1980s a becoming one of our most popular fancy dress costume themes. The choice of 80′s costumes is growing all the time, giving you,the customer, so much more of a range to choose from.
When you look back to the 1980s, one of the things that you will remember is big hair and big shoulder pads , for the ladies, and the men wearing make up and asymmetrical haircuts (why did our parents let us out looking like this, we’ll probably never know!). Other common fashion trends were ra-ra skirts and gypsy skirts, with the shell suit a far too common a site on every high street! Dance wear was all the rage, taking the lead from Fame, so neon, leotards, leggings and leg warmers were also the things to be wearing.
So back to our actual costumes, our most popular 80s costumes are:
- Adam Ant
- Boy George
- Cyndi Lauper
- Punks (carrying on from the 70s)
- Freddy Krueger
- Michael Jackson
- Freddy Mercury
Some of our other blog posts have some great 80s fancy dress ideas.
One hundred and one years ago today, in France, ‘modern’ neon tube lighting was demonstrated for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. Its inventor, Georges Claude, maintained a virtual monopoly on this process of lighting a gas with electricity and neon lighting was something of a status symbol for businesses, especially in America in the 1930s/40s. Although neon still has its place, it has been superseded by other, more modern lighting technologies and yet in the costuming field it is still popular.
For a start, the 1980s continues to be a popular theme trend, and a part of that is the Jane Fonda-style workout wear and the club-wear in bright neon colours – leotards, vests, gloves, socks etc. And whilst we’re talking about the club scene, day-glo ‘neon’ make-up and body-paint continues to be popular. This make-up in bright colours works well in any normal face/body-paint design anyway, but really comes into its own when worn under Ultra-Violet lighting – and even if your venue has not got UV, it is possible to find portable UV torches which mean you can create your own personal UV environment, in which to create a glowing impression.