Fancy Dress Ideas: Royal Family Masks

Posted: April 25th, 2012 | Author: |

The recent Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has seen a surge in support and interest for the British Monarchy. With the Royal Family more accessible to the public than at any other time, the British public and foreigners alike are intrigued to discover more about the traditions and history that surround the Windsor name.

With the Diamond Jubilee fast approaching as well as constant press releases announcing exciting celebrations including the provision of a Jubilee barge and a Diamond Jubilee Pageant now would seem like a perfect time to start thinking about what you will want to do in this Royal Read More…

Miss Scotland Finalists Run In Fancy Dress

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: |

Miss Scotland finalists donned fancy dress earlier this week to run the final mile of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Edinburgh. The charity event which took place over the weekend takes place all over the world with over half a million participants each year. The Edinburgh event raised money for a host of charities including the Make a Wish Foundation charity, Alzheimer Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland among others.

The Miss Scotland Finalists wore a bright and fancy range of outfits assimilating rock stars from several decades including Madonna and rock legends KISS. Current Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch was there to cheer along the current finalists who were raising money for the Miss Scotland Tiara Appeal. The appeal set up by Jennifer has pledged to raise £100,000 for clinical trials by conquering Kilimanjaro earlier this year. She has received support from a host of celebrities Read More…

The Great British Police Uniform

Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: |

British Police Uniform is globally recognisable and has a long history. An iconic image associated with Britain for centuries – from the traditional dark blue tunic and custodian helmet emblazoned with the Brunswick star to the modern day hi-visibility officers with utility belt and utility belt – the uniform has seen a transformation that has continued to be recognisable.

From the early 1800s, the British Police wore dark blue tails and top hat. This style of uniform is known as Peeler’s uniform. With white gloves, shiny black shoes and collar and cuffs decorated in white or silver stitching, the uniforms certainly look Dickensian in style. The tall top hat gave an air of superiority and this style of uniform continued later in to the 1800s. In the early 1830s, the Metropolitan Police uniform was adjusted to include a high collar on the tail coat – an addition aimed at protecting against ‘garroting’- the practice of silent

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A Brief Look At Dog Fancy Dress

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: |

Britain is undoubtedly a nation of pet lovers. With a human population of 62 million, the 27 million pets that the UK boasts highlights the popularity of pets. Of these 27 million animals, a huge 7.3 million are dogs, making them the most popular choice amongst British citizens. In light of this, it is hardly surprising that the pet goods industry has been rapidly expanding year on year. With 39% of London pet owners feeling a need for companionship, despite the huge amount of fellow Londoners in close proximity, it was inevitable that the fancy dress sector would branch out to include our furry friends.

Now, U.S. dog accessories company Doggie Vogue has branched out and begun producing fancy dress costumes for your four-legged friend. While the company already produced a large variety of accessories such as collars, toys and treats, they now provide a large array of quirky and fun dog fancy dress costumes. Costumes range from Santa hats and Read More…

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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Students Complete Record 10k Athletics Race Dressed As Camel

Posted: April 17th, 2012 | Author: |

Two students from the University of Manchester have set a Guinness World Record after competing in the Isle of Man Easter Athletics Festival. Laurie Luscombe and Rob Szczepaniak-Slone of Liverpool and Canterbury respectively, who attend the same University and study on a PGCE course completed the run in 40 minutes and 18 seconds, beating the previous record by 16 seconds. What makes the achievement most impressive is that the pair were dressed in a camel costume meaning that one of the pair formed the head of the camel and the other the rear end!

The idea which originated in the pub saw the pair endure hot and sweaty conditions as well as struggling to see the course as they sped to the finish. The camel costume, consisting of orange coloured skin covered the pair from head to toe with the rear end runner having to run in a compromising position seeing as they don’t share the same qualities as a camel for heat reduction and stamina. Luckily for the pair, they powered to the end in record time. The pair were congratulated and presented with their achievement by veteran Read More…

Alan Davies Causes Upset With Fancy Dress Tweet

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: |

Comedian Alan Davies has caused widespread upset after making comments about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The comedian has further upset Liverpool fans and players by tweeting that he should go out in Scouser fancy dress costume to avoid being recognised in light of his comments.

Davies was appearing on a podcast discussing upcoming football fixtures and had argued that it was unfair that Liverpool should be allowed to opt out of playing on April 15th – the anniversary of the 1989 tragedy. Arguing that the arrangement was unfair on clubs such as Chelsea. Arsenal supporter Davies went on to argue that other clubs have continued to play on dates that were anniversaries of tragedies. Manchester United’s decision to play on the anniversary of the Munich Air Crash being one example he gave.

The Hillsborough disaster saw the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans and hundreds more Read More…

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…