What I Wore: To see The Rocky Horror Show

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (or have met me, like, ever) you’ll know that one of my favourite films is The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I’ve had Rocky Horror themed parties, I’ve cosplayed as Columbia and I know every word of the script and all the ad-libs.  But until recently I’d never seen the stage show.

The Rocky Horror Show came to Melbourne about five years ago, just as I was preparing to move away from the city.  At the time I just couldn’t afford to go, so I missed out and I’ve always regretted it.  But last year, it was announced that the show would be returning.  As soon as the tickets came on sale, I pounced.  And so it was that I finally got to see the live performance of my favourite musical of all time.

It took me a little while to decide what to wear to the performance.  I wanted to dress up, but I also wanted to be on theme.  I chose to dress in homage to Eddie, with leather pants, a smattering of leopard print and rockabilly hair and makeup.

 

I am wearing:

  • Leopard-trimmed cardigan (vintage)
  • Black tee shirt from Uniqlo
  • Black leather look pants from TKMaxx
  • Leopard ring from Equip
  • Science Fiction brooch from Erstwilder
  • Black motorcycle boots from Big W
  • Silver chain earring from Sportsgirl
    The show was, in a word, phenomenal.  From the moment the lights went down and the Usherette began to sing, I was hooked.  My grin hurt my jaw and yet I didn’t stop until the final curtain call.  It was an incredible experience and I never wanted the show to end.

 

The show has finished it’s run in Melbourne now but I’m so grateful that I got a chance to see it.  I’ve been able to tick one Rocky Horror item off my bucket list, and now there’s just one left (I want to go to a theatre screening of the film where actors perform the show in front of the screen).  It was an incredible experience and I’d go again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

If you’re interested in experiencing the show for yourself, check out this live performance from 2015 featuring the London cast and several guests.  It’s the same script, costumes and set as the show I saw.  I’ve popped this on a few time to recreate the excitement of my live experience.

 

 

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Daily outfit 23/1/2013

Today’s outfit is all about mixing and matching.  I was in a funny mood when I put this outfit together, and I found myself combining elements of sweetness and sexiness, mixing modern and vintage to create an ensemble that’s fun to wear.

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I am wearing:

– Pearl necklace (gift from my Nana)

– Rocky Horror tee shirt from Supre

– Polka dot pencil skirt from Best and Less

– Black flatforms from K Mart

– Jack Skellington bracelet (gift from Violet).

– Sapphire ring (gift from my father).

– Multi-coloured stone ring (gift from Nisarg)

– Amethyst ring

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I really love this outfit.  I like mixing items that are generally thought to be prim and proper (polka dots, pearls) with edgier items.  The form-fitting shape of this skirt, my Rocky Horror Tee and the Tim Burton bracelet all lend a hint of naughtiness to this otherwise nice outfit.  I balanced out my super-modern flatforms with a vintage hairdo and added a red lip for good measure.

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A closer look at my make up.

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I’ve had requests from several of my readers asking for close-ups of my accessories, hair and make up.  I’m  taking a bit more time to shoot these things in detail, so that you can get a better sense of the little touches that finish off my outfit.  I’ve also been playing around with some different photography techniques to try to improve my pictures.  Let me know what you think.

Do you ever mix-and-match to create naughty-but-nice outfits?  What kind of things do you pair together to create this look?

Daily outfit 27/2/2012: Love is the drug

Today is a very special day for me.  This day marks eight years that Ross and I have been dating.  It’s also the very first time that we’ve celebrated an anniversary as a domestic couple.  I’m having a pretty jam-packed day, which includes lunch with my mother, a pedicure, and then an evening with my beloved.  What could be better than that?

I am wearing:

– Rocky Horror tee shirt from Supre

– Black sequinned vest from Valley Girl

– Black and white pucci print mini skirt from The Mill Markets

– Black sequinned heels from Rubi

– Leopard print ring from Diva

– Amethyst ring

-Diamente drop earrings from Equip

It’s going to be a great day.  Big smoochy kisses to you all!

Rocky Horror style

Ever since last Friday night, I’ve been in a real Rocky-Horror mindset. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop and dancing the Time Warp while I make my morning tea. I started thinking about some Rocky Horror outfits as well. I’ve put together a few ideas for anyone who wants to dress in the Rocky Horror vein. These outfits are based on each of the main characters, but they aren’t intended to be costumes. These are really more for those of you who want to inject a little decadence into your everyday ensembles. They might be a little racier than the stuff you normally wear, but that’s the fun of dressing with a Rocky Horror theme. It’s meant to look a bit wacky and over the top. Gather your courage and your garter belt and let’s get started.

 

Rocky

The film’s namesake is a tricky one to emulate in real life, given that he wears nothing but a pair of gold hotpants for the majority of the film. To translate this look into an everyday context, team a pair of fabulous shorts with a figure-hugging top. Add some fancy sneakers and gold blingin’ jewellery and you’re good to go. Rocky’s look is very flamboyant, and it certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. You want to look like a perfectly oiled sex machine. It’s a little bit Flash Gordon and a little bit disco.

