Book Week doesn’t have to be a drama – I know easy to say right? On the bright side, there is plenty of time till the wonders of 26th August and the start of Book Week 2017! The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere which I love cos it is super easy to work with whatever your darkling little rug rat is into this year…….I’ve started a few thoughts, just to begin with some tried and true characters….
Can’t go wrong with the classic from Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland…….there are plenty of cool characters to choose from. Bonus mummy points if you actually read it with your lovelies and double bonus points if you can sprout some memorable quotes from this gorgeous text!
Escape to….a fairytale once upon a time….
There are so many fairytales to choose from! Twisted versions are always great to get kids thinking out of the square – you don’t have to go for the standard fare, see what varieties on fairytale themes you can find out there to spark some creative thinking….
Escape….Over the Rainbow
Poor Dorothy – searching for something she already had! Still she had some adventures and met lots of interesting characters! From Dorothy and side-kick Toto, to the Witch, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin-Man – these guys are unmistakable.
Okay, so far I’ve just scraped the surface of the possibilities here. Time to get down to the shop and start dragging out the Book Week costumes – whew, hang on to your knickers folks, it’s about to get costume crazy!
It’s always popular to have a letter themed party! We are gradually going through our huge collection to list some ideas that might be helpful to those going to a D party! D costumes! From Daisy Duke to Dame Edna you are sure to find some inspiration here!
Costumes that start with D: D Costumes!
D’artangnon (The Three Muskateers) – same as other Muskateers, flouncy shirt, cape, bootlettes, sword etc
Dad’s Army – army clothes, from the television series based on WWII
Daisy Duke – cut off shorts with western shirt tied up
Daisy Hillbilly – cute gingham dress or denim shorts outfit with piggy tail hair
Dallas/Dynasty – selection of 1980’s dresses with wigs – see Cocktail
Dame Edna – 1970’s maxi dress with wig, glasses, beads and flowers – see below plus Maxi’s
Damsel – selection of medieval gowns – see Princess/Queen
Dancer – Ballarina costume or Flashdance dancer
Danny Zuko (Grease) – Wig with chops plus Thunderbirds jacket worn with jeans
Dark Bride – Zombie Bride with headdress etc – see Bloody Bride
Dark Nymph – Dark shredded gothic fairy with punk accessories
Darth Vadar – Black bodysuit, cape, helmet, gloves, light sabre, black boots
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust 1970’s suit with red mullet and makeup
David Livingstone – safari suit plus pith helmet – see Safari
Davy Crockett – western man with Crockett styled hat
Dead – use a zombie
Dead Man Pirate – Zombie pirate
Death – black robes, black hooded cape, scythe
Deer – furry brown suit, make up, headband, tail
Delilah – see Belly Dancers
Delinquent – see Schoolgirls
Demis Roussos – see Kaftans
Demon – see Devil
Dentist – see Doctor
Detective – See Gangsters, also Beige Trench Coat with Fedora Hat
Devil – all things red, from red bodysuit to red dress, cape, gloves, wings, horns and tail of course!
Diana, Greek Goddess – see Ancients
Dick Tracy – gangster suit with yellow jacket worn over the top
Dick Turpin – highwayman and smuggler, plain pirate costume with cape
Dinner Suit – see Formal
Disco King/Disco Queen/Disco Stu/70’s Disco Suits, shirts, flares/Disco Diva/Safari suits/1970’s suits and all things disco…………..
Disney costumes – see Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cruella De Ville, Shrek, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mr and Mrs Incredible, Dash Incredible, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.
Divinyls – see Chrissie Amplet
Doctor Evil – medium – grey jacket, grey pants, bald head wig Doctor Livingtson
Doctor of Death – see Zombie Doctor
Dog, Hot – onesize – foam hot dog costume
Dolly Bird – word used to refer to ladies in 1960’s who wore bouffant hair, white go-go boots and minidresses – see Retro Minidresses
Dominatrix – PVC bondage style – use Catwoman, punk bits and black PVC clothing
Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) – blue gingham dress with white blouse, white socks, red glittery shoes, basket, blue hair ribbons, auburn wig, Toto dog optional!
