‘Grease’ fans remember Olivia Newton-John’s iconic outfit

For Grease fans, Olivia Newton-John and her iconic spandex hot pants are a match.

The actress, who died on Monday at the age of 73, was mourned by adoring fans around the world who admired her girl-next-door character Sandy Olsson in the hit 1978 film – but especially her infamous last outfit, when she swapped her poodle skirt for skin-tight black pants, a sultry off-the-shoulder top, and a leather jacket.

For fashion lovers, her costume — complete with huge curls, heavy makeup, and a cigarette dangling from her red lips — made a lasting impression even 44 years later.

“This outfit will always be there the outfit for me! It has shaped my fashion style since I was about 3 years old.” recalled one superfan.

“When I was young and saw Olivia Newton-John come out on screen at the end of ‘Grease’ in a black outfit, the world changed for me.” added another.

A person described it as “top notch in my youth”, while said another: “I am 100% sure that your leather outfit in ‘Grease’ contributed to my future love of strong, dominant women.”

The cast of "Fat" during the final scenes
Grease fans still love Sandy’s transformation scene over 40 years later.
Olivia Newton-John disguised as a cheerleader
The actress called the moment “something I really worried about.”
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“As a kid, I couldn’t think of a cooler moment than Olivia Newton-John walking out in this all-black outfit.” added another.

In fact, Newton-John felt cool herself filming the final scene, and told Vanity Fair in 2016 that her on-set transformation turned heads as she stepped out of her trailer.

“I was always the girl next door,” she told the magazine at the time. “And then I went to this trailer with these guys and they put me in this outfit and hair and I went out to show Randal [Kleiser, director of ‘Grease’], and the whole crew turned around. And the expressions on their faces! I remember thinking, “Oh my god – I did this all wrong.” “

It almost didn’t materialize, though, noted Newton-John.

“It was such a track and something I was really worried about,” she said. “But when it happened, it was just this incredible feeling. It was very liberating. Not just for Sandy, but for me too.”

"It was very liberating.  Not only for Sandy, but also for me." Newton-John said of her character Sandy's final scene.
“It was very liberating. Not just for Sandy, but for me,” Newton-John said of her character Sandy’s final scene.
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Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are seated at a table
Newton-John’s co-star John Travolta paid tribute to her on Monday, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Her impact was incredible. I love you so much. See you on the street and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John.”
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The “Physical” singer kept the leather jacket and some other costumes she wore in the film until 2019, when she put up the clothes for a charity auction to support breast cancer research.

“I feel like I’ve had my time with them. I’m glad it’s going to people who will enjoy it,” Newton-John told Page Six Style at the time.

Spanx founder Sara Blakely was the winner for the satin pant, grossing $162,500.

But before saying goodbye, the Australian actress tried on the iconic outfit one last time at the age of 70, just to see if the hot pants she was reportedly sewn into while filming on set would still fit.

“I thought I’d try again and wear them,” she revealed to Page Six Style. “I actually could.”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/grease-fans-remember-olivia-newton-johns-iconic-outfit/ ‘Grease’ fans remember Olivia Newton-John’s iconic outfit

Emma Bowman

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