As noted at the weekend, today is the start of the Chinese New Year, so why not use this theme for a fancy dress party? With the Year of the Rabbit having ended, we now enter the Year of the Dragon, which is supposed to be a year of drama, excitement and bold new beginnings – you might have noticed there are a few celebratory events and the odd sports festival planned for the next twelve months. The Chinese New Year is not universally celebrated across the Orient today – for instance the Japanese New Year actually happens on January 1st, the same as the rest of the Western World – but that’s not going to stop people jumping at the chance to celebrate something. Whilst we are a little short on practical dragon costumes, there are plenty of oriental styles which can work for Westerners: The highly colourful and ornate cheongsam dresses can create a striking impression if you favour the fitted look, whilst there are many two-piece tunic and trouser unisex outfits on the market. The ever-popular kimono is also an option.
Other costumes with a Chinese link include:
- Chinese medicine – wear a Doctor’s coat and a Chinese hat
- Chinese Emperor
- Emperor Penguin – we stock a great penguin novelty costume!
- Princess Jasmine
- Chinese New Year Animal Costume Ideas – see below…
- Wishy Washy
- Chinaman – we stock a great range of Chinese fancy dress accessories
Red and gold are the main theme colours when it comes to the Chinese New Year.