Villain Costume Ideas

Villains come in all shapes and sizes & here at Props & Frocks we have a huge Villain fancy dress ideasrange of Villain costumes to choose from

According to our calendar, Terry Nation was born today in 1930. Although the name may be vaguely familiar, Doctor Who fans will know that this is the man who invented the Daleks. He did many other things, such as devising a whole host of other Doctor Who monsters creating and writing cult space series Blake’s Seven. He also contributed to other series’ such as The Avengers (the John Steed and partner lot, not the recent superheroes), but it is the Daleks he is best known for. Unfortunately, whilst they continue to crop up on the ongoing Doctor Who series’ (last time they had devised a cunning plan to become colour-coded), their costume incarnation has been less successful: Although the costume has evolved a little, like the daleks themselves, the primary incarnation resembled a decorated tent with a sink plunger, with the risk that the ‘victim’ might die of laughter. Oh well, other Scourge of the Universe and villain costumes are available from us here at Props & Frocks


Around The World Fancy Dress Theme

Around The World is our fancy dress theme today as the world gets ready to compete at the London Olympics.

Some of our country costume ideas include:

  • French Maids
  • Venetian eye masks – ideal if you do not want to do too much
  • Australian hat – another easy one to do
  • St. George – wear a knight costume for the patron saint of England
  • Wear a kilt for Scotland
  • Leprechauns for Ireland
  • Skier for any Alpine country
  • Matador, or Flamenco dancer for Spain
  • Canada – wear a Mountie costume
  • North America – a Pilgrim Fathers style costume, or Native Indian
  • Indian – Bollywood style
  • Mexico – what about one of our Mexican ponchos and a sombrero
  • Any Arab country – men wear an Arab Sheik costume, ladies a belly dancer costume
  • Egypt – wear an ancient Egyptian costume
  • Italy – wear a gangster or ancient Rome costume such as a gladiator or Caesar costume
  • Hawaii – an easy costume to put together with our large range of Hawaiian accessories 
  • Japan – Geisha is probably the most popular costume for a lady
  • Jamaican – wear a colourful shirt, dreadlocks and fake weed. Complete the look with a giant spliff

Today is the National Day of Belgium, a country supposed by some to be boring but which has brought us comic-book author Herge and his creation, Tintin the boy detective; Adolph Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and Renee Magritte, the surrealist painter, best known for his floating bowlers hats. The Belgiums are also good at food and drink – their abilities with chocolate are well-known, they also do an interesting line in variations on waffles and go totally over the top when it comes to beers. Not only do they have a wide selection of beers made from a range of unusual ingredients, they also produce a wild and wonderful set of different drinking vessels from which to consume these drinks – some with their own special stands. Obviously not so much a case of being boring, but rather, having quirky hidden depths of creativity. Being the weekend, today is perhaps a good excuse to cultivate your own creativity – with the next few weeks being wall-to-wall sport, you might find yourself having to make your own entertainment.

Goodies & Baddies Fancy Dress Theme

Talking of films (well we were with  yesterday’s fancy dress theme) today sees the generaDark Knight Fancy Dressl release of another much anticipated film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.  In a world where he has been deemed a baddie, Batman returns to protect the city once again.  Batman is always a popular costume when it comes to dressing-up, particularly if there is a Goodies and Baddies or Heroes and Villains theme.  There are a number of costume variations on the Batman look, with many people often citing Del Boy and Rodney’s take on the caped crusader and his side-kick, from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ as one of their favourites.

Whether you are looking for the ‘stretch-knit’ style of costumes from the original TV series of the 1960s; the blue, grey and yellow look from the American animated series of recent years, (where Batman: the Brave and the Bold, teams up with other heroes to fight crime). Alternatively you might want to go with darker look of recent films, which includes the one released today. At Props & Frocks we find that the muscle chest variations on all these looks tend to be the most popular.

This ‘Dark Knight Rises’ also sees the return of Batman’s female nemesis ‘Catwoman’.  Given that compared to the males there are relatively fewer female costumes on the heroes and villains theme, this is one that is likely to attract attention.

