I made this "DYNASTY" tour costume to wear at Kiss' first Melbourne (Australia) concert way back in 1980. It was made out of sponge rubber. Similar to the inside of car seats. The surface was given the rough, choppy look by using scissors. The whole suit skin was then spray painted a silver color. The cape was red 'tafata' material. The shoes had to be elevated to get them to a 6 inch height.
It took me a couple of months to finish. We didn't have the internet back then and living in Australia made it difficult to get a hold of descent photos of the actual costume to copy it. Anyway, it turned heads at the concert. A few concert goers asked to have their pics taken with me and the local ch 2 news crew took some footage too. The photos here were taken in the main street of Leongatha, Victoria by the local paper. It ended up on the front page.
In 2008 I went back to the paper to see if they had the negatives as I wanted a new copy of the photo. I was astounded to learn that there were 3 different photos taken back then and that all negatives still existed. They let me take them to the photographers next door and I got the three 8"x 10" B/W photos printed at a cost of $45.00.
I'm now 50 and still a big KISS fan. Here's something spooky: Gene And Shannon were married this year on Oct 1st after 28 years together. On Oct 1st this year, My wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. She always says that Gene and I were separated at birth.
Costume was designed around my 8 year old daughter's long tongue. I knew she would be a great Gene Simmons. Making the costume took some time and thought. I used thin cardboard cut out in a scalloped design over and over and glued and stapled them all together and painted silver to make the scales on the shins. I used staples and Velcro straps to hold them around her leg. The cape was a dracula cape that was trimmed and painted black to make the bat wings and I pinned it to the wrists.
The hair was sprayed with black hair coloring and pulled up with the fountain on top. The belt was a womans fashion belt I found at a thrift store. The arm bands and chest cover were a ninja costume that I modified and painted silver. The spikes were rubber spike collars I bought and cut and velcro'd together and put on the wrists and on the shoulders. The boots were sneakers that I wrapped in duct tape and drew the snake face on with a permanent marker. Put on a black pair of pants and shirt under the costume. The face was all me. I used black and white stage make up. I used a black eyeliner pencil to outline the shapes and around the eyes and mouth. after applying the white I dabbed with baby powder to set it. Paint the finger nails black and you are done!
She was a hit in this Homemade Gene Simmons Child Costume at school and out and about for Halloween.