Many films have made their iconic stance in entertainment history, some even drawing a cult classic following throughout the decades. One such film that has stood the test of time, and still continues to draw in more fans is that of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘, which was first released to audiences everywhere both in the theatre as well as on the big screen, in the 1970s. Just from watching the film, you will know that it has a … Quirky aspect to its costuming, and in reality, it was the beginning of an era for our society. Some would even go as far as to say that the costuming inspired a trend that was on the rise for the time period. Either way, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ was a true classic, and has stood the test of time all the years for good reason. In this article, we are going to delve a little deeper into how the costuming played into the story, and how it affected the era as they knew it. Let’s get started.
The first thing that you will notice is a shock factor that is trying to present itself. Now, for kids of this generation watching the film for the first time, the costuming that is present in the film may not seem as ‘shocking’, as many individuals dress skimpy and show skin when they’re walking out in broad daylight. But, when we look back to the ’70s, we see a time where showing that amount of skin, and in such a scandalous manner, was almost unheard of (unless you were hitting up local strip clubs or other gentlemen’s clubs of that nature). Many weren’t used to seeing so much of the human body that is so typically covered up, and it has clearly inspired that sort of attire to prosper as the years have gone on.
Another reason that it was so popular and shocking for the audience at the time of its debut was not only due to the amount of skin that was visible, but it was also the beginning of a new era (in terms of fashion and culture). We are talking about what was considered the Glitter Rock era, where tight fitting, revealing, and flashy clothing was all the rage. At the time that ‘Rocky Horror‘ was released in the ’70s, this style and cultural trend was just on the verge of taking charge, and the costumes that were used in the film almost allowed for the era to move full speed ahead in that society. We are talking heavy makeup, fishnets, platform heels, the works, all taking the world by storm thanks to Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Love it or hate it, there is no denying that ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ was a film that inspired generations of people to be themselves, and to embrace the weirdness and uniqueness that comes out. The costumes that were used in the film and theatrical shows helped to show off those nuances, and honestly, it helps make for a good show. You can see more information about ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, as well as the costumes that brought the show to its knees, all online and via other outlets as well.