Dr Watson (Sherlock Holmes offsider)
Draco – bad guy from Harry Potter
Dracula – can be a full tuxedo with cape/mask/widow’s peak wig or a more simple and lightweight version with formal shirt, vest, formal pants, cape with collar and red lining, mask/fangs etc
Dracula’s Bride – a wide variety of slinky dresses suit this look, pair with a cape, gloves, bride headpiece etc
Druid – see Wizard
Duchess – see Princess and Queen
Dumbo – see Elephant
Dungeon Master – see Executioner
Duran Duran – 1980’s
Dusty Springfield – famous for her blonde beehive, heavy eye make-up and often wore shorter A-line 1960’s style dresses – see Retro dresses
Dynasty – see Cocktail Dresses
Phew! That turned out to be more than I had bargained for! Please be sure to let me know if I have neglected any “D” characters!
Through the year we often have folks going to dress up shows where they have to dress up as a character that starts with the initial of the birthday boy/girls names……this can lead to some heavy brainstorming to get the perfect costume! Here I’ve outlined some of the most common “C” costumes….
Costumes that start with “C”!
Cactus Pete – see Mexican
Cabaret Dancer – see Saloon Girls
Caesar – see Ancients
Caesar’s Wife, Calpurnia – see Ancients
Calamity Jane – see Cowgirls
Cardinal – see Bishop
Calico Jack – see Pirates
Can Can Girl
Calypso Girl/Caribbean Girl/Carmen Miranda
Calypso “Pirates of the Caribbean – tattered skirts, petticoats, bodice with fishing net feature, shell belts, black tattered shawl, heart necklace, dread lock wig
Canine – see Dog
Captain Caveman – see Cavepeople
Captain Cook – see Courtiers
Constable – see Police
Construction Worker – work clothes, boots, hard hat, tool belt
Captain Feathersword – see Pirates
Captain Hook – see Pirates
Captain Jack Sparrow – see Pirates and Jack Sparrow
Casino – formal wear/Casino themed costume
Captain James Kirk – Commander of the US Enterprise in Star Trek – see Star Trek
Captain Pugwash – Popular children’s pirate
Captain Lightening (Aussie Bushranger)
Caribbean Man – see Calypso
Care Bears – variety of fur suits, masks etc
Carnival – see Calypso
Carol Singer – Christmas Carol singer – Christmas coloured skirts, blouse, capes with hoods etc
Carpet Baggers – see Southern Gents
Carrie – horror prom girl covered in blood
Casanova – see Amadeus/Courtier
Castaway – ragged trousers, shirt, shredded straw hat, wild beard and wig, optional “friend” rock
Cat – variety bodysuits with fur, tail, headband
Cat in the Hat – black suit, white chest, striped red and white top, white gloves, face paint
Catwoman – black lycra bodysuit, gloves, headpiece
Caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland) – skivy top, green Caterpillar suit, green top hat with antennae
Cavalier – see Muskateer
Cavepeople – variety of fur tunics, armbands, leg bands, wild hair wig
Centurion – see Gladiator
Charleston – see Flappers
Charlie Chaplin – Black tails coat, grey pants, white shirt, vest, short wig, black bowler hat
Charlie’s Angels 1970’s version
Cheech and Chong – see Hippies/Bikies vests etc
Cheerleader – skirt, top, pom poms
Cookie Monster – Blue fluffy suit, fluffy shoes, fluffy gloves, mascot head
Cheetah – bodysuit and headpiece
Chef/Cook – Cook top, pants, chef hat
Cher – either 1970’s hippy style with long black hair with fringe or 1980’s leotard with fisnets, leather look jacket, sailor hat, huge black curly wig
Cheshire Cat – variety of suits, headpieces etc
Chicago – see Flappers
Chicken – furry yellow suit, mask etc
Choir Boy – red Priest with white shirt overlay
Cinderella – Ballgown, petticoats etc
Circus performer – also see Acrobat
Circus Strongman– Muscle shirt, jungle tunic, tattoos and bling
Clark Kent – wear pinstripe suit (Gangster) open over superman suit
Clint Eastwood – cowboy with poncho and hat
Clown – variety of clown suits, hats, vests, wigs, face paint
All year long we have (sometimes stressed) customers looking for a costume starting with the letters of their names, the letters of the birthday boy/girl or even combos of engaged people’s initials!
Since we have been doing this for so many years now, we have run the gauntlet of this task many times before. So I thought we could share some the ideas we have seen over the last couple of decades of costume foolery!
Starting, of course, at the beginning with “A”!
