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Dressed to Kill/Alive tours 1975-76

  KISS jumped into a new set of costumes, when they set out on the "Dressed to Kill" tour, in spring 1975. They had appeared on the cover of the album in suits, but of course they would not use that look on stage.

Paul75a.jpg (38515 Byte)  As most people know, Paul's Dressed to Kill outfit was a black leotard, covered with stars. But as it can be seen on picture A, the stars weren't there to begin with. They were added a little later on (in fact, if you look on the cover of "Alive!" it's the costume without the stars he is wearing there). Picture B shows the costume (with stars) from behind.
  There were also variations in the boots. The silver and black ones seen on picture D, were used from time to time. The boots shown in close-up on Picture C were the standard boots, though! Just as with the costume, the stars weren't there to begin with, but were added later on!

paul75b.jpg (47578 Byte)  But there were in fact several versions of the star-covered outfit, as you can see on pictures E1-3. If you compare these three costumes, you will notice that the stars are placed differently on all three versions.
  On picture F you can see the feathered cuffs that were part of the costume. You will also see a feathered collar, that Paul would also wear from time to time, mostly for photo shoots and in the "C'mon and Love Me" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" video clips.

  The costume Paul is wearing in Picture G is somewhat of an enigma. As you can see, Ace is wearing his 1975 outfit (as were Gene on the original photo), while Paul is wearing something resembling his 1974 costume. As far as I can see it is a pair of black tights, with a studded belt around the waist. So far it looks a lot like the 1974 outfit, and it might possibly be the third version of that (the one seen on picture I in the 1973-74 section), but I'm not entirely sure of that. But aside from that, Paul is wearing his 1975 star boots with it. I'm pretty sure this must be from an one-of occasion. 

paul75c.jpg (45208 Byte)Pictures H - J shows various pieces of neckwear from the period. The choker in picture H is the one Paul also were using in 1974. That's also the one you can see him wear in picture I, but here he also has a necklace with a black stone pendant! This necklace turns up in a lot of photos from 1975-77!!
The last choker (picture J) was used in early 1976, and was a leather choker, with three rows of pyramid shaped studs! 
Picture K shows a jacket, that, as far as I know, was only used on one occasion: the KISS visit in Cadillac, Michigan in October 1975. It's a black leather or satin jacket with some shooting stars on it!!
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