November 20, 2012 by
Ever since it first appeared on XFactor, this costume has been a favourite amongst many. It’s the outfit that ex-Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole wore for her first solo performance of the hit song ‘Fight for this Love’ in public.
It hasn’t taken long to become iconic, but it is so precisely because of how instantly recognisable it is. The Geordie’s debut solo, amazingly in 2009, brought to the world one of the most desirable fancy dress costumes amongst teenage girls.
The military-esque outfit consists of a pair of satin split leg trousers with a gold-braided waist band, a V body leotard, cropped military jacket and matching hat. The fingerless gloves polish off one of the sexiest celebrity costumes around.
What’s more is that the Duchess of Cambridge actually dressed up as Cheryl in this outfit for her hen party, making it all the more popular. Cheryl was understandably rather flattered upon learning that news, so she’s no doubt delighted that it has become such a hit costume since it first appeared on the scene.
September 24, 2012 by
Everybody loves a good old fashioned themed fancy dress party. Over the years, we have seen some truly great costumes come from the entertainment industry, but there is one decade that always stands out as a favourite amongst many – the 1960s.
It’s the chosen theme for many a fancy dress party and there’s plenty of inspiration for costumes. We take a look at some of the outfits that made the 1960s so memorable to give you some ideas for your own party.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time, The Beatles are always on the horizon when it comes to 1960s fancy dress. Of all the Beatles costumes, Sergeant Pepper has to pip it at the post – the instantly recognisable costume is still a strong favourite today!
1966 Soccer Hero
The 60s was, indeed, the decade in which England won the World Cup (in case you had forgotten after all these years of hurt). Bobby Moore was an absolutely stalwart part of that defence and he has been immortalised in this soccer hero fancy dress costume to recognise his achievements.
We recently saw the 50th anniversary of the death of the Blonde Bombshell and it is only fitting that her distinctive look is still a fancy dress favourite in the 21st century. She was sultry, sexy and altogether loveable, so what better way is there to stand out at a themed fancy dress party today?
September 14, 2012 by
It’s hard to believe that Liam Gallagher turns 40 later this month – and you can bet the rock wildman will celebrate the milestone birthday in some style!
The Beady Eye frontman is renowned for his rock ‘n roll antics down the years and Supersonic lifestyle, although the former Oasis star has shown signs of mellowing in recent years.
Gallagher, though, has a reputation to uphold and is expected to get stuck into plenty of Cigarettes & Alcohol and will Soldier On when he reaches the big 40 on September 21.
A fashion icon, Gallagher has inspired a whole generation.
And here at Fancy Dress Ball we offer you the chance to get the Gallagher look in homage to the Manc rocker.
First up, the classic 60’s mod jacket costume lets you look just like Liam when he and his brother Noel burst onto the scene in the 1990s. Sing it load and sing it proud – We are the mods, we are the mods, we are, we are, we are the mods!
Music from the Madchester era in Gallagher’s home city inspired the original Oasis line-up to get together and write music, so here’s a doff of the baggy hat to bands such as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.
Gallagher has had some weird and wonderful haircuts, but Don’t Look Back In Anger about this particular barnet.
September 10, 2012 by
Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow or Hawkeye, take your pick! The famous team made their comic book debut all the way back in 1963 and have remained at the heart of superherodom since.
It has now come to light that their 2012 reincarnation, Avengers Assemble has become the top movie in 2012 so far, surpassing the massive $1.5 billion milestone at the box office.
The extra $1.7 million taken in the last couple of weeks has been attributed to the further push of the movie over the US holiday – Labour Day.
The most recent of the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan is hot on their heels though, becoming only the 13th movie in history to reach the billion mark, which it did so in a similar Labour Day effort.
Avengers Assemble is currently ranked at number 3 in the list of the most successful movies ever made, beaten only by the James Cameron directed, Avatar and Titanic.
Superheroes of any kind have been a fancy dress favourite for a long time, just like the workaday characters in our favourite movies, any partygoer who dons the mask of a hero, becomes that hero!
September 07, 2012 by
The King. Ol’ Snake Hips. Elvis Presley is one of the biggest personalities to have ever been on the world stage.
