Project Mercury astronauts wearing pressure suits (top L-R) Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom & Leroy Cooper; (bottom L-R) Walter Schirra, Donald Slayton, John Glenn, & Malcolm Carpenter.
Don a faux pressure suit and pay tribute to the Project Mercury astronauts (clockwise from top left): Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom, Leroy Cooper, Malcolm Carpenter, John Glenn, Donald Slayton and Walter Schirra, 1959.Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Project Mercury astronauts wearing pressure suits (top L-R) Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom & Leroy Cooper; (bottom L-R) Walter Schirra, Donald Slayton, John Glenn, & Malcolm Carpenter.
Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army.
Actress Marilyn Monroe posing wearing her famous gold lame gown for the motion picture "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) of Wellesley College talking about student protests which she supported in her commencement speech.
The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Carolyn Jones and John Astin, with other cast members, from The Addams Family.
Jayne Mansfield posing hot water bottle likenesses floating around her in her pool.
Queen Elizabeth II in front of the microphones while awaiting to reply to to the welcoming speech at University College of West Indies.
Members of pop group Jackson Five (clockwise L-R): Jackie, parents Joe and Katherine, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Michael in their backyard.
Comedy group The Three Stooges (clockwise from L): Curly Joe DeRita, Moe Howard, Larry Fine.
Jane Fonda as Barbarella.
British PM Winston Churchill sporting top hat with coat and scarf.
Jim Morrison of The Doors wearing leather and singing alone on stage in front of a purple psychedelic backdrop.
Sophia Loren costumed in sheer gown in brothel scene from the movie "Marriage Italian Style."
Kier Dullea and Gary Lockwood from motion picture "2001: A Space Odyssey."
John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie waving to a crowd during campaign appearance.
Pablo Picasso wearing a minotaur head mask on the beach at Golfe Juan near Vallauris.
Scientist Albert Einstein in his study at home.
Raquel Welch in roller derby uniform during filming of motion picture "The Kansas City Bomber."
Baseball great Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn Dodgers uniform.
Country music star Johnny Cash walking along the line of a railway track.
Vivien Leigh, as Scarlet O'Hara, wearing antebellum gown as she waits anxiously at mansion staircase in scene fom. movie "Gone with the Wind.".
Dorothy Dandridge posing in costume for the motion picture "Tarzan's Peril."
Humorous portrait of half shaved actor Donald Sutherland.
Julie Andrews in live broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Cinderella."
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra.
Mia Farrow on set of "A Dandy in Aspic."
Dancer Fred Astaire clad in top hat, tails and spats, twirling cane in one hand as he dances "Puttin' on the Ritz" number for the movie "Blue Skies.".
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on the launch of Desilu Studios, pondering their new venture.
Little Richard posing in mod fringed shirt.
Don a faux pressure suit and pay tribute to the Project Mercury astronauts (clockwise from top left): Alan Shepard, Virg
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30 Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by Vintage Celebrities

Oct 15, 2015

This year's Halloween parties are likely to see a plethora of Trump wigs, Swift squads and Pizza rats. But if 2015's memes are less to your liking than vintage flair is, the LIFE magazine archives offer a treasure trove of classic inspiration. For the musically inclined, there's Little Richard's signature look and Elvis Presley's smart army get-up. For coordinated couples, there's Hollywood's onetime leading couple (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) playing one of history's leading couples (Cleopatra and Antony). And for those preparing to start Movember on Nov. 1, Donald Sutherland—better known to today's young moviegoers as President Snow—displays a daring feat of facial topiary.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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