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Get the look… Disco party Comments Off

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin


It’s time to put on your platforms, get the glitter ball out of the attic and invite your mates round for a 70s themed disco party. Don’t believe that disco is dead? Then grab a pair of platforms and put together a party playlist and let Fancy Dress Ball help you get the look for your own disco party!

Get the look… Make-up

There’s so much you can do to create a fun and funky disco look. Check out this video tutorial from Mila Victoria which shows you how to get this fabulous glittery look using multiple colourful eye-shadows, glitter eye-liner and some funky false eyelashes.

Alternative looks

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Alternatively, why not go for this colourful and funky look? Create an exciting neon style using a series of neon shades blended together and finished with dramatic black eyeliner.

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Loving the neon look but wanting something little more subtle? You can create this funky disco look using natural shade eye-shadows and fabulous neon eyeliner!

Disco hair

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Disco hair is about one thing and one thing only… VOLUME! There are a variety of ways to bouffant your locks, so ditch the anti-frizz and switch those straighteners for a curling iron!

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If you’re lucky enough to have long layered hair, then you can easily achieve this wavy look which will definitely add the finishing touches to your 70s disco outfit!

Neon nails

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No disco look would be complete without some far out neon nails. There are a wide variety of neon colours to choose from, but if you’re super creative, you can create this psychedelic look using different colours.

Thinking of throwing 70s disco bash? Head over to our Facebook page and share your ideas!

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Movie Party Special Comments Off

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin


Last week saw the end of this year’s award season with the 86th Academy Awards. If you’re planning a film –themed party to celebrate the winners (and the losers) or just need an excuse to dress up as your favourite character, we’ve got some great ideas to inspire you.

American Hustle

David O’Russell’s 70s flick American Hustle received a whopping 10 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, yet sadly came away with nothing. But as the film that received the most nominations in 2014, there’s still every reason to dress up in your 70s get-up for your movie-based bash.

We love this great tutorial from Punk Chyaz, which shows you how to achieve a cool Jennifer Lawrence-inspired look from the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s tale of 80s yuppie greed didn’t win any awards at this year’s Oscars, but as it’s one of the most talked about films this year, there’s every reason to reach for a massive mobile phone, slap on some khakis, a bright polo shirt and complete with a sweater over the shoulders. Don’t forget to slick back your hair and turn up your collar!

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 The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came away with the award for best costume design, for its fresh and fabulous flapper outfits. If you’re going for a Great Gatsby themed ensemble, then this gorgeous hairstyle will really finish off your look.

Check out our BAFTAs special for more ideas on how to achieve and award winning 20s style!

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And the rest…

If you’re going for something a little more fun with your costume why not dress in style and celebrate the film that swept the board at this year’s Oscars: Gravity.

Iron Man 3 was also in the list of this year’s nominees, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as playboy and entrepreneur Tony Stark, now’s your chance to become one of Marvel’s most well-loved superheroes!

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Just for fun…

Star Trek: Into Darkness was also nominated for an award, but even if you don’t fancy sporting the Spock ears and blue sweater yourself, you might have a furry friend who’d love to be involved in your Oscar celebrations!

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Fancy Festivals: Top 5 of the best dressed on Pinterest Comments Off

Posted on July 05, 2013 by admin

We love to see festival-goers being firmly committed to fancy dress at a festival – after all, what better place is there to express yourself than at a festival?!

Whilst wearing a tutu, fairy wings or funny fake beards can turn any drab outfit into a fab outfit, some people really do go the extra mile. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next festival this summer, why not take a leaf out of these merry-maker’s books and go all out?


This costume is nothing short of stunning and shows some real commitment to the fancy dress cause! We hate to think how long it took to take that blue paint off in a tent, but it was certainly worth the effort!


This is nothing short of creepy…we love it! Whilst it may be a little warm for a festival in the peak of summer, the effect is amazing and the makeup is simple yet completely effective.


This mother and daughter duo take some inspiration from the seventies for these adorable costumes! Retro and fun, they look very comfortable for a day in a field and great for anything the weather can throw out them. Perfect!


Is it a flock of birds? Have we walked onto an airfield? No, it’s a group of supermen ready to save the day and help humanity party hard! Individually these would have been simplistic, but as a group these supermen show they know that a real friend doesn’t let another friend fancy dress alone!


Ah, the morphsuit, a classic festival fancy dress costume. Very effective, you can wear your colours loud and proud in a really comfortable morphsuit, which is surprisingly wearable in any weather. This group have really committed to the cause with matching colours!

If you have any top festival fancy dress snaps, please share them with us on our Facebook page!

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.

1970s Celebrity Costumes Comments Off

Posted on September 15, 2011 by admin

1970s costumes that have been inspired by celebrities are a big hit when trying to organise a fancy dress party.  It is easier sometimes to choose an outfit just by thinking of your favourite musical artist from that decade, your favourite film, or actor.