Columbia

Columbia is my favourite character from the film (as you can probably tell). I love her quirky style and zany personality. There is also something a bit cute and peppy about her. To capture Columbia’s fun style, attire yourself in something sparkly and bright. Wear a pair of cute ankle socks with mary janes. Throw on some ripped tights and a tiny top-hat. Alternatively, you could wear a pair of sequinned Micky Mouse ears. Make sure that your eye makeup is dramatic, with a sexy cats’ eye flick.

Janet

Janet’s look is probably the easiest to translate into a more wearable form. She favours sweet, classic clothes, with a prim twist. Channel Janet by slipping into a smart twin-set suit in a pastel colour. Add a hat and nude stockings for a touch of Stepford style. Keep your makeup tidy and natural and your jewellery minimal. Don’t for get to wear a slip and matching bra under your ensemble.

 

 

Brad

Brad’s look is a more masculine conservative look. Pair a tee shirt and tweed pants with oxford brogues and suspenders. Add a tartan bow-tie and thick glasses. Slick your hair down tight and plaster a disapproving look onto your face for extra points.

 


 

 

 

Frank N Furter

Frank’s look is the most fabulously camp and sexy of all. No matter what you wear on top, make sure that you always have some fantastic black lingerie on underneath. Wear a tight skirt with a tailored blouse, and throw a leather jacket on top. When choosing your blouse, select one that has tough hardware fastenings or corset lacings, rather than just plain buttons. Add a pair of skyscraper heels and beautiful silk stockings. Paint your lips red and fasten a string of pearls around your neck.. This look is very, very overtly sexy but it’s great fun. Ultimately, all Frank wants is to have a good time so don’t take yourself too seriously if you decide to imitate his style.

Riff Raff

When emulating Riff, you need to look rather dishevelled and weird. Choose garments that are ripped and torn, but look as though they might once have been rather nice clothes. Leave your hair uncombed and wear a pair of fingerless gloves. Keep your eye makeup dark and smudgy.

 

 

Eddie

Eddie is tough and rebellious. Wear a pair of well-fitting jeans with a black tee shirt. Throw on a leather jacket with customized embellishments. Your shoes should be flat and comfortable, so motorcycle boots or sneakers fit the bill. Any jewellery you choose should be chunky and silver, with perhaps a couple of leopard print accents.

 

 

 

 

Magenta

Choose a dress made of black lace, with a full skirt and a plunging neckline. Add ripped tights and a pair of black ankle boots. Wear dark eyeliner and vampish lipstick. This look works well for curly-haired lasses. Give your hair a fluff and then let it do whatever it wants. Paint your nails a rich, dark red.

 

 

Who is your favourite Rocky Horror character? Would you dress like them?

Rocky Horror night at Red Bennies

About a week ago, I got an email from a friend of mine who had some tickets to Red Bennies Rocky Horror Night, and she wanted to know if I was interested.  I think my exact answer was something like, “Mnuuuagh!”.  Eventually though, I managed to pull myself together enough to give a coherent reply of, “Yes please”.

 

So last night me and a couple of friends donned our Rocky costumes and trekked down to Chapel Street to Red Bennies.  I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to wear my Columbia costume again:

 

Here’s a scary picture of me with no eyebrows.  I tried a different method of covering my brows this time, and I was very pleased with the end result.  I did look rather freakish for a while before I applied the rest of my makeup.

 

And, here’s what I looked like with the rest of my face on.

 

Red Bennies is a burlesque club on Chapel Street.  They have a huge range of performers and a fun, speak-easy style atmosphere.  We arrived very early so that we could stake out some good seats.  There are booths all around the stage area, but we chose a table directly in front of the stage.  The place is lit with dim red lights and tealight candles on each table.  The bar staff wear waistcoats and pour elaborate cocktails into tall glasses.  Slowly, other patrons began to arrive.  Being that it was Rocky Horror night, there was a wide variety of people pouring through the door.  Many people were in full Rocky regalia, while others were outfitted in gorgeous vintage ensembles.

 

The show was presented in three segments. Dolly Diamond was the host for the evening, and she was utterly fabulous, spouting camp jokes and witty banter in between each performance.  Each segment featured three performances.  The performances were all extremely different from one another, but they were all massively entertaining.  We saw everything from stripteases to cabaret, from contortion to fan-dances.  There were both male and female performers and all were tremendously talented.

 

In between each segment of the performance, there was an intermission so that patrons could buy more drinks or dance to the loud music pumping out of the speakers.  The whole atmosphere of Red Bennies was very tongue-in-cheek and welcoming.  Everyone was getting along well and there was a lot of fun to be had.  I’m not normally one for dancing, but I had a ball on the dance floor last night.

 

At the end of the performances, there was a costume competition for all the people that had dressed up as their favorite Rocky character.  I entered, but sadly I didn’t win.  I wasn’t surprised though, because there were some amazing costumes in the crowd, and some people had really gone to great lengths to ensure that their costumes were as authentic as possible.  There was one guy dressed as Frank N Furter who had even drawn on a replica of Frank’s ‘Boss” tattoo.

