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Adult Costumes for World Book Day Comments Off on Adult Costumes for World Book Day

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


With World Book Day just around the corner, we’re wondering why the children should have all the fun! After all, most books have adult characters too, don’t they? Here are five great World Book Day costumes for adults who don’t want to miss out on all the fun:


1. Bert the Chimney Sweep

One of the best characters (and worst accents) the world has ever seen in a movie, Bert the chimney sweep began life in the Mary Poppins books by PL Travers. If you need a bit of inspiration for this role, check out this amazing video from last week:





2. Mary Poppins

You can’t have one without the other now, can you! If you’ve seen the movie Saving Mr Banks you’ll know that long before Disney made her into a movie star, Mary Poppins was the beloved nanny from PL Travers’s set of enchanting children’s books. Practically perfect in every way, of course.









3. Oompa Loompa

Everyone has heard of the oompa loompas, right? They come from Loompaland, which Willy Wonka describes as a terrible place filled with thick jungles and dangerous animals. They’ve left Loompaland to work in Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory…








4. Odlaw from Where’s Wally

You can expect to see lots of people dressed as Where’s Wally this World Book Day, so why not try something a little different and be Odlaw instead? Odlaw is the bad guy from the Where’s Wally books; all he cares about is getting his hands on Wally’s magical walking stick.









5. The Mad Hatter

One of the most famous characters, the Mad Hatter has had many forms. As well as appearing in the movie adaptations of the Alice in Wonderland books, he also appears in the TV series Once Upon a Time, as a bad guy in Batman and even in an episode of Futurama.






What are you dressing up as for World Book Day? Do head on over to our Facebook page and share a photo!




Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins is Fifty! Comments Off on Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins is Fifty!

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

August 26th will mark fifty years since Mary Poppins first hit the cinemas.

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Do you know anyone who hasn’t seen that movie?

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It’s widely considered to be one of the best films of all time, and possibly Walt Disney’s finest moment. In fact, Mary Poppins was Disney’s first dvd release in 1998 – and Mary Poppins is often referred to as the movie that made Walt Disney World a reality!

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The actors playing the children in the movie weren’t told about certain effects in the film (the carpet bag scene, for example) – so faces like this were genuine reactions!

The movie won five Oscars in the 1965 awards, as well as a Golden Globe, two Grammys and a Writers Guild of America award.

Check out Julie Andrews’ acceptance speech when she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Our favourite part of that clip is the shot of Dick Van Dyke applauding her in the audience!

And here are Julie Andrews and Walt Disney, no doubt toasting the success of a fantastic movie:

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If you’re looking to celebrate the 50th anniversary in style, why not dress up as Mary Poppins?

Of course, you’ll need that trademark hat:

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Has reading this post made you want to go and dig out your dvd of Mary Poppins?

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Don’t pretend you don’t own one; we all own a dvd of Mary Poppins!

Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes Comments Off on Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin

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During these chilly wintery months, there’s no better time to cosy up with a great book and revisit your favourite characters. The 6th March is World Book Day and to celebrate our love of literature, schools across the globe will be encouraging kids and teachers alike to spend the day as their favourite character.

If you’re a teacher struggling for ideas for this year’s costume, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your source of inspiration. We’ve got loads of clever character ideas to help you put together a winning costume for this year’s WBD.

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl was famous for creating dynamic and imaginative characters. Check out these excellent Fantastic Mr Fox costumes which use Wes Anderson’s characters from the big screen adaptation for inspiration.

Oompa Loompa

Another Roald Dahl inspired costume are the Oomap Loompa’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Once you’ve got your costume sorted, check out this excellent video tutorial from Pinkstylist who show’s you just how to get that orange Oompa Loompa make-up just right!

Mary Poppins

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Just a spoonful of sugar and a dash of creativity and you can transform yourself into PL Travers’ beloved magical nanny. This costume is a simple one to throw together, and effectively finished with the right make-up and hair. Check out this brilliant video tutorial from JoeyBBugg, to help you finish your look.

Pippi Longstocking

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Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is one fictional character who never goes out of style on World Book Day. The trickiest part of the Longstocking look is achieving those gravity-defying pigtails. One suggested method is to use wire in your braids to hold them upright.

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If you’re worried about having headache-inducing pigtails during a full day of teaching, then why not consider these stunning fishtail plaits instead?

Elizabeth Bennet

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If you’re going for a more classic character, then Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a simple and timeless look that can easily be achieved. Finish this look with a stunning hairstyle of loose curls.

Got some great ideas for your character costume this World Book Day? Why not share them over on our Facebook page!

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