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    OH Rocky! How could you?

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

    Creation Scene:

    Blond wig.

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

    GRockyold leather briefs.

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

    Short Notes:

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

      Detail of the “R”

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

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

    Gold boxing boots with white laces.

    • Close up detail.

      Close up detail.

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

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

     Weights:

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

    Touch a Touch Me!

    White rags:

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

    Floorshow:

    Rocky’s Floorshow Boa:

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

    Sequined black front-lace corset

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

    Gauntlets

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

    Underwear / Stockings / Shoes

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

     

    I would like….if I may…..

    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.

    If you think you notice a mistake or just want to chat about costuming, please email me. (If you see something that is wrong/incomplete, tell me which scene I can see the detail in question; I reply much faster if you send a photo/screencap than if I have to drag out the Blu-Ray.) I am happy to talk with anyone so long as a tone of mutual respect is maintained. Yes, the site is still regularly updated; for details, see “What’s New” below.

    All mistakes on this list are mine –nothing goes onto the site until I have verified it with my own eyes.

    The DVD and Blu-Ray really changed everything. Now everyone can have access to high-quality stills. If you want to do serious detail work, buy a copy. I bought a DVD player specifically to watch Rocky, then did the same thing for the Blu-Ray. Get a player with zoom capabilities. If you’re looking for DVD software for your computer, I recommend PowerDVD; it has screen capture capabilities and frame advance. Blu-Ray capture is significantly more difficult.

    How To Use This List

    This list is intended for fans who want to recreate the costumes from the movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
    If you are costuming a production of the play “The Rocky Horror Show,” I can’t stop you from using this website for reference. But I can strongly encourage you to do what Sue Blane did and costume the play using your own original ideas, or, if you must, using her designs as a jumping-off point instead of slavishly copying them. Please leave that to us fans.

    • If you want to know what costume pieces a character wears, go to that character’s page.
    • If you want to know how to make yourself up like a character (including tattoos), visit the Makeup by Character and Tips & Tricks page.
    • If you are wondering how to find costume pieces or want general tips on making costumes or costume care, visit the DIY / Costume & Prop Tips & Tricks page.
    • If you are looking for specific websites which sell shoes, gloves, etc. or want to find people who will make costumes for you, visit our Links page.
    • If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or you think you’ve found a mistake or omission, by all means email me. Please do check out any details you write about before emailing me, though; if you haven’t bothered to check the detail, why should I?