Fashion is our fancy dress theme for today…
It’s a great theme for a costume party as it gives you so many costume options. Look back at any era you want and see what was being worn then. You can even go back and look at Tudor costumes, what were the court wearing, what about the poor peasants as well? Or why not closer to home…
The 1920s – Girls cut their hair short, for the first time and raised their hemlines to their knees – shocking the rest of the population with their antics.
The 1940s – With rationing many wore their uniforms for best
The 1950s – the start of the Rock and Roll ear, full circle skirts, teddy boy costumes – think Grease
The 1960s – The era of the mini dress and mods, think Mary Quant
The 1970s – Punk took over with hippies and Glam Rock giving lots of costume options
The 1980s – Shell Suits, large shoulder pads, New Romantics and BIG hair!!!
To get more detailed information on any given era for lots more costume ideas, take a look at our costume Ideas and theme section, it will give you all the information you could ever want
This costume theme also gives those of you who just don’t do dressing up a chance to dress like a fashionista with dark glasses, immaculate hair, high heels (not the men!) and designer gear.
So busy talking about alpine fashion yesterday, we neglected to mention it was also New York fashion designer’s Calvin Klein’s 70th birthday. Calvin Klein is, of course, a noted fashion brand and branding is becoming ever more important these days. Ordinary clothing will not suffice – it has to be a particular make or style, hence the concept of brand loyalty. In the costume field this concept tends to show itself in requests for specific character costumes as opposed to ‘generics’. We have discussed on several previous occasions some of the problems with character licensing, so we won’t go over old ground but the next challenge is to ensure the outfit comes up to expectations; The whole concept of wearing a costume takes many people out of their comfort zone for a start – arguably females may have less of a problem because many tend to experiment more with changes of looks and styles on a day-to-day basis. Nonetheless, most people have an idea of how they want a costume to look (or rather, how they want to look in it) and, subject to design elements and physical constraints (“This dwarf costume doesn’t make me look short enough”), we at Props & Frocks will do our best to help you achieve the look you want.