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Iconic Costumes: KISS Comments Off

Posted on July 02, 2012 by admin

Music, TV, cinema, video games, comics – they’ve all provided some rather spectacular costumes over the years. From rock stars to movie stars, superheroes to super villains, there is certainly no shortage of inspiration around here.

Many of the world’s most instantly recognisable costumes are recognisable for a reason – because they’re awesome – so it’s time to pay homage to some of the most iconic costumes in the world of fancy dress. First up is Gene Simmons from Kiss.

Kiss turned the world of American rock on its head in the 1970s. It formed in 1973, rising to fame within the decade and changing the face of rock (literally) to become perhaps the most famous men in makeup in the world.

Approaching its 40th anniversary, the band is still going strong today and has recently played the likes of the Download Festival. The line-up has changed over the years as the band has been struck by tragedy more than once, but Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have been the only constants throughout the entire history of the band.

This is probably the reason that they still have two of the best and most popular costumes in rock and roll today. Our Deluxe Gene Simmons costume and Paul Stanley costume will rock your world if you want to pay tribute to two of the most famous rock stars of the past four decades.

The band has sold more than 100 million albums across the world with hits such as Rock and Roll All Night and Crazy Crazy Nights, so it’s no surprise that Kiss costumes are still so popular. Their next album will be called Monster and is set to be released later in the year.

We hope you enjoy some crazy, crazy nights in these costumes if you’re paying tribute to Kiss anytime soon!

Coronation Street Cast in Fancy Dress for Special Jubilee Episode Comments Off

Posted on May 04, 2012 by admin

The cast of Coronation Street was snapped in fancy dress this week as they prepared for a special episode to mark the upcoming Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Daily Mail reported on the fancy dress celebration and included some great pictures of the soap stars in their best fancy dress outfits. Paula Lane, who plays Kylie in the nation’s favourite soap, dressed up as Amy Winehouse, complete with the beehive bob and big earrings, while Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald, was in a time warp with his 1970s wig and purple flares.

Amy Winehouse Costume

Charlie Condu (Marcus) was grooving it up, too, in a shiny gold shirt with a white waistcoat to complete the 70s look. Ian Puleston-Davies, who plays Owen in the popular soap, seemed as though he was going for the Bono look, but perhaps we’ll have to wait for the episode to discover his intentions. It will likely be aired in the week of the Jubilee next month.

There was plenty of bunting and a fair number of Union Jacks flying around the set if the Daily Mail’s pictures are anything to go by, so we can’t wait for the episode to see the fancy dress outfits in all their glory.

The Jubilee week is set to be a nationwide celebration – let’s keep our fingers crossed for some good weather. Take a look around the site for some easy fancy dress ideas for women and men in preparation for the biggest celebration since the Royal Wedding!

Top 5 Star Wars Costumes Comments Off

Posted on April 14, 2012 by admin

The legendary Star Wars franchise has brought us many awesome fancy dress costumes over the years, from the Phantom Menace through to the Return of the Jedi. So, since they are all getting the 3D treatment now, we thought we’d pick out five of the best for you to don, should you find yourself in a lightsaber battle or two this summer.

Stormtrooper Costume
One of the most recognisable of all Star Wars costumes, the Stormtrooper is the epitome of the sci-fi warrior. It’s perfect for stag weekends in particular, so if your soon-to-be-to-married mate is on the lookout for a costume, this is sure to go down a storm.

Darth Vader Costume
Darth Vader
If anybody can lay claim to being the face of Star Wars, it’s Darth Vader. We’re not into the business of spoiling movies for our readers, so if you (somehow) haven’t seen Star Wars, it is a must watch for this character’s arc alone. This costume comes complete with the mask, the cape and even the belt (the lightsaber is sold separately).

Princess Leia Costume
Princess Leia
If you’re looking for a little something for a hen night, Princess Leia will steal the show as much as she lit up the big screen in the original movies. This costume certainly comes with her famous wig, so you won’t even have to do your hair on the night!

Jabba The Hutt Costume
Jabba the Hutt
This one might not be so great in a lightsaber battle, but it will certainly make the night of anybody that sees it. It’s inflatable, so you can make your presence known at any party in any club.

Han Solo Costume

Han Solo
Harrison Ford’s Han Solo has the costume of choice if you want to keep cooler than Jabs, D-Vade and the Stormers this summer. You can even recreate that famous “I love you” moment if your partner dresses up as Leia…

1970s The Vietnam War and John Rambo Comments Off

Posted on January 30, 2012 by admin

Also known as the Second Indochina War, the Vietnam War marks an important time in US history, a time where a nation was not only at war against communism, but at war with itself. Due to the bloody nature of the conflict, many of its veterans came home forever scarred, mentally in addition to physically. The 1982 film First Blood addresses one such veteran.

