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Style Icons from the 80s for the Ladies – Part 1 Comments Off on Style Icons from the 80s for the Ladies – Part 1

Posted on April 05, 2010 by admin

The eighties has always seemed like the decade in which the unofficial female revolution took place, and women finally saw it fit to dress in whatever way they wanted – however outrageous. If you’re attending or hosting an 80’s fancy dress party, here’s a fantastic rundown on some of the inspirational ladies of the music world that took us by storm during this influential decade.

Madonna – of course Madonna became a style icon of this time and with the eccentricity of her outfits, girls dared to be different. Some of her costumes were outrageously provocative, with suspenders, garters and lacy tights being just some of the clothing items featuring in her stage wardrobe. Therefore, becoming Madonna for the eighties fancy dress night is the perfect excuse to go out dressed like you’ve never dared to before. Don the coned bra, the wild hair, the red lips and the gorgeous corset and you’re bound to steal the show just like Madonna herself.

Cyndi Lauper – the lady that just wanted girls to have fun. However, her song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” shows the empowering sexual appeal Cyndi and other style icons of the 80s gave young women. With Cyndi’s overall wardrobe style being more punk than Madonna’s, she too allowed girls to dare to be different. Adopting her style for fancy dress would entail chic vintage dresses, bright colours and so on.

Debbie Harry – glamorous, gorgeous, sophisticated… a sure fire way to add the glam to your 80s fancy dress party. With blonde wigs, red lips and gorgeous outfits, becoming Debbie Harry for the night won’t fail to make you feel like the most glamorous woman in the world.

Fancy Dress Ball provide a host of authentic eighties-inspired fancy dress costumes to make any 1980’s themed fancy dress party a night to remember.

80s Idols Comments Off on 80s Idols

Posted on March 25, 2010 by admin

The 1980s saw the birth of the pop-culture that so prevails in the modern age, and saw us turning to our entertainment sources for our fashion ideas. It is true to say that the 80s was the first decade in which we truly not only began to idolise our stars, but began to imitate them. This means then when choosing an 80s fancy dress costume, you’ll have lots of inspiration – from some immediately recognisable 80s idols.

The King of Pop

Perhaps the most recognisable figure in the history of pop-culture was Michael Jackson. Not only was he an innovative musician, but he was a bona fide style icon. This makes him a great inspiration for 80s fancy dress. Some great Jacko inspired 80s fancy dress outfits include orange leather jackets (the “Thriller” look) or rhinestone encrusted leather jackets (the “Bad” look.) Such is the nature of Jacko’s style that you can add some subtle accessories, such has his famous diamond encrusted glove, to give a highly distinctive Michael Jackson look.

The Queen of Pop

Whilst the Jacko look will wow at 80s fancy dress parties, its not ideal for the girls! But luckily women have there very own paragon of 80s style to inspire them – Madonna. A Madonna costume is a great choice for a wide variety of tastes, as she just has so many looks! Some examples include her “blonde ambition” look, and her distinctive 80s look; either way a Madonna costume is a great option for a highly stylish fancy dress costume, that will make a great impact whichever look you go for!

80s Music Inspired Fancy Dress Comments Off on 80s Music Inspired Fancy Dress

Posted on March 24, 2010 by admin

In recent years there has been definite resurgence of 80s music styles, from electro-pop to power ballads, which means that 80s style has never been more in vogue. They say that fashions are cyclical and if this is the case then it is safe to say that we are truly undergoing an 80s revival!

80s music isn’t just remembered for its innovative musical styles and its revolutionary use of synthesizers and electronic music, but it also saw a simultaneous reinvention of the fashion industry. This makes 80s music is the perfect inspiration for 1980s fancy dress!

With bands like The Cure, the 80s saw the birth of gothic fashions and saw men’s styles that drew upon feminine influences; lead singer of the cure Robert Smith in particular adopted a feminine style of make-up and teased hair and eye-shadow, that was not only ultra-cool, but also ultra-simple to recreate; this makes Robert Smith’s style ideal of a 1980s fancy dress costume.

As well as flamboyant gothic styles, there were also plenty of ultra-masculine styles that would be great for a man’s 80s fancy dress costume. Bands like Spandau Ballet, for instance, dazzled with their rolled up sleeves and power suits. In order to recreate a  Spandau Ballet inspired 1980s fancy dress costume, all you need is an over-size suit with the sleeved rolled up!

One of the main reasons why 80s fancy dress is so popular is the fact that it can mean many different things; and can give the option to be super-extravagant, super-stylish or both!

The Best 80s Movies Comments Off on The Best 80s Movies

Posted on March 22, 2010 by admin

It is true that 80s saw a reinvention of ideas regarding fashion, and the burgeoning of a brand new pop-culture. The main component driving this change was, of course, movies. Like no other age, films in the 80s and 80s film-stars truly defined the style of an age.

There is a reason why the 1980s stands out in the imagination, and this is due to a particularly vibrant pop-culture. Indeed certain 80s movies stand out in the mind even now – two decades later, as masterpieces of popular cinema. Culture in the 80s undoubtedly inspired 80s outfits, particularly their recent surge back in popularity.

Dirty Dancing holds a special place in any 80s girl’s imagination, and it inspired whole new ideas about fashion and filmmaking. In terms of fashion it helped kick start the trend for exercise gear – such as head bands and legwarmers – and it showed us the potential for big hair styles! This makes Dirty Dancing the perfect inspiration for any 80s fancy dress costume and a great way to recreate its styles is with leggings and teased hair!

For boys, one film defined the decade – Ghostbusters! Perhaps not the most stylish film in the world, but a perfect cast and iconic styles means that it holds a special place in the imagination. The iconic nature of Ghostbusters means that it is perfect for an 80s fancy dress costume – what 80s kid doesn’t secretly want to be Egon or Peter Venkman?

80s movies were not only great pictures, but were also trendsetters and offer some of the best and most iconic ideas for 80s fancy dress costumes and 80s themed parties. Luckily, Fancy Dress Ball have a range of 80s outfits that are extremely authentic, making them a one stop shop for fancy dress.

80s Fashion for Men Comments Off on 80s Fashion for Men

Posted on March 17, 2010 by admin

There is no denying that the 1980s were pretty special in style terms, but in particular it was male fashions that really blossomed during the decade. Nowadays we seem to have forgotten those 80s ideals of male 80s flamboyance, however for the nostalgic (or brave!) amongst you it’s pretty easy to recreate some iconic 80s outfits for men.

Just like women’s 80s outfits, male fashion in the 80s was defined by its bright colours, including shocking pinks and bright yellows (yes, we are still talking men’s fashion!) and somehow men in the 80s were able to were such ultra bright colours and still look ultra-stylish. Think of Miami Vice, for example; an inspiration for many 80s men, where pink t-shirts were often combined with “preppy” looks to create a truly iconic style.

When thinking of the eighties, shoulder pads definitely spring to mind, and it is certainly true that women took centre stage in terms of business as well as fashion. However, men’s business ware also became an issue of power, consisting of strong designs with pinstripes and oversize suit jackets.

During the 80s, sports began to share the stage with a vibrant pop culture, and sports-ware began to be considered highly fashionable. These sports inspired outfits not were not only ultra-stylish and fashionable, but they were also brightly coloured, thus in-keeping with the flamboyancy of 80s outfits.

For 80s inspired fancy dress costumes that promote authenticity and style in equal measures, make Fancy Dress Ball your first port of call. We supply a wide range of men’s and women’s 80s fancy dress costumes to suit any preferences.

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