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    Riff Raff – Getting Handy

    Window / Time Warp:


    • Bald wig with blond hair glued on.
      Hair should be sort of thin, and not all cut off neatly the same length. Riff’s hair is stringy and dirty-looking; you may want to grease the hair with gel or lotion. If your Riff wig has beautiful, silky hair, fix it.

      • Dr. Ruth’s TIP: Bald? Glue a weft of blond hair directly to your head. (Not bald? You can always buy the commercial Riff wig – see the Links page.)

    • Black ripped tailcoat. The tailcoat has peak lapels and is short in front with swallowtail tails in back. The transition from the front of the jacket to the tails is abrupt, not gradual. 2 large fabric-covered buttons placed vertically below the lapels on each side of coat. (These are easiest to see right before Riff goes to scare the monster.) The top button’s (on Riff’s left) fabric covering has worn off slightly. Two fabric-covered buttons are placed horizontally above the tails. Used tailcoats can be bought from a formalwear shop. Or cut tails out of black fabric and stitch to a suit jacket.

      Both sleeves have been ripped out — the right cuff only a little, the left cuff, almost to the elbow. A shred of fabric on the left shoulder stands up almost vertically–make out of fabric glued to a pipe-cleaner, segment of wire hanger, or part of a thin pet collar. There are also long string-like black shreds hanging from the jacket near the tails. Inner pocket on left side (store bloody rag to dry Janet here).

    • Hump.

      Use wadded up cloth or small pillow fastened into the coat. Pins comes undone easily and may tear your jacket. You can also sew a belt onto the jacket back which can then be fastened around the hump. A fabric belt with a sliding buckle (not a traditional prong-type belt) will probably be easiest.

    • Bloodstained backless low-cut white piqué tuxedo vest (waistcoat) with narrow lapels.

      3 buttonholes; only one button (white plastic) is fastened. (Which one varies by scene.) Bottom of left side of waistcoat is frayed. The largest bloodstains are on Riff’s right side: there is a horizontal bloodstain with a slight drip below the waistline, and a long vertical bloodstain above it. A red marker works.

    • Half-finger leather black gloves with mesh backs (use biking or weightlifting gloves).

      There are two wide parallel holes on the left one: one on the back of the hand, one nearer the fingers.

    • Bloody rag (white, dishtowel sized).
      Kept in left inner pocket of tux jacket.

    • Green wine bottle with gold label and clear champagne coupe.

      I suggest plastic for safety. Try modifying a green 1 liter bottle (wrong shape, but shatterproof) or get a joke bottle of bubble bath. For the coupe, don’t use the two-piece thin plastic coupes sold as partyware; they get smashed very quickly. Plastic margarita glasses that look like coupes can be found for about $3 each; ask Google.
      Pour yourself a drink in the elevator, and hand coupe to Frank in the lab.

    • White suspenders.

      The old-fashioned kind that look like an upside-down “Y” in front and button onto the inside of the trouser waistband.

    • Tight black pants with white and black lacing on the legs.

      The left leg is laced with white lacing about a third of the way to the knee (3 X-shaped stitches, bow at the top). The right leg is laced the same way with black lacing. Lace loosely so pantlegs flare a little.

    • Black undies to save time in the Takeover scene.

    • White spat.

      Bloodstained on both sides. Wear on right boot. Military supply stores, formalwear and costume shops sell spats. Cut the heel and toe off a white sock if you can’t find spats. No, I don’t think there is a black spat on the left boot. No strap can be seen on the underside of Riff’s sole when Frank kicks him during Sword of Damocles.

    • Black Beatle boots.

      The toes are quite pointed; medium tapered “cuban” heel (like a cowboy boot). Centre seam cut (looks a bit like a spat); it’s a style the Beatles wore and the boot is available from sites that cater to Beatles tribute bands – Google Beatle boots, Chelsea boots, or winklepickers. (See the Links page.)

    Scare the Monster:

    • Bloody rag from Time Warp scene.

    • Gold candelabrum with 13 white candles.

      It stands on the floor with little feet at the end of the vertical stem. Leafy motif near the candles; twisted rope design on the stem. 6 candles in lower and middle tier; 1 candle in top tier. Electric candles can be used and candelabrum plugged into wall. Battery-powered candles can be bought around Christmas. Make sure they’re secure; secure candles with poster tack or clay if you don’t want to glue them.

    Takeover:

    • Space wig.

      Bonus points for a separate wig – the hair can be made erect using liquid latex, spray starch or white glue with a metal wire support. Use a plastic banana on a wire for laughs. If you’re using your own hair and it’s the right length, hairspray or gel.