The film, which is based upon a 1972 novel of the same name, follows the journey of John Rambo, a highly troubled Vietnam War veteran who finds himself unable to re-adapt to society after the horrors he faced in the jungles of Vietnam. When a series of unfortunate events leads him to come into conflict with the police force of a small town, Rambo does what he knows best – uses guerrilla warfare tactics to survive and defeat the enemy. “They drew first blood, not me” is the much-quoted line Rambo gives when asked why.

While the Vietnam War is not a shiny moment in US history, it is an incredibly iconic one. In addition to Rambo, other classic films addressing the effects of Vietnam include Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Apocalypse Now, The Killing Fields, Forrest Gump, Good Morning Vietnam, The Deer Hunter, and Full Metal Jacket.

For 1970s fancy dress, military styling can be found in costumes for both men and women. This includes a Rambo costume which takes its look from the character John Rambo, as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone.

1970′s Film Night Costumes Comments Off

Posted on January 16, 2012 by admin

A great theme for a 1970s era fancy dress event is a night of celebrating favourite film characters.  The 1970s offers a lot of inspiration through the popular films of the decade.

Let’s start with American Graffiti from 1973. This classic film about growing up in early 1960s America provides an opportunity to evoke 1960s styles into a 1970s fancy dress party.

When it comes to 1970s classic dress, think Annie Hall from 1977.  Diane Keaton’s wardrobe in the film became the foundation for major fashion trends in the late 1970s.

When considering military themes, there are several films to choose from here:  MASH (1970), The Deer Hunter (1978), and Apocalypse Now (1979).

The 1972 film, Cabaret, can inspire a sexy twist to the era. The film that made Liza Minnelli a star, her signature look is recreated in the Cabaret Costume that includes a black hot pant jumpsuit with gloves and thigh high stockings.  Add a 1920s styled Bob Wig in black and a topper or bowler hat for a complete set.  As an extra touch, the small, black-feathered eyelashes really help make your eyes noticeable.

A good film for 1970s fancy dress is Saturday Night Fever from 1977.  To get Tony Manero’s look, the 70s Men Suit White is perfect.  Add a black shirt (we suggest the 205201-2), and you are ready to wow the crowd with your best disco moves.


Other great 1970s fancy dress films include Star Wars (1977), Taxi Driver (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974).

The 1970s Afro Comments Off

Posted on January 12, 2012 by admin

The Afro is far more than just a hairstyle; it is also an iconic identity statement associated with the ‘60s and ‘70s African American community. It is also a fabulous idea for 1970s fancy dress.

In a big way, the Afro was a result of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, a moment which, for many African Americans, brought forth a sense of appreciation of their own inherited, natural beauty.

When Afro-textured hair is left untreated (straightened, relaxed, braided, etc.), it tends to hold a very tight wiry, curl pattern. As it gets longer, instead of lying flat, the hair tends to grow outward. The result is the familiar rounded dome appearance. In the 1970s, this easy-to-maintain, culturally definable style became a political statement, reflecting what was known as ‘black pride’ and serving as a symbol of the ‘Black is beautiful’ movement.

Key figures from the 1970s who wore afros include Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, and actress Pam Grier, who portrayed the now iconic figure of Foxy Brown in the era’s Blaxploitation films.

Of course, the afro wasn’t just worn by African Americans; many other races adopted the afro, using perming and backcombing techniques to recreate the style.

As a 70s fancy dress idea, the afro wig is perfect for both men and women. The Funky Afro comes in several colours, including black, brown, blonde, orange, pink, and rainbow. Because the style is suitable for both sexes, afro wig selections include men’s, women’s and unisex. The Disco Glitter and Disco Dude wigs also give a nod to the style.

1970s Fancy Dress Costumes Comments Off

Posted on December 13, 2011 by admin

The 1970s is the era most popular for those having themed fancy dress parties.  This is because 70s costumes are fabulous and the music of the era is great for dancing and keeping a party going.  Disco was popular in the 70s as was large Afro style hair for men and long feathered styles for women.

In order to recreate this has a whole range of 70s costumes and accessories.  For men, there are plenty of loud and often gaudy patterned shirts with large collars and colourful suits with flared trousers.  There are also other costumes inspired by movies from the era such as Monty Python and costumes based on those wore by rock band Kiss.
For women, there are many brightly coloured tops in paisley patterns or plain block colours. Abba-inspired catsuits were also popular in the 70s and so has a range in various colours including bright orange and silver.  You can complete your look by accessorising with large jewellery pieces.

