The choice of what to wear to a viewing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show depends on personal taste, style, and comfort level. While many returning audience members enjoy making "Rocky Horror"-themed character costumes, many others, including first-time attendees, simply dress casually.
When attending a theatrical viewing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for the first time, most people hold off on committing to a costume or outrageous outfit. Some first-time viewers, known to the die-hard fans as virgins, may not have any knowledge of the film at all, and it is considered understandable if they aren't familiar with its traditions. However, it is important for first-time viewers to know that the "Rocky Horror" viewings feature props including water pistols, food products and even candles, so their clothes could get wet or damaged.
A large number of attendees prefer to make costumes based on the film's characters for repeat "Rocky Horror" viewings. Popular costumes include Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad, Janet, Magenta, Columbia, Rocky and Riff Raff. The choice of character is not limited by the gender or appearance of the attendee. Some costumes may specify a certain scene or set of scenes in the film. For instance, a Frank-N-Furter costume can feature his signature black lingerie or his lab coat with a pearl necklace.
"Rocky Horror" fan clubs advise against dressing too formally for the show. Live viewings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" began in 1977, and as of 2015, they continue to be popular around the world.