    • Spacesuit.

      • Good luck. The color photo from the RHPS Book is a MIRROR IMAGE. (The black and white photo is correct.)
        For a good photo, check out the April 2005 Mick Rock calendar for 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.
    • Chrome pitchfork spacegun.

      Richard confirmed on Rocky Radio June 8, 1999 that: “[The gun] was chrome, it was silver…it’s some kind of fiberglass body that had been silvered somehow or other…plasticized silver.” Of course, if you have the choice between silver spraypaint and gold spraypaint, gold will still look more natural. Haven’t tried chrome spraypaint; if you have, send me a pic.

      Both the handle and the “sight” (an upward-pointing prong) angle back toward the pitchfork handle and are tipped with a ball. An upside-down lightning bolt protrudes from the front of the ball on the “sight.”
      The sight is attached to the gun where the prongs meet the pitchfork’s handle. All the pieces (handle, sight, tines, etc.) have a round cross-section. The circular “guard” around the trigger looks like a napkin ring. Handle is duller than rest of gun. The tines and the “sight” have a smaller diameter than the handle and the part of the gun that extends backwards beyond the handle. All three tines are the same length, and they taper.

      Use wooden beads from a craft store or ping-pong balls for the balls on the end of the tubes. Styrofoam balls are hard to paint and most glues melt them. Gun can be modified from a devil’s pitchfork (we used hot nails to hold it together–glue wasn’t enough) or be made of wood or metal. A box that makes electronic zapping noises is cool, but no one will hear it. Red LED’s at the end of each tine look great; red laser pointers don’t read as well. The best-looking gun I’ve seen that didn’t require welding was made by Scott Matheus. It’s plastic–he sanded it, coated it with red primer (a trick he from a public TV program on gilding), then applied two coats each of gold spraypaint and clear shellac. The problem with plastic is that eventually someone will step on it and break it (someone did).

    • 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. (Maybe he wears them the whole show? Whatever floats your boat.)

    Making a quick and dirty maid’s cap

    aka I lost the damn thing again

    I won’t claim this is perfect, but I’ve yet to find a better way to do it, and I’ve made four or five of the things over the last 14 years. It beats wearing a coffee filter on your head.

    Supplies:
    *About ¼ of a yard of white cotton, not woven too tightly (1/3 of a yard would be better; don’t screw up)
    *Approx 16” of scalloped lace trim, 1.5” wide at its widest point
    *White thread, needles, pins, a ruler or tape measure

    CUT IT:
    Cut a 5.25” diameter circle (finished cap is 5” in diameter; I am including a ¼” seam allowance all the way round)

    FOLD IT:
    Pin in place three folds originating from the center back, where you’re going to put the bow. If you aren’t feeling that detail-oriented, the folds can be omitted but it won’t look as good. I suggest lighting ironing the folds into place and then tacking them down with very tiny stitches spread far apart (you want it to look natural).

    DECORATE IT:
    Pin under the seam allowance and either baste it down now or pin the lace underneath it so you can sew on the lace and sew under the seam allowance at the same time. (It saves time, sort of, but it’s fiddly and harder to take apart later.) Pin the lace so it overlaps itself at the center back, under where you’re going to put the bow so the join won’t show.

    For the ribbon:
    Cut a 21.5”x 3.5” rectangle of the same white fabric (I used 21.5” last time; up to 23” or so is fine; again, this includes a ¼” seam allowance all around.)

    Fold the ribbon right side to right side and sew along the edge ¼” from the edge, making a tube. Turn the tube inside out so the right sides are on the outside. Cut the ends diagonally, making a trapezoid.

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    Finish the ends, tucking the ragged ends in and sewing them inside your trapezoid.

    (Yes, you could just use 1.5” width white ribbon…but it looks crappy. The texture’s wrong, and it won’t have the correct body when you tie it into a bow.)

    Tie your trapezoid “ribbon” into a bow, keeping the two “tails” of the bow about the same length. The center of the bow shouldn’t be totally flat; let it have a little body.

    Tack the bow onto the cap at the base of your radiating folds (or just where you overlapped the lace if you skipped the folds). Tack down both the loops and the center of the bow to the cap with double thread; it’s sort of heavy.

    WEAR IT:
    I find the best way to attach the cap is with bobby pins. (Take them off after every wearing; I used to leave them attached but got rust stains when my costume bag got damp. Just don’t do it.)
    Slide one bobby pin along each side and one along the back under your bow so it doesn’t flop around. Buy auburn or white bobby pins.