Accessorising your 1970s fancy dress is easy as there is also a range of tinted lens specs in various colours and shapes including stars, as worn by Elton John and large heart shaped frames.  To help complete your 70s costume, there is also a range of wigs available.  There are men and women’s afro styles in various colours and the long feathered look as favoured by Charlie’s Angels.  Tinsel wigs in various colours can give a touch of glam to any disco diva outfit.

Fancy Dress Theme Ideas Comments Off

Posted on November 29, 2011 by admin

Some of the most fun fancy dress costume events are those with a specific theme – and there are so many themes to choose from. Here are some to consider.


For a fancy dress event tailored around couples, there are themes that provide the opportunity to dress in complementary outfits. These include vicars and nuns, gangsters and molls, doctors and nurses, and football players and cheerleaders. Other complementary styled themes include cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers.


Any decade makes a wonderful theme for fancy dress, but some of the most popular are the 20s, 50s, 60, 70s, and 80s. The beauty of decade-based themes is that it allows the fancy dress wearer to choose something from that decade that he or she wants to reflect: the 50s jock or greaser, the 80s punk rocker or preppie.

Films and Video Games

Have a favourite film or video game? Why not use it for a theme? Are you a Sims fan? The Sims Medieval provides the perfect opportunity for medieval fancy dress. Pirates of the Caribbean can serve as inspiration for the would-be swashbuckler.

Another idea is to have your guests to come as characters from their favourite film: Scooby and Daphne, Popeye and Olive Oil, Wilma and Fred, Beetlejuice or a Ghostbuster. Guests can be glamorous, silly, fanciful, or comfortably toned down. For the man uncomfortable with fancy dress costumes, Indiana Jones might be ideal.

These are just a few themes. From Disney and fairy tales to traditional seasonal like Christmas and Halloween, themes are all around.

Punk Rock – 1970s and 1980s Comments Off

Posted on November 25, 2011 by admin

The 1970s and 1980s were great decades for punk rock and the looks and styles of that genre make for great 70s and 80s fancy dress ideas. 

Punk rock is a musical genre that has its roots in the 1970s, first developing in the USA, UK and Australia between 1974 and 1976.  Its beginnings were rather humble, starting with garage rock and growing from there.  Songs were short, instrumentation was minimal, and the music was fast, with a hard edge to it. 

Key figures in 1970s punk rock include The Clash, Ramones, and the Sex Pistols.  With the rise of these bands came the rise of the punk subculture, from which we draw many of our fancy dress inspiration. 

With the advent of the 1980s also came the advent of faster, more (if you can imagine it) aggressive punk rock, which then branched out to give way to post-punk and the 1990s alternative rock movement. 

To achieve punk fashion for 70s fancy dress, look to the UK.  Many of the punk styles favoured, were based upon designs by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren: torn t-shirts with offensive slogans, leather jackets, ripped fishnet stockings, safety pin adorned clothing, studded, spiked and silver jewellery, and heavy eyeliner on men and women. 

The 1980s where much of the same, but included Doc Martin styled and motorcycle or combat boots, bandanas, chains, jeans torn and splattered with bleach and tartan kilts. 

For 80s fancy dress, the 80s Punk Girl Costume includes the tartan skirt, leather-look basque, studded collar and cuffs.  Add Ripped Fishnet Tights and one of the selection of wigs, like the 80s Multi-Coloured Cutie Wig.

1970s Icons – Charlie’s Angels Comments Off

Posted on November 17, 2011 by admin

In the 1970s and 1980s, Charlie’s Angels ruled the television schedules.  For one hour every week, Kelly Garrett, Sabrina Duncan and Jill Munroe caught our attention and won our hearts as they worked together to solve crimes.  Men wanted to date them; women wanted to be them.  So what better inspiration for a 1970s fancy dress costume event, than the original Angels?

The first place to begin is with the hair.  Jill, played by Farrah Fawcett, had her signature blonde look, much like that of the 1970s Layered Flick Wig in Blonde.  Sabrina, the brainy one of the group, sported a long bob similar to the Cheerleader Wig in Brown or the Party Wig in Black.  For Kelly, it was all glamour and sophistication.  For her, consider the Superstar Wig in dark brown. 

Moving to outfits, the inspiration here is all about emulating the personality.  Jill was sporty and would have easily rocked the 1960s Cheeky Brit Costume.  Sabrina was classic and one could easily see her in the Boogie Babe Costume, with its brown check pattern.  For Kelly, the Foxy Cleopatra Diva Costume is spot on. 

To accessorise the looks, consider false eyelashes, high heel Mary Janes in black for Kelly and Sabrina, and white trainers for Jill.  If you’re comfortable with the idea, add a water pistol; these Angels carried guns.  Of course, the Angels wouldn’t be complete without their Bosley.  So, as the final perfect accessory, find a great guy and put him in a 1970s inspired suit.