With money tight for many, dressing up as a celebrity, and wearing one of our brilliant
One of our celebrity masks
famous people masks is a great, and cheap, fancy dress option.
Many of you will have celebrated the anniversary of Guy Fawkes at the weekend, but even so, tonight, up and down the country, there will be plenty of coloured lights in the sky and big bangs to cause havoc amongst pets. With certain local exceptions, asking for a “Penny for the Guy” now tends to have been replaced by Trick or Treat at Halloween, and in recent years we have found that many people choose to combine Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in one main celebration.
During the past year or so, you may recall there was a proliferation of Guy Fawkes masks based on the cult film ‘V for Vendetta’, the mask being ‘adopted’ by several anti-establishment protest groups. But this is not the only mask that has been proving popular this year. Our celebrity face masks have been selling like the proverbial hot-cakes as people choose to have celebrities come to their party (or sometimes buy extras to make sure the guests who do not dress up actually participate!). Although Halloween may be over for this year, there are also many Halloween masks that are suitable for other events, particularly those with a Movies theme. These include named characters such as Beetlejuice, Phantom of the Opera, Pinhead (Hellraiser series) and Billy the Puppet (Saw series), or generic ones such as Werewolves, Wizards and Zombies. Why not take a look through our comprehensive range of masks (in alphabetical order for your convenience) and see what takes your fancy?
Want to dress up as a famous person? Not got a lot of money to spend? Take a look at
Bruce Forsyth – just one of many famous people masks we stock
our range of cheap celebrity masks
One of the interesting things about costumes and fancy dress is the transitory nature of some of our requests. This particularly applies when it comes to people wanting to dress as celebrities, who can be popular one minute and out of favour the next. This could apply to any number of people, from sports stars, movie stars, pop stars, etc., to people who are famous for just being famous. When it comes to creating a ‘celebrity look’ it’s not all about the costume.
If you want people to know who you are meant to be, having a ‘face that fits’, certainly helps. That’s where we come in. Aside from our fantastic range of big headed character costumes in stock, we also have celebrity and famous people masks. As these are constantly changing (and being added to) it is difficult to identify them all, but needless to say if you are looking for a particular character then why not contact us at Props & Frocks?
Today is a chance to become someone who you’ve always wanted to be with our ‘Alter Ego’ Fancy dress theme. If we are being honest, every time you wear a fancy dress outfit, you are becoming an ‘alter ego’. It is really interesting how just be dressing up as someone, or something else, your inhibitions fall away and even the most shy person becomes someone else for a short time. A lot of our very famous actors are actually very shy, which can be difficult to understand.
With the choices of voice overs (see further down this post) you have the chance to dress up anything you want to with this costume theme. One of the easiest ways to be someone famous, and keep to a very small budget is to wear one of our famous people masks. We stock over 50 various famous people cardboard masks so whatever your age, likes or dislikes, we’ll have a cheap famous person mask that will be suitable for you.
Today in 1989 Mel Blanc passed away. Like radio personalities, you might not know the name but you would certainly recognise his work – he was most famous for being the voice behind numerous cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Tweety Pie. Unfortunately, such specialist voice artists are becoming a rare breed as there has been an increasing inclination to have celebrities doing the voices in animations and cartoons. Some trace this trend back to when Disney gave Robin Williams the chance to voice the Genie in their animation of the Aladdin story, and his ad-lib wise-cracking was such that it helped contribute to the film’s success.
These days almost every A-lister (and others) have had a go – it is well-paid work requiring little rehearsal and no messing with costume and make-up, and their name helps sell the film. It also leads to some interesting potential when it comes to off-the-wall portrayal of film stars at Movie theme parties. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz from Toy Story are well enough known but what about John Travolta as a film-star Dog (Bolt), Angelina Jolie as a Tigress (Kung Fu Panda), or Johnny Depp as a Chameleon (Rango)? It even works with some musical/pop stars, Katy Perry as Smurfette (The Smurfs) and Ozzy Osbourne as Fawn (Gnomeo & Juliet). Our suggested theme of the day is ‘Alter-ego’.
Are you looking for a famous person fancy dress costume? There are some stars whose very name conjures up iconic images, whether from TV, music or films. If we were to mention that Tom Cruise is 50 today (born Syracuse, New York) what costumed image would immediately spring to mind? One of the most obvious might possibly be Maverick from the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’. Take a look at our Aviator costume, it is ideal for this character. Alternatively, as the film ‘Rock of Ages’ is still doing the rounds, you might consider a take-off of his role as eighties rockstar Stacee Jaxx. Then there is his ‘Austin Powers’ impression in the ‘Austinpussy’ segment of the Goldmember film, or what about taking the historical route and reprising his role as Lestat de Lioncourt in the 1996 film ‘Interview with a Vampire’. Whatever image you are looking for we cannot claim to make you look like Tom Cruise (although perhaps we can, considering there is now a new Tom Cruise character mask on the market) but we do have suitable costumes for all the above personifications and look forward to helping you out here at Props & Frocks.