Costumes inspired by musical artists include Elvis Presley, of which there are costumes for both men and women (and children too if they want to dress like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.  There are many 70s films to take inspiration from including Star Wars and The Godfather, although if you cannot find inspiration from that, maybe 70s television shows such as Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, and Dads’ Army might help.

Fancy dress costumes do not even have to be too complicated, four friends wearing the same suit; with bowl-cut hair (or wig) could easily pass for the Beatles.  Add a few props such as a guitar, a microphone, and some drumsticks and the 70s fancy dress outfits are complete.

The 70s are perhaps the best decade to try to find a suitable outfit for as there were so many bands becoming well known, television was available in many more homes and people were experimenting more with makeup thanks to the likes of Kiss and David Bowie. has many perfect outfits and accessories that you might need to help your 70s themed party go with a swing, from afro wigs to big bold jewellery and bright coloured flares, your ideal outfit is easy to find.

Boogie Nights – 1970s Fancy Dress for Men Comments Off

Posted on September 02, 2011 by admin

If there is one era that men love to dress up for then that is the 1970s.  They get to wear suits and shirts in loud bold colours, big flares and even larger collars as preferred by the pimp known as ‘Huggy Bear’ in the popular 70s TV show, Starsky and Hutch.  The 70s was also the time when disco music and rock were the most often played, roller discos were a common occurrence and parents were trying to ban their children from listening to rock as it was classed as ‘the Devils music’.

If you are hosting a 70s-themed party or you have been invited to one, then may have just the right 70s fancy dress for you.  You can go to the party as a member of the rock band Kiss, complete with facial makeup, or you can wear the brightest flared trousers complete with contrasting satin shirt for a disco fever look.

Your 70s costume will look great with an 70′s Afro wig to finish the look.  If you do not want an Afro, you can always choose the shag style of full-bodied hair, and there are moustache and beard facial hair accessories also available.

Props such as guitars, microphones, and overly sized rings can add to the overall look of the outfit.  Open shirts with large medallions were very popular and has several to choose from.  Finally, a pair of Elton John-inspired specs with tinted lenses could be the missing piece that links the whole costume together.

Celebrating the 70s Man Comments Off

Posted on August 19, 2011 by admin

Reflecting on the1970s and some of the icons the decade produced such as Gene Simmons from the rock band Kiss, I’m sure you agree with us that the 70’s were a fantastic era for fancy dress with all the wacky outfits people wore back then.

The 70s brought with it the flower power vibe of the 1960s at the same time as people started celebrating Staying Alive to disco tunes. People thought stoves and refrigerators looked good in Avocado green and everyone had a beanbag chair.

For 70′s fancy dress inspiration, we can look to 70s icons like Kiss, Elvis, Abba, Adam Ant and Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch. Of course, the 70s was also when being naked became a popular option: the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” was replaced by “Which came first, Ray Steven’s The Streak or the actual streakers?” Having said that, we don’t recommend a streaker costume (as you do run the risk of being arrested).


So, what do we recommend? Well it’s really all up to you. Personally, we love Adam Ant, so the Prince Charming costume is a favourite. It is a deluxe fancy dress costume, which means great quality assured. The outfit includes a coat with braided cuffs combined with faux brass buttons, so to complete the look you’ll need a sash belt and trousers. By adding and modifying the Michael Jackson Bad Wig, you can create the perfect Adam Ant hair. Face paint will help you get the face right and large jewelled rings and boots complete the look.

Of course, you may prefer to pimp it up with one of our many Pimp suits, celebrate your inner Elvis or Travolta, or even unleash your inner Gene Simmons.

Getting Back to the 70′s Hair Comments Off

Posted on August 13, 2011 by admin

Wings… No, not the kind that angels wear, but the kind that Abba wore. Do you remember wings? (Did you wear wings?) What about afros?

The 70s were a time when men (and women) either tried to look super cool or did the Farrah Fawcett flip thing with their hair. And while we might be able to re-create some 70s fancy dress styles using our own hair, some of those looks would be impossible – especially if you’re a guy celebrating your inner rock star with a Kiss costume or a balding man trying to look like Disco Steve.

Along with the outfit and the accessories, to really make a fancy dress costume pop, you need to make your hairstyle fit the look. If your hair falls short of the look you’re after, then a wig is the perfect solution. We’ve got a variety of styles, including the Abba blonde layered flip and the Super Trouper wig for men. For our Kiss fans, we’ve got four different varieties: Demon, Catman, Spaceman and Paul Stanley. To recreate the tinsel look that was so popular back then, we’ve got three different colours; pink, gold and blue.

Of course, we haven’t forgotten the afro! In fact, we have several different types to choose from; in black, brown, red, green and even a “disco dirt bag” which comes with a moustache. For the ladies, we’ve got the disco puff wig. That’s where the long afro was parted in the middle and two ‘puff balls’ were created; one on each side of the head.