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2015: A Look Ahead Comments Off on 2015: A Look Ahead

Posted on January 05, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

2015- A Look Ahead

Happy new year! Did you have a good one? Are you returning to work today filled with resolutions and good intentions?

Well, we are too – and we’re really excited about all of the fantastic opportunities (excuses!) to dress up there are in 2015. We’re just itching to share a few with you…


January is Creativity Month – and what could be more creative than wearing fancy dress? On top of that, the 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet day, and it’s Winnie the Pooh Day on the 18th. And there you have three cast-iron excuses to get your fancy dress on!


Everyone knows that 14th February is Valentine’s Day… but did you know that the 2nd is both Hedgehog Day and Marmot Day? And on Friday the 13th, it’s Blame Someone Else Day. So you can legitimately turn up for work in fancy dress, and… blame someone else! Our favourite though, has to be the 16th, which is Do a Grouch a Favour Day. What better favour could you do to a grouch, than to dress up like Oscar the Grouch?!


March is Women’s History Month, so expect a lot of things going on to commemorate that. We’re sure if you put your mind to it, you can think of a woman from history to whom you could pay tribute!

If Women’s History Month is not your thing, then what about Dr Seuss Day on the 2nd? Even better, the 3rd is What If Cats And Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day – so you can re-use your Cat In The Hat costume, and save on cleaning bills! We know, we’re so helpful!

March really is a jam-packed month. On the 9th we have Barbie day, and following shortly afterwards on the 13th, it’s Ken Day! Why not go the whole hog, and dress up as both of them?

And if you don’t want to dress up for any of these days, then Poultry Day on the 19th is the day for you!


Aside from the fact April 1st is April Fool’s Day, when nothing is off limits, the 2nd is Children’s Book Day – why not dress as your favourite children’s book character? If that’s not appealing, the 4th is World Rat Day… imagine how many people you could freak out on your morning commute, if you did it in a rat costume!

March 11th is Barbershop Quartet Day. Do you have a candy-striped suit and straw hat somewhere at the back of your wardrobe? If that’s not your thing, the 17th is Nothing Like a Dame Day… so dust off that purple wig and the ridiculous heels!

Not feeling inspired? The 23rd is World Book Night, when books are celebrated everywhere. Who’s your favourite literary character?


Ooh, May’s going to be a good one! It’s Batman Day on the 1st! Who doesn’t want to dress up as Batman? Here’s your cast iron excuse to do so. If ghosts and ghouls are more your thing, the 3rd is Paranormal Day.

Of course, the one day in May everyone knows about is Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You!

Also, you should probably be aware that the 13th is Leprechaun Day. Keep an eye out for little ginger fellas in bright green suits… or just dress up as one yourself!


Wow, June is like a bumper month for fancy dress enthusiasts! The 9th is Donald Duck Day (though you might want to avoid dressing up as him in public – he never wears trousers!). Then on the 12th, we have Superman Day – another underwear issue, but easier to deal with. On the 19th it’s Garfield the Cat Day, so you can dress as a ginger cat and eat lasagne all day! And finally, the 25th is Global Beatles Day. The possibilities with this one are endless: you could go with early Beatles, with their trademark hair and suits, or the hippie Beatles, with the round spectacles, long hair and free love, man. Then there’s Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or the outfits from the Magical Mystery Tour… half the work is in deciding which era to choose!

We’ll be back on Wednesday with Part 2 of our look ahead to 2015!

Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday Comments Off on Celebrate Barbie’s Birthday

Posted on March 21, 2014 by admin


This year everyone’s favourite childhood doll turns 55! Yes, Barbie celebrated her birthday on 9th March and as a never ending source of inspiration for great fancy dress, we’ve put together some tips so you can easily achieve a fantastic Barbie costume.


That perfect, plastic look can be hard to achieve, so check out this awesome make-up tutorial from Michelle Phan, who shows you how to get that flawless Barbie look. Using a combination of pale blue and bright pink shadows along with false eyelashes, you can easily achieve the perfect Barbie make-up style.

