Fashion in Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

What do science fiction, cross-dressing aliens, and choreographed dancing all have in common? The makings of the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course! While most seventh graders were swooning over Leo DiCaprio and slow dancing to “Un-Break My Heart,” I spent my weekends memorizing the words to “Dammit Janet” and practicing the moves to the Time Warp. By college, my RHPS fangirl status had progressed to midnight screenings, sequined tap dancing costumes, and throwing rice at movie screens.

In Rocky Horror, costumes take center stage. When the actors aren’t clad in 1970’s wedding pastels or their skivvies, they’re clad in a cacophony of burlesque-style undergarments, sequins, mouse ears, spiked leather jackets, and bedazzled leotards. Whether or not you’re planning to attend a midnight showing, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will provide all the campy costume ideas you’ll need for a truly happy Halloween!

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Starring Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Tim Curry — oh, and Meat Loaf — the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical was meant as a parody of the science fiction, horror, and B-movies that marked the late 1940s through the early ’70s.

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

The story centers around Janet Weiss (Sarandon) and Brad Majors (Bostwick), a clean-cut, newly engaged couple who gets lost in the woods with a flat tire on a cold November night. Seeking shelter at a nearby castle, they inadvertently interrupt the Annual Transylvanian Convention, a party populated by strange guests, including tap dancing groupie Columbia and two sinister servants, Riff Raff and Magenta.

As the partygoers dance to the Time Warp, Brad and Janet attempt their escape, only to be intercepted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Curry). After the party, Frank attempts to introduce his latest creation, Rocky (played by Peter Hinwood), but the celebration is halted when Eddie (Loaf), Columbia’s beau, comes out of deep freeze. Singing, dancing, and pandemonium ensue.

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Rocky Horror Picture Show screen capture

Do you have a favorite cult classic?

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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6 Responses to Fashion in Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  1. devajashewaywriting 10/31/2012 at 8:41 am #

    One of the best worst/worst best movies ever! The live show is such a fun thing to do.

  2. Sheyla 10/31/2012 at 11:17 am #

    <3 this movie. Never get tired of watching it.

  3. Nicolette 10/31/2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I’ve been Magenta, and both my father and brother have been Frank N Furter and I’m pleased to say my dad made the frank n furter costume from scratch!

  4. Jean Marmion 10/31/2012 at 3:00 pm #

    OMG!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the RHPS!!! Wow, talk about some good times!!! It was as much fun watching the folks that dressed up to come to the movie as it was to actually watch the movie itself! Such fun memories!!! Love that you brought it to mind today of all days!! Thanks!

  5. Kass 11/20/2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Im just as old as you were when you first discovered Rocky Horror!! I spend my weekend nights time-warping and reenacting the floor show….. Good times :)

  6. fred 11/24/2012 at 12:08 am #

    ive been goin to rocky for 32 yrs, still goin strong, i play all the parts, come see us at the hollywood blvd theater in woodridge il

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