Here are some of our Goodie & Baddie costume Ideas…

Here are some of our Baddie costume ideas:

  • Voldermort – Harry Potter
  • Darth Vader
  • Darth Maul, both from Star Wars
  • Cruella de Vil – 101 Dalmations
  • Dr. Hannibal Lector
  • Wicked Queen – Snow White
  • Al Pacino
  • Wicked Witch of The West – Wizard of Oz
  • The Joker – Batman
  • Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare On Elm Street
  • Jason – Friday 13th
  • Scream
  • Jigsaw – Saw movies
  • Dr. No – James Bond
  • Captain Hook
  • Wicked Queen
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Snow Queen
  • Norman Bates (psycho)
  • Dr. Hannibal Lector
  • Alex DeLarge – A Clockwork Orange
  • Terminator
  • Maleficent
  • Devils
  • Bad Fairies / Angels
  • Vampires – Count Dracula
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
  • The Riddler
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Dr. No
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Leatherface
  • Scar – The Lion King
  • Commodus – Gladiator
  • Black Knight – Monty Python
  • Captain Barbossa – Pirates of The Carribean
  • Frankenstein
  • Catwoman
  • Chucky – Child’s Play
  • Dr. Evil
  • Penguin – Batman
  • The Shark – Jaws
  • Martains – The War of The Worlds
  • Goldfinger
  • Brutus – Popeye

Or Real Life baddies, including:Hero Fancy Dress Ideas

  • Convicts
  • Gangsters
  • Jack The Ripper
  • Terrorists
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Gothic
    Osama Bin Laden
  • Various Politicians – depends on who you support
  • Bonnie & Clyde

Goodie Costume Ideas

This is an interesting fancy dress theme as you have the option of looking at film or real life heroes. You could also look at your own personal ‘hero’. Now this may be a famous film star (maybe you always wanted to be Marilyn Monroe?) Or it could even be a teacher from your school days. This is a brilliant costume theme that will give you plenty of scope for a huge variety of costumes.

Film Goodie Costumes

  • Rambo
  • Terminator
  • James Bond
  • Tarzan
  • Highlander
  • John Mclaine (Die Hard)
  • Jackie Chan
  • Lara Croft
  • Indiana Jones – we stock a good range of Indiana Jones costumes & accessories
  • Ellen Ripley (Alien)
  • Frodo Baggins
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Superman
  • Super Girl
  • Batman
  • Robin – why not take a look at all of our superhero costumes?
  • Bat Girl
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spiderman
  • Iron Man
  • Wolverine
  • Trinity
  • Neo – both from The Matrix
  • Princess Leia
  • Mad Max
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Ethan Hunt – Mission Impossible
  • Maverick – Top Gun
  • Obi Wan Kenobi
  • Spartacus
  • William Wallace
  • Zorro
  • Neo – The Matrix
  • Captain James Kirk
  • Woody
  • Buzz Lightyear – take a look at our Toy Story costumes
  • The Hulk
  • Silk Spectre – Watchmen
  • Ellen Ripley – Alien
  • The Bride – Kill Bill
  • Captain Jack Sparrow – he is ‘sort of’ a hero
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Spartacus
  • Robin Hood
  • Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)
  • Tarzan
  • Ben Hur
  • Mad Max
  • Ethan Hunt – Mission Impossible
  • Maverick – Top Gun
  • Harry Potter
  • Dick Whittington
  • Prince Charming
  • Captain America
  • Peter Pan
  • The Men in Black
  • Angels
  • Gods (Roman, Greek, Egyptian, various religions)
  • Santa (Father Christmas)
  • Fairy Godmother

Real Life Goodies…

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • William Wallace
  • Mother Teresa
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Army
  • Police
  • Navy RAF
  • Fireman
  • 1940s War Costumes
  • Monks
  • Joan of Arc
  • Jesus
  • Admiral Nelson
  • Martin Luther King
  • Winston Churchill
  • Florence Nightingale
  • George Washington
  • William Shakespeare
  • Queen Boadicea
  • Captain Scott
  • Charles Darwin
  • Emmilene Pankhurst
  • Isaac Newton
  • Jane Austen
  • Walter Raleigh

When The Ship Went Down Fancy Dress Theme

When The Ship Went Down is one of those tongue in cheek fancy dress themes. Althoughwhen the ship went down fancy dress ideas we understand a ship going down is a terrible event, this costume theme is not designed to offend in any way.

Here are some of our ‘When the Ship Went Down’  Costume suggestions

  • Bed Clothes
  • Black Tie
  • Evening Wear
  • Croupier
  • Gambler
  • Waiter
  • Cleaner
  • Kids Entertainers
  • Band Member
  • Stowaway
  • Captain – take a look at our naval costumes
  • Crew – why not wear a pirate costume – who said it wasn’t a pirate ship?
  • Show girls
  • Singers
  • Cook
  • Taking a shower – wear shorts and a strapless top (for the ladies) underneath a large towel with either a shower cap or towel wrapped around the head. Men can just wear a towel, over shorts around their waist.
  • How about wearing Edwardian costumes as if you had been on the Titanic?