Perfect Barbie Hair

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If you’ve already got Barbie blonde locks, why not style your hair into a classic Barbie ponytail? Alternatively, invest in a platinum blonde wig and accessorise with a pink hair band or ribbon.

Alternative looks

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If you’re planning on a Disco or Ballroom Barbie look, you might want to consider using a bolder eye-shadow and black eye-liner for a more striking effect. Once again, it’s best to highlight your lower waterline with a pale pink or white eye-pencil.

Barbie costumes

Barbie has had many looks over the years, so there’s a wide variety of choice when it comes to selecting your outfit for your Barbie costume. Here are some of our favourites…

Tour Guide Barbie

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We love this really simple but effective costume idea for Tour Guide Barbie!

Dream Date Barbie

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If you’re thinking a little outside the box (or in this case, inside the box) for costume ideas, then check out this Dream Date Barbie costume, complete with Barbie packaging!

Barbie Make-up Head

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Check out this great costume idea with a twist – the Barbie hair and make-up head, and dressing table. If you’re feeling a bit crafty, then you can fashion a make-up table as part of your costume and attach some old make-up and brushes to give it that dressing-table look!

Barbie and Ken Group Costumes

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If you’re looking for a great group costume idea, then look no further! Drawing inspiration from loads of different Barbie, Ken and Skipper dolls!


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Super cute seasonal pooches! Comments Off on Super cute seasonal pooches!

Posted on November 15, 2013 by admin

We Brits can’t get enough of our four-legged friends. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are truly our favourite furry companions so there’s no wonder that we try to get them as involved in Christmas as we humans!

Gifts, doggy advent calendars and the leftovers from the Christmas dinner aren’t enough for our beloved canines though…we want them to dress up too! Lucky for us, the web has plenty to offer when it comes to seasonal pup pictures – get ready to feel Christmassy!

The reindeer collective


Santa can keep Rudolf when we have these super cute (and pretty funny) dogs dressed like reindeers!


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Santa’s little helpers


Whether they’re helping the big man deliver his presents or simply spreading some Christmas cheer, these little helpers are making sure Christmas runs smoothly!


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Driving home for Christmas…


These dogs took the Chris Rea song a little too close to heart and are making sure that their buddies make it home in time for Christmas!



Have you ever dressed up your beloved pooch? We’d love to see your pictures and hear your stories! Send us a tweet @fancydressball or leave a comment!

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Leeds and Reading Festival throughout the years! Comments Off on Leeds and Reading Festival throughout the years!

Posted on August 16, 2013 by admin

Over next week’s bank holiday weekend, hundreds of thousands of revellers will take to fields in the North and South of England to enjoy three days of fun, frolics and amazing music from some of the world’s biggest acts at Leeds and Reading Festival.

Starting as a small rock, blues and heavy metal festival based solely in Reading during the 1960s, this legendary festival has expanded throughout the decades into the double-site event featuring a wide range of musical genres, including rock, punk, electronica, rap and pop, alongside all the subsections of these genres.


The many faces of Leeds and Reading

With a combined crowd number of over 180,000 revellers, Leeds and Reading Festival features a huge number of stages within both of its ground, with several new stages introduced in 2013.

  • Main Stage: Featuring the best known and loved acts of the weekend, the Main Stage sees the headlining acts play to a huge audience from the morning until late. With three massive screens projecting across the field, music lovers can enjoy the stadium atmosphere whilst enjoying unlimited views of the acts on stage.
  • NME/Radio One Stage: The biggest tented stage at the festival, the NME/Radio One Stage is known for playing some of the most popular alternative acts of the weekend. Featuring everything from indie to dubstep, this stage acts as a great alternative from those performing on the Main Stage.
  • Lock Up Stage: Taking inspiration from the original rock routes of the festival, the Lock Up Stage showcases the best in heavy metal and punk, combining under-ground acts with some globally popular acts.


