The Rocky Horror Show Costumes: Corsets & Dressing Up

The Rocky Horror Show Costumes: Corsets & Dressing Up

Anyone that has attended the Rocky Horror Show before will know that dressing up is a big part of the event. While of course not mandatory, wearing a Rocky Horror show costume is something lots of people love to do. Whether you’re attending for the first time, or you’ve always wanted to dress up, we have lots of ideas to get in the spirit of the Rocky Horror show…

Dr. Frank-N-Furter

As the main character of the 1975 cult classic, Dr Frank-N-Furter is a self-proclaimed ‘sweet transvestite from transexual translyvania’. As one of the most popular characters to dress up as, Dr. Frank-N-Furter has two looks - his blood stained lab coat, and his alter ego in corsets, stockings and heels.

Generally, the more highly sought after look is the Rocky Horror Show corset style, and frankly that’s a look you can be more playful with, rather than the green lab coat. This style is known as the ‘Transylvanian Dr Frank-N-Furter’ look.

Creating the Dr. Frank-N-Furter Style: The Rocky Horror Show Corset

The starting point for this look should always be a show stopping corset. The typical Frank-N-Furter look is a black corset. We love…

The Instant Shape Classic Overbust Corset in Black

The Black Brocade Sweetheart Corset with Ruffle Trim

Now that you have the base of your look - the Rocky Horror Show corset, you can build your costume from there. Try adding a lacey pair of shorts in black, a garter belt and fishnet stockings, heels and pearls to finish. For your makeup, go for a bold blue eyeshadow and clashing red lip to take your Dr. Frank-N-Furter look to the next level.


The character of Columbia is another great option when it comes to creating a Rocky a Horror Show costume. Columbia is a groupie who is in love with Frank. She wears a number of costumes throughout the production, with the most iconic being her glitter and sequins outfit, and also her corset and stockings ensemble. Dressing as Columbia is a great choice if you still want to go all out with your Rocky Horror Show costume, but want to create a more feminine look than Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Creating the Dr. Columbia Style: The Rocky Horror Show Corset

For Columbia you have two choices - the glitter and sequin look, which you would wear a sequin top, shorts, tap shoes and blue shorts. Or the corset look, much like Dr. Frank- N-Furter but more paired back, with a corset, shorts and stockings. You could try combining both looks, with a colourful corset and high waist shorts, stockings and tap shoes. We love…

The Midnight Blue and Beige Overbust with Lace Trim and Straps Corset

The Purple Satin Couture Corset

Go for a colourful corset as the base of your look. Team with a pair of high waist shorts - if you can get your hands on a sequin pair all the better. Finish with stockings and a pair of tap shoes or round heeled boots with a small chunky heel.

For your makeup, go for a dramatic angular look with blush high on the cheeks, cat eye eyeliner in black and a red lip.

The Rocky Horror Show Costume: An Alternative

If you want to give a nod to the Rocky Horror Show, without having to actually dress up as a character, we have some ideas to nail the Rocky Horror style. To embrace the spirit of Rocky Horror, all you need is a corset, a pair of skinny jeans and a bold makeup look.

Try these corsets for your Rocky Horror Show costume…

The Instant Shape White Satin Overbust Corset in Longline

Cotton Astronomy Print Sleeved Corset Top

The Classic Victoriana Corset with Beige Cotton Lace Trim and Ribbon Lacing

Pair any of these with high waist skinny or slim fit jeans and a sequin clutch to add a touch of sparkle. For your makeup, try a black cat eye look with false lashes and a nude lip, or go for red to add extra drama.

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