Fancy Dress Ideas: Michael Jackson

Posted: April 17th, 2012 | Author: |

Whilst fans of The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley can offer persuasive arguments about the legacy of their musical heroes in terms of selling power, musical talent, lyrical profundity and political and cultural impact, there is no doubt that the late Michael Jackson belongs at the top table of the greatest musical acts of all time for various reasons.

The Prince of Pop is recognised by Guinness World Records as the most successful entertainer of all time, but he is most fondly remembered for classic tunes such as ‘Billie Jean’ , ‘Beat It’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, and ‘Bad’ which transcended musical genres, his trailblazing music videos including the famous mini-movie feature for ‘Thriller’ and his breathtaking live performances which showcased thrilling choreography and dance moves which seemed to be beyond the conception of mere mortals and to simultaneously defy several previously-accepted rules of nature and

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A Brief Look At 70′s Disco Fashion

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: |

The 1970s was the era when a disco inferno set dance floors alight worldwide and groups such as The Hues Corporation, George McCrae, Carl Douglas, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Village People, Gloria Gaynor, The Jacksons, Barry White and Isaac Hayes had hit after hit, making them worldwide superstars.

Acts such as these made regular appearances on shows such as ‘Soul Train’ in the US and ‘Top of the Pops’ in the UK and every weekend revellers danced their cares away in a fantasy neon disco light bubble in a huge variety of disco clubs which emerged Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: Mirror Mirror

Posted: April 15th, 2012 | Author: |

The recent release of ‘Mirror, Mirror’, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts and directed by Tarsem Singh, has definitely caused a resurgence of interest in the classic fairytale ‘Snow White’. This re-imagining of the classic fairytale casts Lilly Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as her evil stepmother Queen Clementianna and includes a few novel twists and turns in the tale; including new versions of the seven dwarves who are adept thieves and a brilliant Bollywood style ending.

‘Mirror, Mirror’ has performed reasonably well at the box office despite having mixed reviews from critics but it has been roundly praised for its stunning production values and sumptuous costumes. Sadly, costume designer Eiko Ishioka passed away this January but she is already Read More…

Students Invade Spanish Town In Fancy Dress

Posted: April 14th, 2012 | Author: |

The Costa Dorada resort of Salou is home to the annual Saloufest; which is promoted by organisers as ‘the biggest and best university sports tour available for British and Irish University students’ (which to many members of the local citizenry equates to a drunken rampage through the streets after which costumed students leave trails of litter and all sorts of bodily material in their wake!) A group of around 5000 students arrived in the resort at the beginning of the month for the first round of the 5-day carnival after braving a 30 hour coach trip from the UK and roughly another 4000 students will arrive today for the next round.

Whilst some locals berate the outrageous behaviour of students, local supermarket operators and bar owners are more than happy to service their thirst for all things alcoholic and for better or worse Read More…

Titanic Memorial Travellers Dress Up In Period Costumes

Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: |

Over 1300 passengers from 28 countries set sail on Sunday aboard the MS Balmoral for a 12-Day Titanic memorial cruise in which the modern ship will precisely re-trace the ill-fated route of its predecessor which sank tragically exactly 100 years ago. Some of the passengers are direct descendants of the infamous ship’s survivors; such as Philip Littlejohn, grandson of the first class steward of the Titanic Alexander James Littlejohn, hence tour organiser Miles Morgan has insisted that he is especially conscious of the fact that the cruise should be a memorial rather than a celebration and will include on-board lectures, authentic food from the period and respectful memorial services on the 14th and 15th of April, to respectively pay tribute to the moments that the ship hit an iceberg and finally sank.

Of approximately 2,223 passengers on board the ship, only 711 survived and in a cruel testimony to the divisive nature of the contemporary British class system which existed at sea as well as on land, the Third Class contingent suffered the greatest losses; with only 174 survivors from Read More…

Jesus Rises As Batman In Easter Play

Posted: April 11th, 2012 | Author: |

Enthusiastic members of the congregation at Winnipeg’s evangelical Church of the Rock were treated to an alternative version of the familiar seasonal tale of Christ’s Resurrection; as the cast of the play organised by Pastor Mark Hughes dressed as characters from ‘Batman’ with the resurrected Christ represented by none other than the Caped Crusader himself!