    TIP: Some Magentas suggest making thread loops or making small loops out of satin cord underneath on either side for the bobby pins so they don’t show. I’ve been Magenting for more than 30 years and never found it necessary.

    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):

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      • 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).

  • 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.

    Magsdinnerhair

      • 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.)

    Damn it Janet! What you need to be a slut.

    Damn It Janet!:

    JanethatbretonfromMarkMamadscientistHair:

    You’ll probably need to use big rollers to get the hair right. Sarandon rolled hers from ear to ear, the rollers’ axes parallel to her partline and the line of rollers perpendicular to it.

    Hat & Earrings:

    • A white felt brimmed hat. The hat brim edge is finished with a very thin piece of felt, placed like binding tape (probably over a piece of wire that gives the brim its shape).
    • Trimmed around the crown with a wide white ribbon of filmy fabric (chiffon?) and a multi-looped bow (5 loops?) at the back. Very hard to find; Janets who have one usually find something on eBay and modify it. “Hat forms” in the bridal section of the fabric store might work.
    • Secure at front of head with bobby pins. Janet’s is held on at the center front with what might be a hat pin…still checking.
    • Tiny gold wire hoop earrings.

    Clothing:

    • Two-piece purple polyester proposal suit.  Double-breasted, waist-length lavender boxy jacket with a pointed shirt-type collar, 6 large fabric-covered buttons (in two lines of 3), no cuffs, and a mid-thigh length A-line skirt.
    • TIP: Try modifying a commercial sewing pattern; Janets I know have had good luck with Buttericks and Simplicity.
    • Jacket has princess seams into the armpits both front and back. The sleeves (slightly too short) are slightly gathered at the top (the “cap” or “crown”). TIP:  For quick changing, make buttons decorative only and sew snaps underneath.
    • Skirt has a separate waistband. Silver zipper is on the left hip of the skirt, in the seam, though zipper is in back as Janet watches Brad run up the church steps. Both front and back of skirt consist of a flared center panel and 2 flared side panels (skirt has side seams–this is a “6 gore style”).
    • Blouse: Janet wears a white blouse (worn tucked in) under the jacket.
    • TIP: You probably won’t have time to take it off. Pull your slip up or sew a wide white strip around the base of the jacket, long enough so it stays tucked in when you raise your arms. A little white should show at the collar, too, and a little of the sleeve shows when her sleeves ride up.
    • TIP: I recommend wearing the pink dress underneath to minimize changing time.
    • White underwire pushup bra.
    • White half-slip with scalloped lace trim.  The slip has a lace-edged triangular slit on the left.
    • White hipster undies.  There is a little white ribbon bow above the leg holes at the front of each leg. There is also scalloped lace trim (with the curved bits facing down and about three scallops) extending diagonally from the sides of the underwear to the front bottom of each leg. The best place to see this is on the DVD; this is a detail that you just can’t see without a good clear freeze-frame (it goes by too fast on the big screen).
    • Pantyhose – Flesh-tone, Sandalfoot.
    • Black satin bikini briefs under white underwear (for Floor Show)
    • Black Mary Jane shoes.  Open sides, covered toes, instep strap, small metal buckle, and chunk heels.

    Accessories:

    • Pearl necklace.  (Heh.  Pearl Necklace)
    • White patent plastic “box” purse. Collapsed at the top so it has a triangular cross section; slightly raised white oval clasp edged in silver at front bottom center. The flap with the closure on it is the same size/shape as the side of the purse. Lined in black. The strap, made of silver chain, is long enough that the purse hangs at her hip.
    • DID YOU KNOW? After this first scene, Janet carries the purse with the chain doubled up, which makes it look considerably shorter.
    • DIRECTION: Leave purse behind or in front of you when Brad drops ring; pick up again before car scene.
    • Gold/diamond engagement ring.  TIP:Give ring to Brad before the show to put in his ring box.
    • Bouquet:  Mostly white and pink roses, with a big pink rose in the middle. There are spikes of lily of the valley around the edges, and a few fern fronds. The bouquet uses a white bouquet form which is surrounded by white lace (with a flower and polka dot pattern) with a wide pink ribbon tied in a big bow around the handle.