Earlier on this year the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic took place. We are reminded of this, as today marks the birthday of the “unsinkable Molly Brown” who was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867.  If you have seen any of the Titanic films or the stage play, you may already know that “Mrs Brown” or “Maggie” (nee Margaret Tobin) was not only one of the survivors from the Titanic disaster, but also helped nurse the traumatised passengers once abroad the rescue ship, the Carpathia, and raised much needed funds for those less well-off individuals, who had lost everything, when the boat went down. Prior to, and following the sinking, she was also a keen political campaigner for women’s, children’s and workers’ rights, and a key participant in the suffrage movement of the early 1900s.

Speed & Transport Fancy Dress Theme

Today our costume theme is all about speed &  transport: Aside from the fact that the Travel fancy dress ideasApollo 11 astronauts took off on their historic voyage to the Moon today in 1969, Stirling Moss, a name synonymous with racing driving, won his first Formula One race, at the British Grand Prix, which was held at Aintree this day in 1955. Despite his legendary status as a motor-sport driver, Stirling never won the World Championship as Juan Fangio beat him to the title on four occasions. We hesitate to suggest a sport-orientated theme as the next few weeks will see more than enough of it, but Boy Racers and Fast Ladies suggests itself as something which gives scope for improvisation. If you need inspiration outside the obvious racing driver outfits (available for both males and females) take a look at these Speed and Transport Costume Ideas:

  • Chauffeur – wear our chauffeur hat with a dark suit
  • Horse or Horse rider
  • Rodeo Rider – cowboy costumes
  • Astronaut
  • 118 Runners
  • Airline Pilot – RAF Uniforms – Aviator Costumes – Biggles – check out our pilot costumes & accessories
  • Ship’s Captain
  • Starlight Express Character
  • Steam Train Driver
  • Waiter on the Orient Express
  • Swimmer
  • Skier
  • Arab with a camel
  • Witch – with broomstick
  • Space / Time Traveller
  • Star Trek Person – ‘Beam Me Up  Scotty’
  • Superman – he can fly!
  • Iron Man – so can he…


Charity Family Fun Day

The big day has arrived. Yes, our Open Day and Modelling Event is today! We look forward to Props & Frocks Opening Timesseeing you at our premises, here in what we hope will be sunny Essex.  (But sometimes, you can never get the weather to co-operate).

It’s not too late to model today. We are looking for real people to wear our fancy dress costumes. Join in the fun and strut your stuff on the catwalk. Not for you? well pop along anyway, not only will you see the changes in the store (from our appearance on BBC2’s The Fixer) but you will be able to join in with our family fun charity day. With lots of entertainment, food (and even a licensed bar) you can enjoy yourselves from 10am – 4pm

If you are heading off to a fancy dress party this evening (perhaps you might be going to an event with a French theme, given it is Bastille Day) don’t worry we are open for business as usual and we look forward to seeing you. To the uninitiated, it might seem to be a bit of a madhouse today, especially as we have no idea how many people are likely to turn up, but we look forward to helping you with your costume requests, whatever they may be.

Please come and say hello!

Zodiac Fancy Dress Theme

We thought we’d offer you ideas for a Zodiac themed fancy dress party today.Star sign Costume Ideas

Here are some of our Star Sign Costume Ideas:

Aries 21st March 19th April
This is a fire sign , ruled by the planet Mars, ruby is this sign’s stone and the Ram is the symbol. Aries are known to be very adventurous.

Aries Costume Ideas…

  •  Mars – The God of War – wear a Roman/ Greek style warrior costume
  • Ram – we stock a Ram overhead mask
  • Indiana Jones Costumes – famous adventurer
  • Dress all in red.

