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.
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.
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