Wednesday, March 20, 2013

You need a bit of, ooh, shock treatment!

My costume for the second day of Oz Comic Con was slightly more obscure than the first: I went as Nation McKinley from Shock Treatment (the 'sequel' to Rocky Horror Picture Show). This costume had been on my list since I first made one and when I heard that Patricia Quinn (who played Magenta in RHPS and Nation in ST) was going to be a guest I knew this was going to be one of my costumes for the weekend.

Nation McKinley

For so long, as we were working on the costume, I was incredibly disappointed with how it was going. And then I did my hair and make-up and put the dress on and I loved it. I'm really happy with how this costume turned out. And I was approached by a few people who were impressed to see a Shock Treatment costume so that made me happy, too.

This was the pattern we used to make my final dress. I couldn't find anything that had the right front in the time frame I was working in so I basically just drew the front up myself from looking at photos of the dress in the movie. I'm not much of a seamstress so the sewing was mainly left up to my mum but I helped figure out how it was going to go together.

Nation is pictured on the left. It's not the best photo of her costume but one of the best quality I could find online to show anyone who hasn't seen the film.

Patricia Quinn at Adelaide Oz Comic Con 17th of March 2013
Patricia is still looking fabulous. Hope I am as stylish as she is when I'm her age!

Patricia Quinn
And I love that her brooch was a pair of red lips - fitting, no? (It was her mouth used in the opening credits for Rocky Horror).


During the panel I'd been sitting in the second row and as soon as Patricia looked over she said 'It's Nation McKinley!' and how she'd forgot about the earrings. Then when I went into the photobooth (shaking a little - I've been a Rocky Horror fan since I was 4!) she said 'Hello, Nation!' And was really impressed with my costume. She said 'you've even got the hair!' and she was 'proud of me'. I just said 'thank you so much' because I couldn't think of anything else (and there were other people waiting for photos) and, I'm not going to lie, had to suppress tears as I left the booth. Such an amazing moment. Not just to meet her but that she loved my costume and appreciated the effort I (well, my mum and I) put into getting it together.

Sorry to get a bit emotional there! Ha. I'm usually not fussed about meeting celebrities (half because I fear I'll make an idiot of myself, half because it's usually so fleeting) but when you've loved a movie practically you're entire life, meeting one of the actors is a pretty big deal, I think.

Andi B. Goode


  1. oh my gosh! I LOVE SHOCK TREATMENT! And you met Patricia Quinn AHHHHH!! Your outfit is PERFECT <3 <3 <3

  2. So few people have ever head of Shock Treatment! That's so exciting you got to meet her! I had no idea her lips were used in the beginning

  3. Oh. My. God. I love that costume and I love that you got to meet Patricia Q and that she noticed you. How cool! It's offical: you are the coolest!!

  4. That is so so so awesome! The costume and your overall look came out so amazing! I can definitely see why she'd be impressed. I'm so happy that you got to have such a great experience meeting her! That photo of you two together is so perfect.

  5. Oh WOW!! Your costume is *amazing* Andi, and I can't believe you got to meet Patricia Quinn!!!! You're one lucky duck! ;) LOVE that photo of you two so much!

  6. You're so amazing! <3 <3 <3

    That's all.

  7. That's such a great costume, I'm so glad you got to meet her. I've never seen Shock Treatment but I loved Rocky Horror, so I might have to find myself a copy.

  8. You did such a great job on this outfit and it looks exactly as the costume is that Nation is wearing. That is a cute story!!! Glad you had a good time meeting her too!

  9. What a brilliant costume, you and your mum did a great job!

  10. this is so cool! great job on the costume, andi. you look dead on!

  11. Your costume is absolutely amazing Andi! And it's even more amazing you got to meet and talk to Patricia. :)

  12. Your costume is perfect!

    I'm amazed that you met Patricia Quinn - brilliant : )

  13. Your costume is absolutely perfect!!! And the photo of you two is fabulous!


  14. So good! You really did do a wonderful job, so glad you got to meet her.


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