned two Magenta dresses and a spacesuit, modifying them to varying degrees. I’m much happier getting creative with cardboard, duct tape and a tube of craft glue than sewing from a pattern. I’d love to buy something I could wear as is, but I’m particular and apparently I have strange measurements. After some bad experiences I usually ask that a tailor make me a muslin before doing the finished piece.

    Creating costumes is a continuous process as your abilities and knowledge of the costumes improve (and the damn things fall apart / get lost). If you can’t make a perfect costume, don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself — make the best you can, and then make a better one next time. If this means you’re cutting up something you found in a thrift store, great. That’s how most of us got started and it’s the fastest, most fun way to create your first costume. I respect people who put their time, effort and love into their costumes.

    Email me if you want to talk costumes. (If you’re going to ask questions about the Costume List, please do read it first. Thanks.)

    You’re lucky! He’s lucky! We’re all lucky! MAGENTA – A Domestic

    Did you know? Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens (born 28 May 1944) is a Northern Irish actress and singer.  Born in Belfast, she started her career as a Playboy Bunny in London.  Her late husband Robert Stephens was knighted prior to his death, giving Quinn the title of Lady Stephens.

    Note:  This was written by a very anal retentive Magenta, and edited by an Eddie.  So good luck.

    Time Warp:

    Wig & Hair Styling Tips – A Thesis.

      • Red (auburn) frizzy shoulder-length wig with center part.

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      • Dr. Ruth’s TIP:  Many Magentas just tease their hair. I found putting my hair into 20-30 wet braids the night before worked better and lasted longer. Let dry overnight. Undo the braids, frizz, hairspray, and back-comb. Using a crimper didn’t get my hair kinky enough.
      • Dr. Ruth’s TIP: Insert a small bobby pin into your hair on either side of your forehead to keep the hair out of your face – even more important if you’re wearing a wig since they’ve usually got more volume.
      • My Two CENTS:  Several Magentas have written saying that they use their own hair and it looks great. Good for them! Mine doesn’t. I’ve only met one Magenta who uses her own hair whose hair doesn’t wilt partway through the show. She’s a former cosmetology student who puts her hair in rag curls; this requires sleeping in the rollers and will damage your hair long-term. She tried it on me – it was painful and my hair wilted halfway through Time Warp. Some of us just don’t have Magenta hair.
      • You Dirty Rat: If you have to tease/rat your hair to get Magenta’s ‘do, a wig is kinder to your hair than abusing it every week. A wig only needs to be styled once, and touched up after washing. It’s always the right length. And the color doesn’t fade or require touchups.
      • Wigstock: You can get a decent-looking Magenta wig without spending a lot, though you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap wig, eventually it will turn into a giant snarl and if you have any self-respect you’ll have to replace it.
    Magenta's hair, side view

    Side view. Check out the shape.

    • If you’re getting a wig, visit the Wigs page for general tips. Keep in mind that Magenta’s hair is cut in layers; it’s shorter on top, and the ends aren’t cut straight across in front. Wigs can be ordered in a variety of colors – most are available in some shade of auburn. Your best bet is a spiral perm. It takes some faith, but brush those spiral curls together and you’ll see Magenta start to appear. Looser curls won’t look right and they rat even faster than the spirals do. Spiral perms tend to be extra-long, so order yours too long rather than too short and have it cut.

    White Maid’s Cap

    • This can be made in less than an hour by hand with basic sewing skills. About a 5″ diameter circle of white fabric edged with white scalloped flat lace ruffle (approximately 1.5″ wide looks good) and an attached white bow at the back (also about 1.5″ wide). The bow’s ends should hang behind the cap a couple of inches. There are 3 radial folds (two look like they make up one box pleat) in the cap at the back, scrunching the cap a little so it’s not a perfect circle.
    • TIP: Secure with bobby pins (through little thread loops on the underside of the cap, or not). Bobby pins are available in white. Caps attached to a comb or a barrette (or with only one bobby pin) tend to flip during Time Warp. (Here’s how I make mine.)

