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Freddie For A Day

Updated on September 4, 2014

Be the lead singer of QUEEN for a day

Freddie Mercury, lead singer and principle songwriter for the band Queen, was a one-of-a-kind human being. His voice wasn't like any other and neither was his stage presence. A natural-born showman, this man knew just what to do in front of a crowd of hundreds or tens of thousands.

After his death, his bandmates set up a trust to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS. In 1992, the web editor for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Liz Swanton decided she was going to raise funds by dressing up as Freddie for a day and going to work like that. The response was overwhelming and one of the most unique September holidays was born. FFAD is celebrated either on September 5th, or if that day falls on a weekend, on the Friday before it. The idea is to be out in public, at your job, dressed up as Freddie Mercury.

Think of it this way, it's not "what would Freddie do?" It's "what would Freddie wear?"

I dress to kill, but tastefully.

— Freddie Mercury

The Harlequin Jumpsuit - not for the non-body-conscious

Freddie's harlequin jumpsuit
Freddie's harlequin jumpsuit

If you never miss at the gym and really want to have a bold Freddy Day, then why not give this 1970s look a try? This Harlequin Jumpsuit was an outfit that Mercury sported around 1977. The original outfit went to auction in London on July 3, 2012 and was sold for £22,500! Paired up with a shag wig and you'll be rocking the world in no time...

Need just the most basic costume of Freddie?

Pleated, Bat-Wing Shirt

Pleated, Bat-Wing Shirt
Pleated, Bat-Wing Shirt

Make Your Own Pleated, Bat-Wing Shirt!

This fabulous shirt was made for Freddie by desiger Zandra Rhodes. However, if you are as crafty and skilled and determined as Jimmy at Intergalatic Transport, you can try making your very own pleated, bat-wing shirt for FFAD.

Or do a Flash Gordon shirt

Flash Gordon Logo Red Ringer White T-Shirt Tee L
Flash Gordon Logo Red Ringer White T-Shirt Tee L

After Queen did the soundtrack to the 1980 cult comedy FLASH GORDON, Freddie often wore Flash's iconic and eponymous t-shirt.

 

I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show.

— Freddie Mercury

Yellow Military Jacket and Red-Striped Pants - comfortable to wear, highly-visible before tens of thousands

For Queen's legendary concert at Wembley Stadium, Freddie paired up a yellow military jacket, white tank top and a pair of white pants with two red stripes down the outside of each leg. Finished off with a pair of Adidas sneakers and a white belt, undoutedly this was something that was comfortable to wear under the stage lights and made for good visibility to the approximately 80,000 strong crowd watching.

This outfit is so iconic, you can actually buy ready-made replicas or costume versions.

The Wembley Outfit

Freddy Mercury Deluxe Suit Costume, Yellow, Standard
Freddy Mercury Deluxe Suit Costume, Yellow, Standard

This outfit, chosen to make Mercury visible to the massive audience at what is now the O2 Arena, is surely one of his most famous.

 

I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.

— Freddie Mercury

Castro Clone

Freddie's Castro Clone look
Freddie's Castro Clone look

One of Freddie's more simple looks was often called the Castro Clone as it echoed popular SF gay men's street fashion. Washed-out pale blue jeans, a white racer back tank top, a studded arm band and a matching belt are all you need for this one. And don't forget the mustache!

This was how Freddie Mercury appeared on-stage at LiveAid in the summer of 1985, and it's how I'll always mentally picture him because I just happened to be 17 years old and in London when LiveAid took place. I had just graduated high school and my best friend and I were given the trip as our graduation gift. We stayed with my friend's cousin who had an apartment in Holland Park, a nice neighborhood of London, and we spent about 20 hours glued in front of his telly watching first the British concert and then staying up late into the night as the American version went on. That performance was one of Queen's best, and since I never had the chance to actually go to one of their concerts myself, this was pretty fantastic.

Watch Freddie In Action

Whether you need a costume reference or want to work on your moves or work on your singing (or probably lip-syncing for most of us), it's always great to see videos of Freddie. That man sure knew how to put on a show...

Get that soundtrack up and running! - of course, you'll need lots of QUEEN to listen to

The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III
The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III

Whether you are getting inspired for FFAD, getting dressed or spreading the spirit of Freddie while in your fabulous outfit, you'll need lots of the music of QUEEN to complete your look.

 

"I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me."

~ Freddie Mercury

Did you dress up for Freddie Day? What did you wear? How did people react to you during the day? Did you have a Queen party with friends? Or just spend the day by yourself being fabulous?

Shout Out For Freddie! - comments and contributions

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      Zebedee32 4 years ago

      "I'm a man with a one track mind, to much to do in one lifetime"

      Got to love Freddie!

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      Never heard of this holiday, but it's a great idea!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I do not try to dress up like him, I just put on one of his great records (Cd's) or whatever. Unlike you I actually got to see him twice including the live Wembley show I was about a third of the way down the terracing halfway along the ground on the left side of the stage when facing it. No-one can compare to the real thing!

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      Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @Country-Sunshine: I had never heard of it before either, but as a fellow September birthday and a costumer, I just couldn't resist.

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      seegreen 4 years ago

      Oooh, how fun! I love Freddy Mercury. He had the most amazing voice and what a stage presence! I saw Queen in Melbourne, Australia in the 80's. Queen were the first band I ever saw live and they were brilliant! I've never seen a show as good since.

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      Jeditwins 3 years ago

      I have made this my mission to dress up like Freddie and prance around like the God of Everything Awesome did. I will dress up and act as if nothing is going on. I will be fabulous and if anyone questions me I will just stand with my legs apart and raise my right hand to the gods above with my head facing down in a sense of accomplishment.

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @Jeditwins: Awesome! Just make sure your mustache is securely glued on....

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      7seasofrhye 3 years ago

      @Jeditwins: Haha, good idea

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @7seasofrhye: Give it a try! What's your fave Freddie look?

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Freddie Mercury is by far my favorite singer. His talent was immense and even though his life was cut short, his legacy is incredible. I have made sure that my kids know his songs well. :) Came to check how the lenses transferred. Don't have mine yet.

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