A reader of this blog sent me some photos of Barbara Rhoades from a 1982 episode of Magnum P.I. In this episode she wears both gold and snakeskin print spandex disco pants. And of course, she plays an unsavory character. Just further evidence that Hollywood was trying to make the disco pant a preferred piece of the scheming, bad and/or empty-headed sexpot. Thank goodness Charlie’s Angels served as a counterbalance to them! Anyway, 1982 was still the height of disco pants so no surprise they would be seen in a Magnum P.I. episode. In fact, I’d be surprised if there weren’t any more episodes of this show where disco pants could be found.
As I am not a fan of snakeskin or tiger-print or zebra-print or any print for that matter, I am only going to post the solid gold color disco pants she wore on this episode. She was about 35 or 36 here so it’s good to see that a slightly older female was still wearing such pants even if her character was questionable. You’ll note that while her pants are the tightest-fitting disco pants ever, even looser-fitting spandex has a way of grabbing onto you and still giving the impression of being a second-skin.
The pants look really great here. I was told it’s a gold color but at least in the photos it looks more like champagne or something like that. That is a color I don’t have and would like to add to my collection. Gold can be a bit loud as it’s not a color of pants that either gender wears frequently. This one seems to be softer and in between gold and silver. I’ve seen some in this color on ebay or elsewhere but either they were too small or I just couldn’t afford them.
Also, I can’t tell what brand they are. She does a pretty good job of keep that part covered up, but most likely they are Le Gambi or Bojeangles.
The reader sent me some video clips of this episode as well but I cannot share them here. Thanks to him for sharing all the photos and clips!