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Iconic Costumes: Wonder Woman Comments Off

Posted on August 28, 2012 by admin

It might surprise you to hear that Wonder Woman has been around almost as long as the likes of Batman and Superman.

Indeed, she first appeared on the scene in 1941 in the famous All Star Comics, which now forms part of today’s DC Comics, and has since gone on to become one of the most famous and likeable of superheroes of comic book history.

Wonder Woman has enjoyed worldwide adoration since her inception in the middle of the Second World War and shot to even bigger fame when Lynda Carter brought her to life in the 1970s TV series.

She has not returned to our screens in human form since, but there have been many animated appearances from the world’s greatest ‘Amazon Demigod’.

The Trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman was party to a mini comic book series in 2003 from DC Comics. These three are considered the most iconic and recognisable superheroes of all time, not just of DC history.

The Wonder Woman costume is one of the most iconic ladies costumes of all time – just as iconic, perhaps, as Batman is when it comes to men’s fancy dress. In fact, just last year she came in at 5th in IGN’s ‘Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time’.

That’s exactly why she remains just as popular today as she always has been.

Iconic Costumes: The Honey Monster Comments Off

Posted on August 20, 2012 by admin

Each week on the Fancy Dress Ball blog, we will be looking at some of the most iconic and memorable costumes of all time. We are kicking it off with one of the most instantly recognisable costumes in history.

The Honey Monster has been around for decades. Interestingly, he wasn’t the first creature to front the advertising campaigns for Sugar Puffs – the cereal was launched in the 50s with Jeremy the Bear.

It wasn’t until the 70s that the Honey Monster first burst onto the scene. Since then, he’s become the true face of Sugar Puffs and is a favourite amongst kids and adults alike. For those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, the Honey Monster is one of the costumes of choice when it comes to revisiting our childhood!

He’s been the star of many classic adverts and the star of many children’s breakfasts over the years and continues to delight not only in the kitchen but at fancy dress parties, too. In some of his most famous adverts, he starred alongside football stars Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, as well as Boyzone.

Now you can be the star of the show in your very own Honey Monster costume from Fancy Dress Ball!

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.