    There’s a Light:

    tumblr_mopcmlDnMQ1qib8vfo8_400Pink Dress

    • Pink dress: Round Peter Pan collar made of ~1/2″ pink gingham (almost impossible to find), with seam ~1/4″ from edge. The two round pieces of the collar do not meet in the middle; there is a space between them.
    • Dress is mid-thigh length with princess seams and skirt flares out from the waist. The bodice and skirt are two separate pieces which have been sewed together at the waist. Dress zips up the back. There are two small darts on each side running down from the waistline (not lined up with the trim), and there are two bust darts. Deep hem — about 2″.
    • Six white plastic 2-hole buttons (largeish; maybe 5/8″?) etched with a flower design run down the center front from neck to waist. A line of white scalloped trim runs along each side of the bust to the waist. (It looks sort of like little sideways U’s on top of each other, with the rounded parts facing the sides of the dress.) I’m sorry, I don’t have any good photos, but it’s very easy to see on the big screen.
      The waist is secured with a wide (~ 1.5″) pink gingham belt with white cut-out circular plastic buckle. Buckle is matte and has a round cross-section.
    • Long sleeves, trimmed with gingham cuffs. Cuffs button (unbuttoned when Riff pulls the sweater off) and are about 2″ wide. The button(s?) are on the outside of the cuff. Looks like 1-button.

    Accessories:

    • Lightweight white cardigan sweater. Worn unbuttoned. Extends over her hip. Buttons up the front with small round shiny 2-hole white buttons. No collar. Long sleeves cut like a sweatshirt’s (“raglan sleeves”), with the cuffs rolled up. Janet wears her collar outside the sweater.
    • White Mary Jane shoes.  Covered back and toes, but the middle of the shoe is cut low. Instep strap; chunk heel.
    • Round white plastic barrettes. – Barrettes are flat (i.e., cross-section is not round). Hard to find. Buy oval barrettes and paint with model enamel. Or glue condoms or curtain rings to snap clip metal barrettes (the kind that flex open and shut).
    • Gold script “Janet” necklace.
    • BONUS POINTS: Hershey bar (plain), Plain Dealer newspaper.

    Creation Scene:

    • DIRECTION: Remove barrettes on your way to the elevator.
    • White lab coat.   The sleeves should cover your hands, and it should reach to about mid-calf. There is a pocket on the left side, which falls somewhere above Janet’s waist, a front pocket on each side, and pocket-sized slits in both sideseams (think trouser pocket access). Notched lapels. See Brads.

    janetundiesPre-Bedroom Scene:

    • Long pink robe with embroidery on the back.  Columbia throws it at you as she shows you your room. DIRECTION: Janet puts it on as she peers at the monitors, then removes it as she gets into bed.

    Bedroom Scene:

    • Direction: Take off your shoes. Ditch your purse.
    • Janet does not wear her robe or slip in bed.
    • Bonus Points: An extra wig can be fun to pull off Frank’s head.

    Toucha Toucha:

    • Tearaway slip. Use velcro or many small clear snaps. Tear off a horizontal strip from the vent to the middle first; then a strip most of the way from the middle to the elastic waistband.
    • 2 rags (one lace-edged) to tie as bandages on Rocky.  Tie lace side up on Rocky’s right arm above the elbow; also tie a bandage on his left hand. Use slip strips if you’ve velcroed your slip.

    Pre-Dinner Scene:

    • If you don’t do a tearaway slip you will need a second slip with the whole front and most of the back ripped off for scenes after Toucha.  On Janet’s right there are two strips that hang from the waistband–a wider one towards her hip, then a skinnier one right next to it towards her front. On Janet’s left, there is a long skinny strip hanging down–it is longer than the slip.
    • DIRECTION: Put white shoes back on before dinner.
    • TIP: This is also a good time to put on fishnets and garter belt if they won’t show too much.

    Janet Floor Show

    • TO DO: Take off engagement ring.

    tumblr_lvnziuX2ZG1qib8vfo1_500Boa

    • Red, black and yellow netting boa (mostly red and black).   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-laced corset

    • Sequined black front-lace corset worn correctly (Men’s corsets are worn upside down.)

    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 actually sell sequined gauntlets.

    Underwear

    • Black satin undies, and black satin garter belt with crinkly metallic red straps (3 per side) and black findings.   Actually, the crinkly red straps are sewn onto the regular black straps of the garter belt, with stitching straight down the middle of the red piece.
    • Seamed Fishnets stockings:  Fishnets 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 the black underwear under your white underwear to save time, and put the fishnets on over your pantyhose.

    Black patent high heeled pumps

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

    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.

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    • 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

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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:

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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.

    Eddie's helmet

    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.
    Eddie's sunglasses and strap

    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.
    Eddie in action

    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.