From her “Bad Sandy” all-black look at the carnival to her poodle skirt and polo uniform, “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John established Sandy Olson as a ’50s style icon. As the world pays tribute to Newton-John after news of his death, it’s time to look back at his “Grease” costumes, created by costume designer Albert Wolskin (“Bird Man” and “Across the Universe”).
Wolski gradually transitions Sandy from a palette of pastels to a major Pink Lady attitude. In Newton-John’s memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, she mentions the most iconic fashion moment of them all: her all-black look with red accents for the final scene of the movie. The signature pant is a vintage item that was so sleek, he had to sew it before shooting every single day for a week. “They were so old, and only one pair, so there was no room for error. A rip and a disaster,” he wrote. “The first time I tried these pants on, the zipper broke and Albert didn’t want to tear them trying to put on a new one or remove the old one.”
At age 71, Newton-John put 500 cherished pieces up for sale at an auction to raise money for her cancer recovery and research center, and the black pants and leather jacket Sandy wore at the carnival reportedly sold to one bidder for $405,700.
In memory of her indelible mark on fashion, scroll down for more of Sandy’s best looks from the movie.