  • Dance Stage: Previously combined with the Lock Up Stage, the Dance Stage is now an independent stage of its own, featuring popular electronic bands throughout the weekend.
  • Festival Republic Stage: Featuring more obscure bands of every genre, the Festival Republic Stage is typically headlined by a popular alternative band at a later time than the Main Stage.
  • 1xtra Stage: Brand new for 2013, the 1xtra Stage is the BBC’s second stage of the festival, featuring a wealth of RnB, rap and hip-hop acts from around the world.
  • Alternative Stage: The only stage to feature non-musical acts, the Alternative Stage presents cabaret and comedy throughout the day, with DJ sets played during the evening.
  • BBC Introducing Stage: the BBC’s smallest stage of the festival, the BBC Introducing Stage gives local and unsigned acts the chance to perform at the festival and is renowned for hosting secret, acoustic sets with globally popular bands that have featured on the Main Stage during the weekend.

Festival highlights throughout the ages

Leeds and Reading Festival is renowned for hosting some now infamous performances from iconic bands. Some of these performances have become well known for the amazing atmosphere and performance which occurred on the night; some, unfortunately, are known for worse reasons.

Perhaps the most famous performance of the festival’s history came from Nirvana in 1992, which was to be their last UK performance before Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Now available as an album and DVD called simply Live at Reading, Cobain took to the stage in a wheelchair and hospital gown, as a tongue-in-cheek response to media speculations about his mental health.

The set has known gone down in history as one of their very best, and sparked the intense popularity the festival enjoyed for many years.

In 2010, Guns N’ Roses, who had headlined at Leeds Festival in 2002, sparked controversy initially for being on stage 60 minutes late. During the performance, Axl Rose read lyrics for their songs from a screen throughout the performance, and after being cut off by the festival organisers, hosted a sit in on stage.

Fans were dissapointed with their performance and asked for an apology, though the band declined to do so.

Early 00s indie icons The Libertines made national headlines in 2010 as they reformed as the original line-up exclusively for Leeds and Reading Festival. With their first performance together on stage since 2004, the band worked through their hits in a spectacular performance that made indie history.

Who to watch in 2013

Leeds and Reading Festival 2013 hosts a bigger line-up than ever before, with a wider selection of stages and genres on offer. With this bigger line-up, you may need a little help choosing who to watch, so let us help!

All performers on the Main Stage are set to draw a huge crowd, especially so for Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem. French indie set Phoenix headline the NME/Radio One Stage at the same time as Biffy Clyro, working as a smooth alternative to the Scottish rockers.

Skrillex, the rising dubstep star, will play as an alternative to headliners Green Day, and is a can’t-miss act for fans of all forms of electronica music. Finally, for lovers of heavy rock and punk, emo veterans Alkaline Trio take to the Lock Up Stage with what is set to be a legendary performance.

What to wear

Whilst Glastonbury is known for setting fashion trends, Leeds and Reading Festival is renowned for fancy dress! With revellers taking to the stages in their best fancy dress, this is the perfect weekend to show off your creative side.


Morphsuits are incredibly popular year on year, and work surprisingly well in the mud. Likewise, superheroes are continuously popular, with a pleasant combination of well-known costumes with more obscure characters.

Whether you choose a group theme (such as a farmer with a herd of cows!) or individual costumes, Leeds and Reading Festival is one of the best places in the country to wear your favourite fancy dress.

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Top 4 Cartoon Costumes Comments Off on Top 4 Cartoon Costumes

Posted on September 26, 2012 by admin

A frequent favourite amongst fancy dress fans around the world is the theme of the cartoon. For many, there is no other alternative – how can the likes of Bugs Bunny and Sonic the Hedgehog be overlooked when it comes to fancy dress?!

We take a look at our top 5 costumes from cartoons over the years to reignite a few childhood favourites!

1)      Bugs Bunny

We would say this is in no particular order, but Bugs is simply our favourite cartoon character of all time. The costume lives up to the legendary quality of Bugs’ wit and dry humour, so you’d better get practising your jokes if you’re going to don this one!