Costume ideas – Starting with “A”
ABBA – Agnitha, Benny, Bjorn, Frida – variety of white, silver, blue and red 1970’s clothes with appropriate wigs.
Abby (NCIS) – lab coat, tartan miniskirt, black t-shirt, black and studded accessories, black wig with fringe and ponytail, lots of tattoos, striped socks
Abraham Lincoln – black frock coat tails suit with black pants, black top hat, wig, beard
Absolutely Fabulous: Eddie – 80’s tragic designer style with red curly wig, Patsy – 80’s biker chick or designer style with blonde beehive, ciggies and booze bottle,
Absinthe Fairy – gorgeous green fairy dress, green glitter fairy wings, green garland, glitter makeup.
Academic/Judge – black robes with academic shawl, hat/ black pants, white shirt, black robe, white shirt, barrister’s or judge wig
Academy Award – Gold morf suit
Acropolis Now – “Effie”tight 1980’s Glamour clothes, huge teased brown wig, heaps of make-up, heaps of gold jewellery
ACDC – Angus Young – School uniform, shorts, velvet jacket or school shirt, tie tie, shaggy brown wig, school cap
Ace Ventura – Pet Detective – loud shorts, Hawaiian shirt and quiff hair – add pink tutu if desired
AeroSmith– 1980’s Glamour Rock flared and tight pants, studs, belts, scarves, ripped/singlet top/vest/frock coat, flicked brown wig
Acrobat/Circus performer – see Muscle Man as well – Acrobat is showgirl type leotard/tights, optional muscle shirt if a male, jungle person tunic, tattoos etc
Action Man – camo uniform – see Army
Adam Ant – Pirate shirt, pirate coat, black pants, scarves hanging off belt, bracelets, white stripe across nose, mullet/black hair with plaits hanging off
Adams Family: Morticia – black dress with draped sleeves, long and slinky, long black wig – white makeup, heavy eye make-up and red lipstick
Gomez –pinstripe black suit with whites stripe, white shirt, black tie, cigar, moustache.
Wednesday Adams – black dress with white collar and cuffs, black plaits wig
Lurch – black formal suit, white shirt, Frankenstein mask.
Uncle Fester – Great coat or monks robe worn with bald head wig
Admiral – military style uniform and hat
Aerobics Fan – leotards, tights, sweatbands, headbands and 80’s wig.
AFL Player – Footy players/supporters colours
African man – Masculine kaftan
African lady/queen – Kaftan with head wrapping
Agent 99 (Get Smart) – Retro dress, wear with brown bobbed wig plus small hat, gloves etc
Agent Smith (Matrix) – Black business suit, white shirt, black tie, black glasses
Air Hostess: sexy stretchy minidress with scarf and hat
Airline Pilot: vintage navy wool blend jacket with insignia, navy pants, blue shirt, blue tie, blue vintage hat
Al Capone – variety of gangster suits – see Gangsters
Army – US Marine –Authentic US Army Marines Uniform – Blazer with badges, pants, shirt, tie, hat
Army:Foreign Dictator style – cream pants, khaki shirt, Pale camo jacket, black military cap, medals, gun belt (optional) – 36” waist
Army Pin-Up Girl, army girl top with attached belt and medals, red gloves, collar and hat.
Artful Dodger – Oliver Twist – raggedy Urchin clothes
Attila the Hun – Wide legged pants, cross-over tunic, shirt, padded vest, sword, sash
Arwen – (Lord of the Rings) – midnight velvet gown with red hanging sleeves
Astronaut – see Space People
A-Team – Mr T – Denim or leather vest, lots of gold chain, mohawk wig
Athena – see Ancients
Audrey Hepburn – black and white formal dress – white gloves, Audrey wig
Aussie Digger – see Army
Austin Powers – Blue velvet pants, blue velvet jacket, white shirt with lace cravat, brown wig, glasses, medallions.
Australian Soldier – see Army
Autumn Fairy – Brown and green fairy dress, wings, trimmings, garland
Avatar – blue bodysuit, brown skirt, plaited wig, beads
Avengers – Black Widow, The Thing, Hawk-eye, Spider-man, Venom, Spider-woman, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Wolverine, Thor, Iron-Man, Captain America, She-Hulk, Hulk etc – 101 Characters have been in The Avengers!
One of our favourite categories! Getting ready for a 1950’s themed show can be daunting but a few clever tricks will have you transformed into a ravishing retro Babe or Cool Cat!