    White apron with shoulder straps

    • The apron is made of sheer material.
    • The front panel is a rectangle wider than it is long, and its top is a little narrower than the bottom (So it’s really a trapezoid – so sue me.) Panel is tapered in with 2 vertical folds on each side that go about 1/4 of the way down the apron. The front panel extends from the waist about 2/3 of the way down the skirt. The apron’s front panel is edged with a pleated ruffle (about 10 pleats on each side and 16 along the bottom).
    • The apron waistband runs across the top of the front panel and ties in a bow in back. The two shoulder straps each have 3-4 vertical pleats. The straps are sewn into the center front of the waistband right next to each other, and in back they attach to the sash on either side of the bow.
    • Magenta’s apron straps slip off her shoulders a lot. It gets old. Make yours just a little too short so they won’t.
      TIP: Several people suggested using velcro to attach the straps; eventually I tried it, and it works really well without being very noticeable. I recommend using sew-on velcro (you wash your costume, don’t you?) with black on the shoulders of the dress and white on the apron straps. You don’t need a lot; the pieces I used were maybe half an inch long. I put the soft half of the velcro on the shoulders to minimize my wig catching on it. Be very careful placing the velcro so the straps lie flat and look natural; I pinned mine in place before sewing them down and tried the costume on a couple of times to be sure.
    • IMPORTANT TIP: if at all possible, when throwing your apron away after cleaning Brad’s glasses, throw it into a theater seat. I’ve lost more aprons and caps, and this makes it easier to find and less likely to land in a puddle of soda (it stains).

    Black dress (white collar and cuffs)

    • Synthetic fabric. (At least it looks like it, and sadly, cotton fades.) Knee-length; fastened with button loops. Elbow-length sleeves with white cuffs. For some reason, the collar isn’t quite attached for about the first inch on Magenta’s right side but falls loose. Unbutton dress so it’s about even with bra (which shows a bit); unbutton it from the bottom up to about crotch level. The dress and collar are not made of the same material; to me, the dress looks synthetic and the cuffs look like they’re cotton or at least a blend.
    • Cuffs: Probably cotton. The cuffs are a single white band of fabric folded up and over the sleeves. The short ends of the cuff aren’t sewn together, forming a V-shaped gap.  Mina Tip: notes that the stiff collar from a small man’s white shirt makes a great cuff (check the size first).  May I  Suggest: Authentic cuffs fall down a lot. A wise Magenta tacks hers in place.
    • Buttons: The buttons run down the left side about 1.25″ from the front opening of the dress. They are 3/8″ or 5/8″ diameter, covered with black fabric and fastened with button-loops.  You’ll have to make both buttons and loops. (Covered buttons can be bought in white, but they’re usually satin, which doesn’t dye well.) Buy the button fronts and backs at a fabric store (they come with instructions and sometimes a little tool), cut little circles of material, and then snap the fronts and backs together. (Make a few extra.)  The easiest way to make the loops is probably to sew a long thin tube of fabric, then turn it inside out and cut it into sections. When fastened around the buttons, about 3/8″ of the loop shows. Mina tip: suggests making them out of double-folded black bias tape, which is easier but gives you less control over the width. Do not make loops out of anything that ravels, and make sure they are securely sewed onto the dress, preferably with at least two rows of machine stitching.
      TIP: Use synthetic fabric for the loops. My last dress was made of synthetic, which didn’t fade, and cotton loops, which did. Looked awful.
      TIP: Test the loops after you’ve sewn them on; it’s easy to fasten enough of the loop to your dress that it won’t go over the buttons. And if the loops are too long, your dress will gap.
    • PLEATING – DRESS: There are three narrow (~ 5mm) sewed-down pleats (“pin tucks”) all the way down the front of the dress on both sides of the front opening. They are about 7/8″ to 1.25″ apart. The tucks on Magenta’s right side are about 1.25″ from the center opening, and the the tucks on the left side are very close to the buttons.  The best photos showing the front pleats are the Mick Rock outtakes of Frank, Magenta and Columbia.
    • PLEATING – SLEEVES: There are also 3 long pin tucks on the sides of Magenta’s sleeves. They are spaced ~1.25″ apart and start wide at the cuffs, tapering to almost nothing at the top. They are pressed towards the front of the dress. I used to think they went from the cuffs 2/3 of the way up the sleeve. Now I’m no longer sure; they may go to a shoulder seam. After checking the photo evidence, the pleats on my latest dress don’t. Decide for yourself. This is from the Mick Rock shot on the back of Poster Magazine Number One (Frank on the cover), courtesy of Fox.
      Sleeve pleats, as hi-res as I could scan 'em.