2)      Dennis the Menace

If it’s a menacing little mischief-maker you want to be, Dennis is your costume of choice. When it comes to cartoon fancy dress, Dennis the Menace rules the roost in terms of rascality. Don’t forget that whacky wig!

3)      Minnie Mouse

Minnie has long been a favourite ladies costume in the world of fancy dress. She’s also a favourite amongst the men, if you see what we mean…! Anyone who is cool enough to catch the attention of Mickey Mouse deserves their place on this list as far as we’re concerned!

4)      Sonic the Hedgehog

Last but not least, one of the coolest and most recognisable costumes of all cartoon (and, indeed, video game, history) is that of Sonic the Hedgehog. Partner up with Knuckles and you’ll be in for a heck of a good time!

Themed Parties: The 1960s Comments Off on Themed Parties: The 1960s

Posted on September 24, 2012 by admin

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.

The Beatles

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.

Marilyn Monroe

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?

A Stag Do with a Dark Side Comments Off on A Stag Do with a Dark Side

Posted on August 22, 2012 by admin

Struggling to come up with ideas for a stag do? Well, we have just thing for you, chaps.

Nothing goes down a storm in the same way as a bunch of Stormtroopers on a stag do. Picture it: a fearsome (and armoured) group of some of the most intimidating characters of all time, stumbling out of pub after pub in an English city centre.

Getting served at the bar will be a doddle in a Stormtrooper costume and you can expect to be the centre of many people’s attention and the target of many a camera lens. Who knows, you might even find yourself tagged in a few random photos on Facebook the morning after, but one thing’s for certain: you’ll want to be a Stormtrooper at home, at work and everywhere you go after an epic stag do like this.

Now, to make this scene even more epic, you could kit the stag out in none other than a Darth Vader costume. Vader is the epitome of intimidation – even more intimidating, of course, than a Stormtrooper – so he never fails to draw the eye in a public place.

With these costumes, you can really make this a stag do to remember, not just for you and your mates, but for everybody who happens to see you on the night out!

Batman and Bane to Steal Halloween Comments Off on Batman and Bane to Steal Halloween

Posted on July 25, 2012 by admin

Halloween might seem like a long way away, but when you hear things in terms of weeks, they always seem much closer! The fright fest is, in fact, only 13 weeks away!

It’s never too early to get planning the greatest Halloween party of them all, even if it is (supposed to be) summer right now. Halloween is one of the only times of year that we all get a chance to put everything into dressing up and making some haunting memories!

There are so many Halloween costumes out there from which to choose these days, but when there’s a blockbuster movie in the midst, the game changes. The Dark Knight Rises is tipped to provide some of the most popular costumes across the nation this Halloween. It’s not only the Batman costume that will make a multitude of appearances; the Bane mask is hotly tipped to terrify party-goers everywhere.

Tom Hardy’s performance as bad-man Bane really made the film as dark as the Dark Knight should be, so it is sure to inspire fancy dressers when that fancy dress time of year arrives.

Batman is not, of course, the only option, though. Spiderman is another big hitter this year, so expect to see plenty of people in skin-tight red and blue suits on the 31st October!

New Bond Images Released! Comments Off on New Bond Images Released!

Posted on July 20, 2012 by admin

Den of Geek reports that a couple of stills of the new James Bond movie have been released and you can see them here.

Daniel Craig stars in his third outing as 007, Skyfall, which is due to be released in the UK this October. Fans of the superspy have been itching to see the new movie and have frustratingly been drip-fed teasers for the past few months.

It’s been 4 years since we last saw Bond on the big screen. 2008’s Quantum of Solace wasn’t exactly an absolute cracker of a film, but nobody’s lost faith in the British hero. The fact that Sam Mendes is directing the new instalment of the franchise has only added to the excitement – October isn’t coming around quick enough!

Will you be digging out your sharpest suit to get in character for the premiere? Everybody wants to be James Bond. If you don’t want to be James Bond, you probably want to be with James Bond. He’s the epitome of cool. (We’ll be bringing our tuxedo morphsuits out to play, that’s for sure!)

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