Fancy Dress Thief Faces Jail

Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: |

Thankfully, the vast majority of us use fancy dress costumes, props and accessories for their intended purpose of allowing us to escape everyday reality and assume alternative personas during fantastically fun fancy dress parties. However, serial robber Martin Reilly, who was today sentenced to life in jail at Brighton Crown Court for a string of robberies at bookmaker’s shops, used the potential of fancy dress disguises in a far more maleficent manner.

Reilly donned various disguises to hide distinctive facial scarring during robberies all over England with wigs, false beards, moustaches and masks all utilised to deadly effect, but his most iconic disguise was definitely that of a Vegas-era Elvis Presley complete with Read More…

Iconic Movie Costumes Go Under The Hammer

Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: |

Some iconic pieces of Hollywood history went up for sale over the weekend of March 31st- April 1st; in an auction by Beverley Hills based celebrity auction house Julien’s. Amongst the amazing items up for sale were Charlie Chaplin’s bamboo cane, which sold for $42,000, his bowler hat, which was snapped up for $58,000, a Christopher Reeve Superman costume from ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’, and a complete Caped Crusader costume from ‘Batman Returns’ .

Meanwhile, a Catherine Walker gown designed for and worn by Princess Diana was also up for grabs, as was a vintage Christian Dior dress once worn by Princess Grace of Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: Use White Contact Lenses To Perfect That ‘Undead’ Look

Posted: April 2nd, 2012 | Author: |

Coloured contact lenses can add a really dramatic finishing flourish to any fancy dress costume and white contact lenses look particularly stunning, dramatic and uncanny. Of course, it’s worth remembering that these contact lenses are non-prescription and should be used according to the same hygienic guidelines as any contacts in order to protect your eyes, but nevertheless, they can really set your fancy dress costume apart from your party competitors.

For instance, a set of white zombie contact lenses which white out all but the small pupils, are ideal for any outstanding undead costume at a Halloween or horror-themes fancy dress event. Therefore, if you are dressing as a sexy but scary zombie nurse in a tattered and stained Read More…

The Evolution Of The Batsuit

Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: |

Although the TV and cinematic representations of the iconic Batman costume over the years have featured the similar basic elements of the mask, jumpsuit, utility belt and cape, the style of the costume has changed commensurately with the development of the various incarnations of the character. Therefore, it’s interesting to take a look back at the evolution of the Batsuit over the years.

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Fancy Dress Ideas: The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: |

‘The Pirates! : in an adventure with scientists!’ is set to hit cinema screens in the UK on the 28th March and is brought to us by the Aardman Animations team which has been so successful with ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit’. Based on the first book in ‘The Pirates!’ series by Gideon Dafoe, the movie is set at the very beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837 and follows The Pirate Captain’s quest to defeat his salty sea dog rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz in order to win the Pirate of the Year award.

The movie features the vocal talents of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed and David Tennant and features supporting characters such as Charles Darwin, a young (and hot tempered!) Queen Victoria, The Pirate King, The Pirate with  Read More…

Batman Pulled Over By Police

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: |

Montgomery County Police officers on traffic patrol got a super-heroic surprise on March 21st in Silver Spring, Maryland when they pulled over a sleek black Lamborghini for not displaying the appropriate vehicle registration plates. Upon closer inspection, the plates bore an instantly recognisable black bat symbol and when the driver stepped out of his vehicle to converse with the officers, it was none other than the Caped Crusader himself! The enigmatic individual looked impressive in a Dark Knight-era muscle chest Batman suit and was pictured chatting earnestly to his fellow crime fighters. Whoever he is, he must definitely have Bruce Wayne-sized bank account to afford such a superb super-car!

You’ll have to save up for a Lamborghini yourself unless you’re lucky enough to have one already, but if you fancy dressing up in a similar suit, then you should grab a Batman Supreme Read More…

The Only Way Is Essex Gets A Fancy Dress Finale

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: |

Fans of the dramality show The Only Way is Essex have been thrilled by pictures sneaked from the set of the series 4 finale which show TOWIE stars James ‘Arg’ Argent and James ‘Diags’ Bennewith in marvellous medieval costumes for what promises to be a spectacular costume party denouement. It is also rumoured that the finale may feature a Mario Falcone proposal and a fight between Ricky Rayment and Joey Essex but Arg and Diags’ stunning costumes certainly merit closer inspections for fancy dress fans.

Arg looks a little bit like an oversized altar-boy in his medieval costume which features a luxuriant royal blue velvet apron with gold brocade detailing around the edges, a stunning gold heraldic cross on the chest and wonderful white ruffled collar and matching lacy white cuffs. However, his black culottes and white socks are matched rather incongruously with > a pair of military Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: Summer Music Festivals

Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Author: |

With summer festival season just around the corner and the impressive line-ups for the Reading/Leeds, Isle of Wight and T in the Park festivals already announced, a multitude of music fans who have been lucky enough to bag tickets are already salivating over the prospect of seeing their favourite artists in living colour and enjoying the powerful cultural vibrations of some of the most famous musical celebrations in the world.

With Glastonbury experiencing a temporary hiatus due to the logistical demands of the Olympics, rival festivals have also aimed to capitalise on the opportunity to attract even more Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: London Marathon 2012

Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: |

The 2012 London Marathon will take place on 22nd April and will attract thousands of entrants from around the world, some of whom are elite athletes looking to win the race or at least improve on their personal best times and rankings. Many others will attempt the course as a personal challenge or to raise cash for their favourite charities. Although live crowds and millions of TV viewers worldwide have been thrilled to watch skilled competitors such as Paula Radcliffe, Emmanuel Mutai and Wheelchair Race record holders such as Kurt Fearnley and Amanda McGrory battle against fellow competitors to the limits of mental and physical endurance, it is often the determination and dedication of charity competitors who sometimes wear outrageous costumes in order to further publicise their noble courses, which captures the imagination most vividly.

The London Marathon has been held since 1981 and currently around 80% of Read More…

Fancy Dress Ideas: The Diamond Jubilee

Posted: March 18th, 2012 | Author: |

As well as the London Olympics, 2012 is also the year of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and thus the nation is set for a packed calendar of celebratory events; the centrepieces of which will be the Big Jubilee Lunches to be held in communities nationwide on Saturday 3rd June and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the same day. On this momentous day the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will cruise the Thames in a specially constructed royal barge at the head of a fantastic flotilla of 1,000 vessels from the UK, The Commonwealth and around the world.

Furthermore, on Sunday 4th June the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace promises a memorable programme of music and in the evening a network of 2012 beacons will be lit across the nation and throughout the Commonwealth to mark this historic occasion. Of course, as The Queen is Head of State of 15 Commonwealth Realms as well as the UK, in 2012 each of these Read More…