Batman’s sidekick Robin also appeared in the slightly surreal performance, as did super-villains The Joker and The Riddler and (at least according to Pastor Hughes!), the Batman mythology provides the perfect modern parable for representing Christ’s Resurrection Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: The Avengers

Posted: April 9th, 2012 | Author: |

Although every self-respecting superhero fan on the planet knows that ‘The Avengers’ is slated for release in the US on May 4th, Facebook fans of the movie have been sent into spasms of Super-heroic delight by the news that they can see special early screenings of the eagerly-anticipated movie on April 14th in Miami, Houston, New York and Chicago, with free admission on a first-come, first-served basis and the imminent announcement of screenings in a further five major cities.


‘The Avengers’ is directed by Joss Whedon and is bursting at its celluloid seams with superheroes such as Iron Man; played by Robert Downey Jr., Thor played by Chris Hemsworth, Captain America; played by Chris Evans, Nick Fury; played by Samuel L. Jackson, The Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo, Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson and Hawkeye played by Jeremy Renner as well as a rumoured cameo appearance by Read More…

A Brief Look At 1920′s Gangster Fashion

Posted: April 8th, 2012 | Author: |

The 1920s was a truly epochal era where powerful and potent jazz music transcended perceived cultural boundaries and spawned dance crazes such as the Charleston; flapper girls shocked white-bread America and the Harlem Renaissance brought a wealth of iconic and profound literature and art as well as music, to the world. However, the ‘Roaring Twenties’ also had a seriously seedy underbelly populated by the pin-striped practitioners of the massive illicit alcohol bootlegging trade which was spurred by the prohibition of alcohol throughout the decade. Many Italian-American and Irish-American criminal gangs vied violently for control of the lucrative trade but one emerged triumphant (and blood-soaked): The Chicago Outfit headed by ‘Scarface’ Al Capone.

Al Capone courted publicity, was the first high-profile gangster and owed much of the attraction of his public persona to his penchant for superbly stylish suits. Al had an extensive collection of expensive suits from Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: Easter Fancy Dress Costumes

Posted: April 7th, 2012 | Author: |

Easter is the most ancient and important Christian festival and of course, celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Originally called ‘Pascha’, the etymology of the term ‘Easter’ is the result of the festival celebrations falling in the month of April, which was known in the Anglo-Saxon period as ‘Eostremonath’. For many of us, this is also a time of year when we can look forward to eating our annual quota of chocolate in a few short days thanks to the delicious Easter eggs which are given as gifts, and also painting real hard-boiled eggs to participate in egg rolling competitions and those of us who paid attention in Sunday School will remember that eggs are a symbol of new beginnings and resurrection as they symbolise the rock over the mouth of the tomb of Jesus which was rolled away to reveal his resurrection.

Furthermore, since hares (or rabbits) are symbols of fertility and Easter falls in the spring season of blossoming and budding, the Easter Bunny is another essential Easter symbol. With Easter just around the corner, perhaps it’s pertinent to take a look at some excellent Easter fancy dress ideas.

If you like the idea of hopping around spreading the Easter spirit of joy and happiness, then you’ll love to dress up as an Read More…

Cops Use Bunny Costume To Enforce Safety Law

Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: |

Motorists driving down Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida last Wednesday were surprised to see a giant Easter Bunny carrying a pink neon sign accompanied by a slightly downtrodden man, both walking along the side of the road and waving to motorists. However, upon closer inspection, the sign bore the legend “Have a safe, hoppy holiday. Buckle Up!’ and this safety message revealed the source of the fancy dress costume escapade.

In fact, the bunny and his companion were West Palm Beach police officers contributing to the ‘Click it or Ticket’ road safety campaign and unbeknown to motorists who were bemusedly smiling and waving, the two were signalling to fellow officer stationed nearby whenever Read More…