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

    Damn It Janet!:


    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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.)


    • 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.


    • 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.

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    These are scene-by scene breakdowns of costumes and hand props for a screen-accurate rendition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Makeup (including tattoos and scars) is treated separately in the Makeup section. This list is based on observations of several different prints of the film, discussions with other fans, and extensive use of Rocky Horror posters, books, magazines, video, DVD, Blu-Ray, stills, etc. I’ve had lots of excellent help. (My thanks to everyone on the Rocky Horror newsgroup for their input and support; I miss you guys.)

    The descriptions here are not perfect; this is a work in progress. If what’s on this list doesn’t look like what’s on-screen, go with what’s on-screen. This list is NOT “definitive” and is intended as a convenience to people assembling costumes, not the word of God.

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