VIDEO: Rockettes ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ Costume

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ur “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” costume has been worn by Rockettes since 1933. The iconic look, designed by Vincente Minnelli, is modeled after a porcelain doll. Each costume is so intricate that it takes 12 hours to make each one, which is crafted and sized for each individual Rockette.

The feathered hats are nearly three feet tall, while the trousers—which were and still are constructed much like a 4-sided box—have a thin lining of foam so they can stand independently (they used to be starched!). The trousers also go out for cleaning after every 3-6 performances to keep them looking crisp and clean. And those red cheeks? We go through over 15,000 per season.

A lot of work goes into these iconic costumes leading up to the show, but the end result is unforgettable.


Join us at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular—the show runs November 9 through January 1.