Some Tom Cruise films that may give you some costume inspiration:
- Risky Business – an easy costume, just wear black glasses, white shirt and socks, suit
- Legend – Gold chain mail effect tabard and brown boots
- Top Gun – the iconic aviator costume
- Far & Away – Victorian costume
- A Few Good Men – Naval
- Interview With The Vampire – Georgian style costumes
- Eyes Wide Shut – Venetian masks and dark capes
- The Last Samurai – Japanese Costumes
Our fancy dress theme today was a bit problematic as it was difficult to tie in a suitable theme. We have quite a few celebrities celebrating a birthday today, so we decided to have a Famous People fancy Dress theme
Amongst those celebrating today are Grace Jones (the singer and model who famously attacked chat-show host Russell Harty for ignoring her), Pete Townshend of The Who, and Lily Cole, a red-headed model famous for her waif-like look and developing acting career (she was in the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and featured as a Siren in the Dr Who episode ‘Curse of the Black Spot’ a week or so ago). Yet today, we also have the strange case of the birthday that wasn’t: On this day in 1962 Marilyn Monroe performed her famous rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, the problem being that it wasn’t actually his birthday until ten days later. Nonetheless the president commented ‘He could now retire from politics having had Happy Birthday sung in such a sweet way’. Incidentally, the song ‘Happy Birthday’ will next year celebrate its centenary of first appearing in print – we will doubtless be mentioning the fact at the appropriate time.
Famous people is a huge theme with countless costuming possibilities, some areas that you may want to look at for your fancy dress outfits are:
- Pop Stars, we stock a huge range of pop star costumes from Cheryl Cole, Boy George, Madonna, Freddy Mercury, Adam Ant, Abba, The Beatles to name just a few
- Movie Stars, again a theme in it’s own right, take a look at this blog with loads of movie star costume ideas. It is always a good idea to wear a costume that the movie star wore in a film. For example you could wear a naval officer for Richard Gere from An Officer & a Gentleman’.
- Politicians, we stock many of the British & American leaders
- Television Stars – Take a look at our Del Boy & Rodney Masks
- Kings & Queens
- Historical Figures such as William Shakespeare, Caesar or Cleopatra
Today, we celebrate Gods & Goddesses of The Silver Screen’ as our fancy dress theme. Yesterday (9th) we celebrated the
Ladies Goddess Costume
birthday of Dame Judi Dench, and today we move on to celebrate the anniversary of another great British actor and, latterly, director, Kenneth Branagh. Some would say that he has followed in the footsteps of Olivier in popularising Shakespeare, creating a number of new ways to present the Bard’s work on film. Most recently, however he has been working to bring the Marvel comic character (and all-round great Norse legend) Thor to the Big Screen, in a film due to premiere next year. Our theme suggestion for today is Gods and Goddesses of the Silver Screen. You can take this either literally – there have been plenty of films portraying the gods and goddesses of Myth and Legend, or use it as an opportunity to portray one of the great movie star icons. The choice is yours, and naturally we have the costumes. You can even look towards Roman and Greek Gods, or Gods from various religions.
Roman costumes are always a good start for a traditional God like costume, why not check out our blog on Hollywood Greats which will give you some more costume ideas.
Naval Officer Costume
‘Hollywood Greats’ is today’s fancy dress theme suggestion… Today we do give a damn as we celebrate the life of Clark Gable, who died of heart failure on November 16th 1960 – fifty years ago. Gable is probably best known nowadays for his classic performance as Rhett Butler in ‘Gone With The Wind’, but in his day some called him ‘The King of Hollywood’ and he was one of the top ten greatest actors of all time. He named Joan Crawford as his favourite actress, but he worked with most of the Hollywood Greats during his screen career. His last film was ‘The Misfits’ in 1960, the same movie in which Marilyn Monroe also made her final screen appearance. In his honour today’s theme is ‘Hollywood Greats’.
This costume theme will no doubt bring a touch of glamour and glitz to your fancy dress party. The ladies will enjoy dressing up to the nines and the men have the option of dressing in costume (based on a film stars famous film roles) or a dinner jacket, as if attending a red carpet event.
Obviously, we do not need to give you any guidance when it comes to evening gowns and dinner jackets, but we can offer some costume suggestions that would be suitable for this great fancy dress theme…
- Tom Cruise – Wear an aviator costume - Top Gun
- Richard Gere – Wear a white naval officer costume – Officer & a Gentleman
- Vivien Leigh – Wear a Scarlett O’Hara costume - Gone With The Wind
- Marilyn Monroe – Choose between the white halterneck dress or the pink ‘Happy Birthday’ costume
- Audrey Hepburn – Wear a black evening dress – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Elizabeth Taylor – Cleopatra Costume
- Richard Burton – Roman Man Costume – Mark Antony