Last autumn I went to the Rocky Horror 40th Anniversary Convention. I made a few outfits for it, but my favourite by far was my dress based on Frank’s dinner corset.
The dinner corset is probably my favourite costume from the film. Perhaps because I love the boots.
They are knee high, open toed.
I found a pair of original 70s knee-high, black leather boots and took them to Natacha Marro to make a peep toe.
As I wasn’t keen on walking around the convention in my underwear, I decided to make a dress. I found a secondhand black (I know the original isn’t black!) velvet dress with a sweetheart neckline with a mesh top.
I used Mina’s site as a guide and decided to hand embroider the overlay.
I added rhinestones like crazy.
I’m happy with how it turned out.
Here I am at con (photo by Phil Dejean).
Before the film sitting with Patricia Quinn.
During the film with Patricia (photo by Nick N Furter)
A few weeks after the con, I made a dinner corset top for a friend to wear to Rocky Horror at the Albert Hall. He bought a mesh top and a simple ‘boob tube’ to wear under the top. Instead of embroidering, I used silver fabric paint for the flowers.
I embellished it with rhinestones.
It turned out pretty well, I think
Edit: Here’s the dinner corset I made for the BFI Denton Convention performance.