Taurus – April 20th – May 20th
This is an Earth, ruled by the planet Venus, Symbol of The Bull, Emerald is this sign’s stone
Taurus Costume Ideas:

  • Wear a Mother Earth style costume – natural colours, leaves and other natural things. This is a costume you’d really need to put together at home.
  • The Bull – the nearest we can get is a Bullfighter’s costume
  • Venus – Goddess – ideal for the ladies
  • Dress in green or go as The Wizard of Oz from The Emerald City
Gemini – May 21st – June 20th
This is an air sign, ruled by the planet Mercury. This sign’s Symbol are twins and its gemstone is aquamarine.
Gemini Costume Ideas:
  • Mercury, from Greek Mythology. Wear a Greek / Roman style costume with wings on your feet
  • Get someone to dress identically as yourself so you are ‘twins’. Failing that just get a picture of yourself enlarged and attached to your back.
Cancer June 21st – July 22nd
This is a water sign with The Crab as it’s symbol. Ruled by the Moon, with moonstone as its gemstone
Cancer costume Ideas:
  • Crab costume – not the easiest costume to wear if we are honest!
  • Astronaut costume – all ready for a moon walk
  • Dress as a country that is on The Tropic of Cancer for an ‘out of the box’ costume idea
Leo July 23rd – August 22nd
This is a fire sign, ruled by the Sun with the Lion as its symbol
Costume Ideas for Leo
  • Lion, an obvious costume choice. We do stock lion masks if you do not want to wear a complete costume
  • The Sun, how about a sunflower, or covering yourself with sheets from The Sun newspaper?
Virgo 23rd August – 22nd September
This is an earth sign, ruled by the planet Mercury with The Virgin as its symbol and Sapphire as it gemstone
Virgo Costume Ideas:
  • Wear a Mother Earth style costume – natural colours, leaves and other natural things. This is a costume you’d really need to put together at home.
  • Mercury, from Greek Mythology. Wear a Greek / Roman style costume with wings on your feet
  • Wear a biblical style costume for The Virgin Mary, or dress up like Madonna in ‘Like  Virgin’ video
  • Wear blue all over
Libra 23rd September – 22nd October
This is an air sign, ruled by the planet Venus with Scales as it’s symbol and Opal as it gemstone
Libra Costume Ideas:
  • Venus – Goddess – ideal for the ladies
  • Whoppee Cushion as a joke costume for ‘air’
  • Wear a Judge costume, or a convict, or police costume for a justice style of costume
Scorpio 23rd October – 21st November
This is a water sign, ruled by The planet Pluto, with The Scorpion as its symbol and Topaz as its gemstone
Scorpio Costume Ideas:
  • Pluto – Disney character (Mickey Mouse’s dog). Pluto is now considered a Dwarf planet, so why not dress up as one of the 7 dwarves from Snow White?
  • Anything that lives in water. We do admit that this sign is very hard
Sagittarius  22nd November – 21st December
This is a fire sign, ruked by the Planet Jupiter, with The Archer as its symbol and Turquoise as it gemstone
Sagittarius costume Ideas:
  • Robin Hood, as The Archer
  • Jupiter, according to Greek mythology, Jupiter was The King of The gods so wear a Roman style costume and a crown. Jupiter was also a primary God for the Romans
Capricorn 22nd December – 19th January
This is an earth sign, ruled by The planet Saturn, with The Goat as its symbol and garnet as its gemstone
Capricorn Costume Ideas:

  • Wear a Mother Earth style costume – natural colours, leaves and other natural things. This is a costume you’d really need to put together at home.
  • Dress up as Alf Garnet
  • Wear one of our goat masks
  • Saturn was a Greek God, so wear a Roman/Greek style toga costume
Aquarius 20th January -18th February
This is an air sign, ruled by the planet Uranus, with The Water Bearer as its symbol and amethyst as its gemstone
Aquarius Costume Ideas
  • ‘Age of Aquarius’ adopted by hippies in the 70s, so why not dress up in a hippy costume?
  • And we know that someone will turn up wearing one of our false bottoms!!!!
Pisces 19th February – 20th March
This is a water sign, ruled by the Planet Neptune with fish as its symbol.
Pisces Costume Ideas:
  • Fish costume
  • Neptune, Roman God of the water and the sea, so wear any sea, or nautical costume including sailors & pirate costumes

Whilst we were getting obsessed with Alice (in Wonderland) over the weekend, others of you might have been more interested in ‘Star Signs’ at the London Film and Comic Con event at Olympia. This is one of those occasions were the multitude of fans of fantasy and sci-fi series’ have a chance to meet the stars of said programmes and (at a price) get their autographs and/or have their photos taken with them. Of course these sort of things (autographs, not stars) can be bought over the Internet, but how can you tell they are authentic? Meanwhile, in a variation on the theme, the people who make our photo celebrity masks (you might have used a few during the Jubilee) apparently have a special room displaying their collection of masks which celebrities have signed for them.

If you love dressing up, this coming Saturday you too could receive celebrity status (if only for one day) by coming along to our fun day and becoming a model for the day.