Freddie For A Day
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
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 Â£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?
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- The Mercury Phoenix Trust
Normally, Freddie For A Day will take place on Freddie's birthday (September 5), however when the birthday falls on a weekend it will always be on the Friday before.
- Freddie For A Day | Facebook
Freddie For A Day is an annual initiative celebrated on September 5, Freddie Mercury's birthday, to raise funds to support the work of the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
- Freddie For A Day
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
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
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
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
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?