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    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.

    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?