Good luck to all of you getting involved in this year’s Great Gorilla Run in London today. It’s
Our very own Rhys & Ellis at The Great Gorilla run 2011
probably a bit late to enter now (don’t blame us, we told you about this last month!) but if you are in the City of London/Bankside area, the participants would probably appreciate your support (and spare change). Why not wear a gorilla mask to show your support of this very good charity?
Given that the first British TV advert appeared on this day in 1955 and that the Cadbury’s Drumming Gorilla became an advertising legend a year or so back (even if no-one could work out what it had to do with chocolate), we thought we would work on an Advertising Character theme today. Aside from the afore mentioned Gorilla (take a small drum kit), there are outfits for a number of ‘ad personalities’ on the market – the 118 runners, Bertie Basset (aka ‘Sweetie Man’), the Green Cross Code Man, the Sheila’s Wheels girls and a Peperami outfit are amongst those available.
Here are some other potential Advert Costume Ideas for you to think about…
- Thunderbirds – Spec Savers
- Robin Hood & Sheriff Of Nottingham – Go Compare
- Cowboy Costume – Milky Bar Kid
- Panda – Fox’s Biscuits
- Polar Bear – Fox’s Glacier Mint
- Fox – Foxy Bingo – we stock a lovely fox overhead mask
- Monkey – Coco Pops, and if we are led to believe it, soon to be taken over by Jedward!
- Dinner Suit – Milk Tray Man
- Mr T – Snickers
- Postman Pat – Spec Savers
- Shrek – Sky
- Dragon – Listermint
- Bo Peep – Crunchie
- Lone Ranger / Indian (Tonto) – Rolo
- Skeleton – Scotch Video
- Sailors – Persil
- Penguin – Penguin Biscuits
- Biggles style costume – Mr Sheen (polish)
- Jester/ Minstrel – Minstrels
- Frog – Budweiser – many adverts use animals so why not take a look at wide range of animal masks?
- Bear – Hofmeister Beer
- Tiger – Shell ’Tiger in your tank’
- Bear – John West Salmon
- Black Cat – Felix – take a look at our cat accessories
- Black Horse – Lloyds
- Robin Hood – Strong Bow
- Cows – Cravendale Milk (can also use a cat costume)
- Devil & Angel – Kit Kat
- Cow wearing a crown or a King Costume- Burger King
We mentioned this a few weeks ago and now it is almost upon us: Next Saturday
Our Very own Santa & Angel Gorillas…
September 22nd, sees the Great Gorilla Run through the streets of London, an event originally set up in 2009 to highlight the plight of gorillas living in Africa.
For some, just running in a standard gorilla costume is getting to be a bit passé these days, so runners often have their own form of fancy dress, on top of their gorilla outfit. Thinking about last year, when we helped kit out some of the participants (including ourselves) we were reminded of some of the great ideas coming through. Some ‘gorillas’ were accessorising with t-shirts, tutus, wings, bandanas, glasses, hats, etc, whilst others had really gone to town and wore full-blown costumes on top of their fur based suits. We saw Mexican ponchos, tennis players and even a gorilla pushing a shopping trolley. Others were carrying all manner of items, with inflatable bananas proving particularly popular. We have seen the gorilla carrying a hunter in the cage before, but one gorilla was obviously doing his King Kong impression, by carrying a model of the Empire State Building around the course. And of course, our own intrepid duo, Rhys & Ellis, dressed up as Santa and an angel as part of BBC2′s The Fixer programme (see image).
If you are getting involved, we hope you have a good day and if we can help with any accessories, costumes, please let us know.
Dressing up is fun & you can raise extra money by wearing a fancy dress for charity events, which is why so much fundraising involves wearing a fancy dress costume. Now some charities take this a little further than others…
As we stand on the eve of several weeks’ display of stamina and athletic achievement, it is time to give an early call to a future event close to our hearts which we were involved in last year, during our makeover with Alex Polizzi. The Great Gorilla Run of 2012 (the image shows Rhys & Ellis at last year’s run for The Fixer) is being held on Saturday 22nd September in London. The basic idea is that you tackle a 7km course whilst dressed as a gorilla! Some people are not content with just the basic gorilla outfit (which is enough of a challenge) but enhance it by having their gorilla wearing costume (although there are prizes at stake here). It is not a race as such, because fundraising is the main object of the exercise but there is much fun to be had. It is also an opportunity to contribute to one of the more unusual sporting events to be held in London (although the Beach Volley-Ball at Horse Guards Parade may run it close this year). Information on the run can be found at greatgorillarun.org or on 0207 916 4974, and of course here at Props & Frocks we will be pleased to help kit you out.