Updated: January 22, 2006
ORIGINAL STUNT DOUBLE SPACESUIT (3RD SEASON)
This interesting item is a vintage SILVER ONE-PIECE SPACESUIT
WITH RED TRIM that came from Western Costume with a number of
other spacesuits and Lost in Space material. It is fanciful
and furturistic, hand made and high quality with a WESTERN
COSTUME LABEL. We have strong reason to believe this is an
Irwin Allen LOST IN SPACE - TV - third season suit - worn by
either Will or Penny, their doubles or stunt people. There are
differences in this suit from what you see in the series -
such as collar - but the resemblence is more than striking. It
does not appear, however, that this suit had a higher collar
that was removed or altered. Height of suit from cuff to neck
is appx. 46 inches. Waist appears to be about 26 inches and
inseam is 21 inches. Quality zippers are at both ankles and
wrists - as shown in CU. Long zipper at back has fold over
red-lined cover flap to make suit appear seamless.
It is also possible that this suit could have been a prototype
or that this piece was used in other Irwin Allen shows as well
(such as Time Tunnel -- that featured aliens on Earth). There is
some light damage on the legs from use - but we do not think
you will be disappointed in this beauty! We can see how this
suit could have been used in LIS, then modified by Western
Costume for later use on other productions - as was always the
case. Excellent Condition.
(*) This is the first I have ever seen on a stunt-double costume
from the Lost in Space TV series. Very rare item, and was being
auction off through the Museum of Mom and Pop Culture, on 9/21/5.
(*) Update: Received sevearl e-mails from prop collector Phil ?
He stated to me that this costume was made in the early 1970's by
Western Costumes. This was a rental costume available for the
general public, and was not screen used. The space suit collar is
a sample of the slight modifications that were made to the costume.
Not to mention the wear and use of the costume, effecting it's
present condition. This was a common business for Western Costumes
in the 1970's and early 80's. They later stopped renting costumes,
seeing that many of the costumes were never returned, or original
costumes being returned and replaced with replica costumes.
Value: $5,000-Up. (Stunt Costume) $1,000-Up (Rental Costume)
(*) Update January 18, 2005 from Jay Gowey:
The Lost in Space costumes were not discovered until the mid 90's so Phil's
duplicate theory is 20 years off. I dealt with Western Costumes and they didn't
make costumes for free and certainly would lose money again making a child size
suit for rent. This suit was modified because it was worn at the collar, stained
with make up or simply altered for another feature such as Herbie goes Bananas
in which 2 Lost in Space spacesuits are used. I own this and many rare vintage
props and can say it is not a fabrication and was used on Lost in Space.