 

I had a fantastic time at Red Bennies, and I am eager to return for another of their shows.  Red Bennies is located at 373 Chapel Street, and offers a wide range of burlesque and cabaret style performances.  I highly recommend you check it out.

 

Without any further ado, here are some pictures from last night.

 

This is me and Sam, my housemate.

 

The guy I’m dancing with in this picture was dressed as Brad from the floorshow scene.  He was so funny and he’d put a lot of effort into his costume.  We were hanging out all night with him and his friend, who had made her own brilliant Magenta costume:

 

 

 

I got my photo taken with this guy who was dressed as Frank N Furter.  I thought that he should have won the costume contest, because not only did he look great, but he really stayed in character for the whole night.  In between each set of performances, he was dancing up on the stage and he was so eager to have photos taken with everyone.  He even danced the Time Warp with me at the end of the night.

Unfortunately though, this is a dreadful photo of both of us.  We’d posed for a great picture, but there was a delay with my camera, so the picture was taken a split-second after we’d stopped posing.  That’s why I look so awful, but I still wanted to put this picture up to pay homage to this brilliant individual:

 

 

A great big THANKYOU to Liz for giving us those tickets.  I really appreciate it and we had a fantastic night. I will certainly be heading back to Red Bennies in the near future.

A very Rocky Horror evening

On Saturday night, I hosted a Rocky Horror Picture Show party at my house, to celebrate the end of exams. I have been a huge fan of the RHPS since I first saw the film at the age of fifteen.  It’s a brilliant movie, and I’ve adopted the tagline “Don’t dream it, be it” as my own personal motto.  I couldn’t even tell you the number of times that I have watched this film, and I wanted a chance to share it with my friends, as well as amping up the movie-watching experience to the next level.

 

Rocky Horror has a huge fan following throughout the world.  It has achieved cult movie status many times over.  In some parts of the world, especially in America and England, there are Rocky Horror cinemas that show the RHPS every Saturday night at midnight.  At these special screenings, die-hard fans come dressed as their favorite characters and armed with an arsenal of props for audience participation.  My aim was to recreate this atmosphere in my own living room.

 

I asked my friends to come dressed in costume.  This was a bit tricky, as a couple of the people that I invited had never seen the film before, and several had come straight from work, so in the end, Ross and I were actually the only ones in costume.

 

 

 

I came dressed as Columbia, who is played by Little Nell in the film.  Columbia has always been my favorite character.  I love her voice, her spunk and her tap-dancing abilities.  Her penchant for sparkles also attracts my favour.

 

 

 

 

My makeup took about an hour and a half to apply.  I am planning to put together a shorter version in a video tutorial for you guys later down the track.

 

 

Ross came dressed as Eddie, who is played by Meatloaf in the film.  Eddie is Columbia’s love interest, who has unwillingly donated half of his brain to Rocky- Dr Frank N. Furter’s creation.

 

We make a lovely couple, if only Ross would smile.  He was tired out from the long drive to Melbourne, so I forgive him for looking so cranky in these photos.

We provided guests with a little showbag filled with all the props that they would need to take part in the audience participation.

 

 

Each kit contained:

– Confetti: to be thrown at Betty and Ralph’s wedding at the beginning of the film and again at Frank and Rocky’s wedding

– Newspaper: to be held over your head when Janet runs from the car through the rain

– Water pistols: to simulate rain during “There’s a Light”

– Candle: to be lit during “There’s a Light”

– Rubber gloves: to be snapped when Frank snaps his gloves

– Party whistle: To be blown during the laboratory scene

– Party hat: to be put on at the same time that Frank puts on his party hat

– Toast: to be thrown in the air when Frank proposes a toast at the dinner table

– Playing cards: to be thrown into the air when Frank sings “cards for sorrow, cards for pain” duing “I’m Going Home”

 

My DVD has an audience participation prompter, which flashes a subtitle onto the screen to tell you when to use each item.  This was really useful for the people who hadn’t seen Rocky Horror before.

 

We also indulged in a little verbal participation.  There is a long history of verbal participation within the Rocky Horror fanclubs around the world.  It basically involves the audience calling out verbal responses at various points in the film.  Different fan clubs use different participation scripts, but there are some responses that are universal.  For instance:

– Whenever you hear the name ‘Brad Majors” you should call out “asshole!”

– Whenever you hear the name “Janet Weiss”  you should call out “slut!”

– Whenever you see Columbia’s nipples, you should call out “Peekaboo!”

– When Brad asks Frank N Furter “What have you done with Janet?”  you should respond with “More than you have!”

– Whenever you hear the name “Rocky” you should give a loud, apelike grunt

– When the buzzer on the deep freeze goes off, you should call out “ex-boyfriend alert!”

 

We also encouraged everyone to make up their own responses, with hilarious results.  We also sang along to the songs and danced the Time Warp.

 

It was a truly awesome night, and I would like to thank everyone who attended for making it so fantastic.  It was such a success that I’m thinking of making it a bi-annual event.

 

If you want more information about Rocky Horror participation, you should visit the Rocky Horror Picture Show official fan site.    Badmovies also has a link to detailed audience participation scripts.  If you want, you can always ask me.  I’m happy to answer any questions about Rocky Horror.