We often get customers in the fancy dress shop, (or on the phone or email) asking us for a Dickensian costume, but getting confused as to what ‘Dickensian’ actually is. The easiest answer is Victorian and any of our large range of Victorian costumes would suffice for this theme, always very popular at this time of the year.
Looking at Charles Dickens books, some of the most popular characters include:
- Mr Pickwick
- Bob Cratchett
- Captain Cuttle
- David Copperfield
- Miss Haversham – wear an old wedding dress
- Oliver Twist
- The Artful Dodger
- Mr Bumble
- Bill Sykes
- Wackford Squeers – wear a headteacher’s gown and mortar board (1 eyed character)
It was upon this day in 1843, that the classic festive favourite by Charles Dickens – ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published. Unusual in that it has ‘staves’ instead of chapters, for many, the book is an integral part of the Festive season. As we have mentioned previously, February 2012 sees the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, and although celebrations are being planned for next year, the BBC and others are taking the opportunity to hop on the band-wagon early with some Dickensian productions over the Christmas period: Elsewhere, in the alternate universe that is comic books and graphic novels, there is a new Batman/Dark Knight story ‘Batman Noel’ based on the Christmas Carol concept with the ‘loner’ Batman beset with recrimination and troublesome spirits played by the Joker, Catwoman and Superman.