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…

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…

Darth Vader Impersonator’s Intergalactic Struggle With A Boy Band

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: |

A somewhat surreal intergalactic struggle has developed between Darth Vader and popular boy band One Direction after underhanded events at Chris Moyles’ celebrity-studded 38th birthday party last month. It has emerged that One Direction star Zayn Malik had the temerity to ‘borrow’ the black gauntlet gloves of top Peterborough based Darth Vader impersonator Jeff Ives and even happily posed for pictures wearing the gloves, much to the chagrin of the Sith Lord of the Dark Side!

Ives did not notice that the gloves were missing until a subsequent appearance at Legoland; where he luckily avoided disappointing fans by donning a spare pair of gloves and was enraged when he realised that his powerful persona had almost been compromised by the 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…

A Brief Look At The Crystal City Popeye Statue

Posted: April 1st, 2012 | Author: |

If you find yourself in the Lone Star State on holiday, then it is worth heading into the spinach growing heartlands of Crystal City, Texas to see the colourful fibreglass statue of Popeye the sailor man which stands outside the City Hall. This shiny fibreglass statue is actually a reproduction of a more valuable version stored within the hallowed halls of the building in order to protect it from vandalism or weather damage and depicts Popeye adjusting the pipe in his mouth with a trademark facial grimace and includes his bulging forearms and his iconic suit featuring blue bell bottom trousers, black shirt, red sailor necktie and blue sailor hat.

Meanwhile, the plaque at the bottom of the statue also bears the signature of Popeye creator E.C. Segar of Chester, Illinois, who despite earning a hefty $400,000 annually from 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…