      Sleeve pleats, as hi-res as I could scan ’em.

      The large video/DVD poster (“Go Both Ways”) also shows the sleeve pleats.

    They’re a huge pain. You can always fake them by making tiny rectangles of fabric, pointing the tops, and sewing the damn things on.

     UNDERWEAR & Shoes!

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    • Black deep plunge underwire bra with multicolored sequins. – There is a little black bow on the strap between the cups. Cups are “demi” style, offering minimal coverage, scalloped and trimmed along the edges with sequins (scattered no more than two deep, not too close together; some are blue, red and purple).
    • Black string bikini bottom – There is a little red bow, the sort used to trim a bra, where the elastic over the right leg meets the fabric of the crotch.
      Note tiny red bow.

      Note tiny red bow.

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    • Garter belt, seamed black stockings – The garter belt is just black elastic and straps with no extra fabric. If this is in fashion, praise the gods and order 2. If you’re modifying a garter belt by removing fabric panels, keep in mind that the elastic will stretch a lot more when you’ve cut off the fabric. It might be easier to start from scratch. Either be very careful indeed with how much elastic you use, or sew it to something that won’t stretch (I used black ribbon). I had a lot of trouble finding black lingerie findings; there’s a wonderful site on the links page.
    • Black granny/Victorian button boots – Spike heeled, mid-calf. The boots are lower in back then in front and the tops dip in a “v” in the very front (which is otherwise the highest part of the boot), and they fasten on the outer sides with 7 black buttons. They’re probably suede; some people think they’re satin but the Blu-Ray has me leaning towards suede. I bought Victorian reproductions; some of the Funtasma shoes look OK, and Betsey Johnson did some suede ones that look amazing but the heels are too damn high.

    Multicolored spiky-feathered feather duster with cane handle.

    • Both handle and the feathered part are very long. On most prints the feathers look brown/red, but there are actually several colors, including pink, yellow, red and green – freeze frame the movie and it’s quite clear. Dollar Tree sells some with a really short handle; I’ve seen them with longer handles sold on eBay. If you can’t find multicolored, chicken’s feather dusters tend to look best. I found mine in Chinatown (check the hardware stores). I finally took the plunge and glued other colored feathers to it; this turned out to be surprisingly easy (place feather; dab end of feather with tacky craft glue; press into place. Repeat.)
    • Red tape at the base of the feathers; as far as I can tell, there’s a mint-green strip spiraling down the cane handle, and the handle itself is red. I tried mint-green paint and it didn’t work and finally glued a narrow mint-green ribbon spiraled around mine. I used red paint; I’ve since discovered a red Sharpie marker is much easier and more convenient for touchups. Helpful Tip: if you’re painting your duster and it’s actually made of cane, you may want to soak it first – just put it in a vase of water for 45 minutes like an exotic flower. The occasional soak keeps the handle supple and makes it less likely to split – and you won’t want to do this after it’s painted.
    • Use apron to dry Brad’s glasses, then set aside for “Scare the Monster.”

    Creation Scene:

    Light pink rubber(?) mask.

    • Well, it’s some sort of unhemmed stretchy material. Hooks around the ears, covers the tip of the nose, and comes to a blunt point below the chin. Surprisingly easy to make yet many performers don’t have one. Pink felt works nicely and requires no hemming or special tools other than scissors.

