“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has some pretty iconic looks. Luckily, they aren’t too difficult to recreate. With Fox’s remake airing on Thursday, Oct. 20, the characters will be fresh in people’s minds and recognizable to even those who aren’t diehard “Rocky Horror” fans. Whether you’re dressing up for a midnight showing or heading to a Halloween party, these costumes are pretty easy to put together.
Janet — For the prissy leading lady, you can either go for the fully dressed version or for the sexier version. Even the remake didn’t mess with Janet’s iconic white bra and slip skirt. However, those who prefer to be fully clothed can either look to the original Janet (Susan Sarandon) for a pink dress and white sweater or the remake’s Janet (Victoria Justice) for a blue jacket and matching skirt. Remember to keep the hair and makeup natural.
Brad — Much like Janet, you can either stick to white underwear or keep it preppy. In the 1975 version, Brad (Barry Bostwick) wore grey trousers, a blue button down shirt under a sweatervest with a Denton High School jacket. The remake’s Brad (Ryan McCartan) wears a suit with a blue bowtie. Both, however, have a black pair of glasses.
Riff Raff — A lot of guys already have the pieces they need for this Halloween costume: a black blazer, black pants and a white shirt. Riff Raff keeps his shirt unbuttoned a little too far, and the shirt doesn’t look particularly clean.
The real focus here is on hair and makeup, though. The face should be pale. A little dark shading around the eyes and under the cheekbones to make the face seem sunken in is great. A blonde wig is also helpful. While the original Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien) kept the top of his head bald with long locks on the side, the remake’s character (Reeve Carney) has a fully covered head with some dark pieces, which might be an easier wig to find.
Magenta — If you have a maid costume, this is a great way to reuse the frock. If you don’t, a little black dress, a white apron and some fishnet tights can do the trick. You definitely need some curly hair for this, and you can pin a white doily to the center of your head to act as her hair piece. Go heavy on the mascara and lipstick for this costume. While the original Magenta (Patricia Quinn) had auburn hair, the new Magenta (Christina Milian) lives up to her name with bright mane.
Rocky — Gold shorts. That’s it. In the 1975 film, Rocky (Peter Hinwood) wore some very tight shorts, but the remake allows Rocky (Staz Nair) to wear a slightly more modest pair.
Dr. Frank-N-Furter — The black lingerie look is iconic, but if you prefer to dress for the October weather, try out Frank-N-Furter’s mad scientest costume from the beginning of the movie. The original (Tim Curry) wore a blood splattered green dress, pink rubber gloves over sparkly arm warmers and a pearl necklace. The remake’s Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox) has a brighter costume with hot pink gloves and a black and white dress (the blood splatters remain though). She tops it off with a slightly edgier black choker as well.
Columbia — Fair warning: you probably don’t have these pieces laying around the house, so this costume will require some planning. This is also where the remake and original differ a lot. The Columbia of 1975 (Nell Campbell) sticks to sequins. She has striped, high-waist shorts, a sequined bustier, a gold sequined jacket and matching top hat. She tops off the look with a red sequined bowtie.
Modern day Columbia (Annaleigh Ashford) is more rock’n’roll. She wears a studded black bustier, black fingerless gloves and a dark sequined top hat. She adds a multicolored tutu while wearing fishnets and silver boots. Instead of bright red hair, she rocks a variety of colors. Use hair chalk to replicate the look during Halloween.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again” premieres on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.