Cat-eye’s rhinestone glasses are a perfect finishing touch to any Fifties costume – these come in fire-engine red, blue or black frames with clear glass and cute diamonte accents – check them out in our store!
A Poodle skirt is a popular way to reference the 1950’s theme! These circle skirts are best worn with a heap of petticoats underneath for a full skirt. Don’t forget to cinch in that waist! The belt really does make a difference!
Most circle skirts have a fun 1950’s motif around the hem – from records, to Poodles, to guitars and other cute retro themes.
This vintage circle skirt is a full pleated style in a tri-colour of red, yellow and black with a teeny, tiny waistband!
This gorgeous vintage sunflowers halter dress is a 1950’s style with cinched waist and full skirt……Add matching gloves and a cute headband!
Not strictly a vintage dress, this dotted number is still a cute option for a 1950’s theme. Team with hot pink or red accessories to make it really pop with colour!
A super-cute vintage dress, this is a photo-realistic floral print on amber background and a very simple shape with full skirt. I’ve teamed it with hot pink belt and gloves, vintage beads and a blonde beehive wig.
Don’t panic if you have to go to a Fifties Show! Consider some of the many options past a pink Bomber jacket with some vintage, retro cool!
I think I was born in the wrong era! I’ve always thought they had it right in the Hippy Years, from music, ideology to fashion. One of the best dress up nights you will ever go to is bound to be a Hippy Party!
Hippies range from minidresses, to maxis, from all sorts of materials. Often there are beautiful details like embroidery and extra features on vintage items – the sort of attention to detail rarely seen in our mass produced market of today. Hippy fashion entails all things beautiful and bohemian with the craft of different cultures front and centre.
In fact, I met my beautiful husband at Deb’s 1970’s party (as I’ve blogged before!)……he was wearing a huge afro and I didn’t recognise him when I saw him again a few weeks later!
Hippies are a constant item in our little costume shop. People are always happy to go as a groovy hippy to a 1960’s or 1970’s show. The look is comfy yet eclectic and you are free to express yourself anyway you feel.
From miniskirts to maxi dresses, this era was characterised by freedom and self expression.
Sometimes you just need to take a break from all the “have to do”‘s on your list and just imagine something gorgeous! Today was one of those clean up days. Time to sort some dress making patterns back into their packets, but a great chance to dream! I love having a look through dress making patterns, imagining the material I would use and the changes you could make to make it your own.
This great 1950’s pattern from Vogue features a tailored pencil skirt and matching jacket – so chic!
This gorgeous pattern from the 1960’s features long and shorter formal dresses with a formal coat to match.
From the funky 1970’s, this pant suit could look great in some wild colour combos!
Can’t forget the kids! I love the flared leg overalls but I doubt my darlings will let me inflict a matching set on them – I can dream!
One of my favourite pattern series is the American Designers series from Vogue in the 1970’s. Above is a killer Bill Blass Americana skirt set.
This pant set pattern by Yves Saint Laurent would create a wonderful disco outfit with the right sparkly fabric.
This glamorous maxi-dress design by Bill Blass would look gorgeous with the right fabric to create the flowing effect.
We’ll be adding more pattern photos to build up our reference library over the next little time period. We are currently in a bit of a clean-up phase with lots of costumes being sorted from storage. It’s a busy time of year for us with lots of parties and a lot of bulk orders coming and going.
While it is so busy it is almost impossible for any projects of my own choice. I can only sort my dress making patterns and dream of the creations I could make, given time and space. For now, time to muse!
It’s that time of year again! Time to drag out the Christmas decorations! We start to take Christmas costume bookings thick and fast from this time of year until the last moment! (Trying so hard to be organised this year!) It is a huge job, getting all our Santa suits and helpers cleaned and ready, time to knuckle down before the crazy times really hit. After our last move a lot of our costumes went into storage or to sewing. This means heaps of unpacking and discovering forgotten treasures!
Mother Christmas or Mrs Claus to you!
Most years we have a few requests for Mrs Claus. She steps out in a number of different looks, from what I like to term “Hoochy Coochy” Mother Christmas to more, well, matronly attire! It all depends on the occasion really. A few demure outfits follow, just to ease into this Christmas thing sedately.
I’m on the hunt for cheesy Christmas outfits and a team brave enough to wear them for photos! (I have some victims, ahem, volunteers in mind!!) Stay tuned for further Christmas costume developments!