    White cotton lab apron with wide neckstrap.

    • TIP: Put on after “Go and assist Riff Raff.” Covers Magenta’s chest and is as long as her dress. Corners are rounded, and it ties in back with a thin tie. A butcher’s apron works, and some craft stores sell similar craft aprons for about $5. Trouble getting it off in time? Cut one of the neck straps off and add velcro or a snap.
    • PROP – Big metal scissors.

    Scare the Monster:

    • Direction: Put on white apron from Time Warp (hopefully you’ve found it again by now).
    • White yarn mop with unpainted wooden handle.
    • Useful for sweeping up extra rice. I’m told these can be found in Mexican groceries; I ordered half a dozen cheap from a janitorial supply place (they needed sanding and the shipping was as much as the mops).

    Toucha Toucha:

    • TIP: Remove maid’s cap, right boot and right stocking. Yes, you’ll have time to put the boot and stocking back on if you don’t dawdle.

    Marabou-trimmed chiffon negligee

    • About knee-length, with loose elbow-length sleeves. Trimmed with pinkish-brownish marabou feathers. For suggestions on sewing chiffon, check out DIY: Finding and Making the Stuff.
    • Fastened fairly closely around the bust, full skirt. The front is opaque while the back is not, so I’m guessing it’s lined or overlaps in front.
    • The front neck has some sort of thin black ruffly trim, and the back half of the neck is trimmed with pinkish-brown marabou feather trim. (This is very hard to see. Watch how the trim floats and I think you’ll agree it’s a feather trim.)
    • Sleeves and hem are trimmed with matching pinkish-brown marabou feather trim. A black ribbon hangs from each sleeve, apparently over the marabou. A little ribbon bow? Still haven’t figured it out.
    • Some Magentas recommend threading the marabou trim through thread loops attached to the dress instead of sewing it on (for easy removal when laundering).
    • Marabou can be hand-washed; it will look ruined but isn’t. Fluff up after it dries and it will be fine.

    Silver (chrome) hair dryer.

    • Silver with white handle and cord. Most people spraypaint one and it looks crappy. Try to find one that’s chrome.

    Round bottle of red nail polish.

    • Retro-styled bottle: seen from the front it looks like a circle. Flat front, round sides, white cylindrical cap. I’ve had the devil’s own time finding the right bottle shape; if you find one with a different polish color in it, buy it, dump the polish, and put red polish in it (this was harder to do than I thought).
    • I’ve been doing this a million years TIP: If Columbia paints your toenails with one light coat, it will dry before the next scene.

    Magazine and a cigarette.

    You won’t need this unless your cast does the “ring around the lesbians” bit where Dr. Scott circles Magenta and Columbia. But after years of squinting, now we know, thanks to the Blu-Ray (and Mina Credeur’s sharp eye) that Magenta is reading Movie Mirror. Hit eBay…or ask Mina for a reproduction.

    Pre-Dinner Scene:

    • Put stocking and boot back on. Put on Time Warp apron, letting straps slide off your shoulders.

    Close-fitting wrap-around sleeveless black chiffon negligee

    • Just past knee-length. Wide shoulder straps are made of the same piece of material as the dress. The fabric comes down from the shoulders over the middle of the cups, crossing left over right below Magenta’s bra, fastening and overlapping at her waist, leaving a triangle of bare skin showing below the bra. The hem is trimmed with blue(?) sequins, as is the crossover edge of the dress on Magenta’s left from the collarbone to the hem. There are no sequins on the right crossing-over edge.
    • TIP: For suggestions on sewing chiffon, check out DIY: Finding and Making the Stuff.
    • The bodice and the skirt of the dress are separate pieces attached at the waist (note the thin horizontal line above Magenta’s garter belt) and the “straps” are joined at the top of the shoulder with a shoulder seam.
    • TIP: This dress can be faked by cutting a triangular hole under the bust of a sleeveless black negligee with built-in bra and stitching a diagonal line of sequins down the front.

