Fashion Name Permanent Wave
Stock # (US) #4219/4040 Asst
Hasbro package contents listing Includes: Pink and organe (sic) jumpsuit, belt, jacket and pumps
Comments/Trivia
  • 1 of 8 On Stage Fashions, released in 1986
  • 1 of 10 On Stage Fashions, released in 1987
  • The name of this fashion is a not Jem song title.
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Pink and orange jumpsuit: hot pink spandex pantsuit, the top is not hemmed, cut into a sweetheart neckline. There is a stiff orange mesh tank top sewn onto the top.
  • There is a slightly lighter pink and darker pink version of this pantsuit. I'm not sure if it's related to the year of manufacture or not. I didn't notice any difference in colour between my 1986 H22 and H-44 jumpsuits.
  • These are both loose, so I don't know why the difference, but one has a longer velcro strip down the back and pink thread, the other is shorter with orange thread.
belt: white thick nylon (think backpack straps); has a round orange "jewel" sewn in the centre, velcro closure.

jacket; soft cotton collared jacket, white with fluorescent pink tiger stripes.
  • This distinctive pattern was going to be reused for other clothing pieces in 1988, according to the photos in the 1988 Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair catalogue Matching Medley Fashions.
  • This pattern has also been spotted on various knock off clothing pieces.
  • I have seen two different cuff styles for this jacket; one looks more "rolled" than the other.
pumps; orange straight edged pumps.
  • Shown are the thick-sided shoes that came with my H22 fashion.  My H-44 came with thin sided shoes that are a little duller than these. (See a pic of the two together)

Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that Permanent Wave can be found in, that I know of, so far!
*I don't own all of these fashions NRFB so I can't say which, if any posters and inserts originally came with it.  Bold listings are those I have used to create this ID page.  Anything in Italics I haven't actually seen but have good reason to believe exists.  If you have any photos or information/corrections to share, I'd love to hear about it!

Canadian Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H44

Canadian Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H22

Canadian Issue: 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card.

European 6 language Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card.
UK Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H44
US Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card.  Hasbro, Inc.,/Pawtucket, RI 02862./All Rights Reserved./Made in China H22
US Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. Hasbro, Inc.,/Pawtucket, RI 02862./All Rights Reserved./Made in China. H-44

US Issue: 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card. 


Other images of Permanent Wave (generally unproduced/prototypes/promotional figures)
Hasbro catalogues # The photo used in both the first year Jem catalogue poster and the 1986 Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue shows the jacket to have a much larger/splotchier design, that is also darker.  The netting on the top is more sparse, and I can't tell if there is a jewel on the belt or not.
# First Year Package Art illustration again with the sparser netting on the top, larger and darker splotchier jacket and either no belt, or a thinner orange one.
# The same photo  is used for the 1987 US Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue, the 1987 France/UK Toy Fair Catalogue, the Second Year Jem Catalogue Poster and the Second Year package art, and it looks pretty much exactly like what was produced.
Topolino and a 1986 photo in Topolino is a rare early example of the fashion looking pretty much as it was made.
German leaflet Another photo is used in the 1986 German Leaflet (same photo appears in the 1986 Belgium catalogue): showing the fashion with the sparser netting on the top, larger and darker splotchier jacket and pink shoes.
Store Catalogues
Prototypes (from Hasbro employees, etc)
Commercials It is one of the outfits featured in the Rockin' Roadster commercial. It may be in other commercials I haven't yet screen captured for this site.
Other Print advertisements
Illustrations: Hasbro Box art
Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art
Illustrations: Cartoon  Most obvious difference from the produced fashion is the addition of socks in the cartoon. Also the belt is orange with black jewels (not white with a single orange one), the top/neckline has an orange ringer and no obvious bustier neckline showing.
Illustrations: UK Comics
Illustrations: Colouring & Activity Books
Illustration: Fashion Flash boardgame piece

Credits: Thanks to Matt for the information about the lighter/darker pantsuit. Thanks to Walter for donating the original line art to the Jem wardrobe! Thanks to Janet for the information on the stitching variants, belt length and cuff differences!