By Mariah Wellman
Updated: Oct 14, 2015 @ 1:05 pm
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The campy Halloween flick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, turned 40 this year. The cult classic has played continuously since its release in 1975, making it the longest-running movie in history—and one of the longest-running sources of costume inspiration. Honor the movie's four decades this Fright night by dressing up as one of the five main characters: Columbia, Riff Raff, Magenta, Janet Weiss, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The good news: Some of what you need is probably already in your closet.


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Signature Look: Gold sequin top hat, red sequin bow tie, sequined short shorts, and a strapless top.
Make It Modern: Wear all-black (try a romper) and add a top hat and bow tie. Extra credit: Make 'em all covered in sequins.

Riff Raff

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Signature Look: Tuxedo, heeled boots, and a long blonde wig.
Make It Modern: Borrow from the boys and grab a tuxedo. Add a pair of heeled boots and top it off by flaunting a blonde wig. 

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Signature Look: Maid outfit and pale-faced makeup.
Make It Modern: Start with a basic LBD, tie on a white apron, and slip into fishnet tights. The pale makeup is key, so try using a foundation one shade lighter than your own.

Janet Weiss

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Signature Look: Pink dress, white cardigan, soft curls, and a strand of pearls.
Make It Modern: Get Janet’s conservative look by picking a dress from your closet that has a collar. Top it off with a strand of pearls and a cardigan.

Dr. Frank-N-Furter

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Signature Look: Dark corset, black curly-haired wig, pearls, fishnets, and sparkle gloves.
Make It Modern: A black bodysuit can serve as your base here, worn over fishnets. Then add the doctor's favorite finishing touches: A curly-haired black wig, sparkle gloves, and a corset.