    Gold gong and wooden drumstick (round head) to hit it with.

    • TIP: Paint a “frying pan cover” (remove handle with pliers) or a dinner tray. I’ve seen them made of styrofoam, too. A metal garbage can lid might work. After 20 years, I just bought a gong; some folks use a cymbal (cheaper).

    Super Heroes – you’re almost done for the night:

    Space wig (“Bride of Frankenstein”)

    • TIP: If you have long hair, pin it up, stuff with paper towels, and put in white wavy stripes. (White hair spray doesn’t show up well.) You can try this with your Magenta wig, but it usually looks squashed and crappy.
    • White strips of hair are fairly inexpensive; they can be bought and styled at wig shops. The white strips of hair should be waved (maybe with wave clips). Someone at the wig shop will know how.
    • Crappy Bride of Frankenstein wigs from a magic/novelty shop are only about $30, but your own hair will look better. (They are black and the entire wig, white stripes and all, is made of tight curls. It’s an ugly poodle hat. Just don’t do it.)
    • A good wig costs from $70 to $200. If you aren’t buying a Space Wig, you will want to slightly modify a true Bride wig; the original Bride wig is wedge-shaped and taller; Magenta’s is more spherical (and auburn). The most common problem among good Magenta wigs is being too tall. My wig shop recommends synthetic hair (and LOTS of hairspray) for this style.

    Spacesuit.

    • Good luck. The color photo from the RHPS Book is a MIRROR IMAGE. (The black and white photo is correct.)
      {The April 2005 Mick Rock calendar has a nice side view with a good view of the anklet/boots.}
    • Quilted gold wraparound top with front and back “skirt” flaps (quilted in diagonal squares and rectangles, NOT JUST SQUARES) with double black vinyl fins, belt, black rectangular “buckle” with 4 vertical gold half-cylinders (beveled ends), and black lightning bolt pin (stitched on looks wrong – surface is visibly flat and you can see it reflecting light in some pictures)

    Silver gloves with black vinyl sleeves / gauntlets

    • Sleeves are edged with thin border of gold lamé. You can buy gold binding tape, or just use thin strips of lamé.
    • There are three short stitched 3-D wavy lines (i.e., 6 lines of stitching, 2 defining each line) on the back of the glove near where the sleeve tip comes over the back of the hand. Riff’s and Mags’ gloves are also the same size.
    • TIP: Silver gloves can be brought at bridal boutiques or accessories stores. (You can buy silver firefighter’s gloves from an army/navy surplus store, but they have suede palms, only 3 fingers and get really hot. I couldn’t make them work, though others have.)
    • The sleeves are made of shiny vinyl and extend in a point over the back of the hands. They will need to be reinforced to hold their shape. Try bridal stiffener or TimTex (a kind of stiff paper sold by the yard at fabric stores – used for things like wide-brimmed garden hats or fabric bowls), buckram (a type of stiff cloth), or thin quilt batting.
    • The inner edge of the glove sleeve comes to just over mid-forearm on the inner arm, and the outer edge extends to a point just past the elbow. Do not cut sleeves too long on the inner arm or you won’t be able to bend your elbows.
    • TIP: Some band supply shops sell black vinyl gauntlets, and you can buy Darth Vader gloves and cut ’em up.

    Underwear, Stockings and Boots

    • Spike-heel patent black ankle boots with silver-backed cuffs cut into points (“elf booties”). Magenta’s have at least five points; they curve out slightly. Some people cut their own; I take the boots and a pattern for what to cut to a shoe repair shop. They look at you funny, but the work is professional.
      You can make lamé-backed cuffs and velcro them over a pair of boots.
    • Spiked gold anklet. – The anklet is gold with 3 rows of silver spikes arranged in a diamond pattern. 3/4″ spikes look right. Make the anklet out of leather or upholstery from an auto shop. Worn on left ankle.
    • Black undies, black stockings and garterbelt. (Yes, still wearing those from earlier.)