He took the world by storm with his loose hips, good looks and outrageously smooth voice, but if there is one thing that Elvis should be remembered for above all else, it’s his dress sense!
He donned some of the best stage outfits of all time and consequently created what would go on to become one of the most popular fancy dress costumes in history. Black and white were his colours of choice, but it’s the white one that springs to mind when anybody mentions the word ‘Elvis’.
Now, we can’t talk about an Elvis costume without discussing the haircut. What a haircut it was – it’s enough to make anybody stand out at a themed party. You’ll need to get the voice down to a tee if you’re going to pull it off as the King himself, though!
And what about the Elvis sunglasses? No impersonator is complete without them! It’s a memorable look and, with Fancy Dress Ball’s help, you can pull it off and be the talk of the town next time you’re out! Huh!
September 05, 2012 by
Ladies and gentlemen, it is almost that time of year again. That’s right, fresher’s week is nearly upon us!
After a long summer of relaxation, UK students will be heading to university once again for another tough year of education. But first of all, it’s time for you students to do what you do best – party! Fresher’s week, or fresher’s month, rather, will see some of the biggest parties of the year and, indeed, some of the best fancy dress costumes of the year right across the country.
This time of year always produces the goods when it comes to great fancy dress pictures and we’re expecting the same this year. Mario costumes are a common favourite amongst students, but with the success of the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers Assemble and Keith Lemon this year, we might be in for some brilliant student snaps!
Fresher’s week is a rite of passage for any new university undergraduate and, to be fair, the tradition generally continues into the second and third years of university for most students (most students dedicated to fancy dress anyway).
Pub crawls are the bee’s knees for any fresher and it’s the perfect excuse to don your best fancy dress attire. So if you can avoid the fresher’s flu and rock the fancy dress, we’d love to hear from you! Send us in your pictures of your antics to Twitter and our Facebook wall!
August 20, 2012 by
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!
August 13, 2012 by
So, that’s it. It’s all over. What an Olympic Games that was – if you were a fan beforehand, you no doubt love Britain more and if you weren’t a fan beforehand, we hope you’ve been converted!
From start to finish, it was an absolute celebration of everything that is great about Britain; supporting the underdog, laughing in the face of the weather and cheering on every competitor! There were a few controversial events that didn’t deserve a cheer, such as those notorious women’s badminton doubles match between South Korea, China and Indonesia, but overall it was an overwhelming success.
It’s hard to define the best moment of the 30th Olympiad. It’s the question that everybody asks, but there are too many great memories. Mo Farah made Olympic history with his long distance double, Jessica Ennis nailed every event to become the best in the world at the women’s heptathlon and Sir Chris Hoy became the most decorated British Olympian in history.
Katherine Grainger finally achieved her dream by winning gold in the double sculls final, Victoria Pendleton finished off her career with an outstanding gold in the velodrome and Greg Rutherford leapt to the top of the world in the long jump.
Usain Bolt cemented his place in the record books as the greatest sprinter of all time and, just like in Beijing, made us all laugh along the way. The Jamaicans brought true character to the Games, making it one to remember for the rest of our lives.
Away from all the competition, the opening and closing ceremonies will certainly live long in the memory, not just for their costumes, but for the magical scenes of history, hilarity and the downright bizarre.
We really put on a good show, didn’t we?
July 11, 2012 by
OOOOSSSHHHHH!!!! Keith Lemon the movie is coming. It will be with us in UK cinemas on 24th August, so get your tickets in early folks!
The Yorkshireman, whose real name is Leigh Francis, has taken UK TV by storm again in the past few months with hit shows like Lemonaid and Celebrity Juice and he just continues to become a bigger star (so much so that the boss here at Fancy Dress Ball was inspired to get kitted out in a Keith Lemon costume earlier this year…).
The movie is one of the most anticipated comedies of the year and is sure to rip a few sides open next month. It tells the story of a man who dreams of emulating the Richard Bransons of this world and so leaves his hometown. His hometown, of course, is the lovely Yorkshire city of Leeds, but he deserts it in pursuit of success in the capital city.
His dreams are not as exciting as he had hoped, though, which inevitably leads him back to the place that he loves most: Leeds! Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire!
It’s set to be a right hoot and we for one cannot wait!
July 02, 2012 by
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!