Today, we are having a Beatles Fancy Dress as the next couple of days are important ones in relation to the Beatles – the well-known and popular beat-combo of the 1960s. Whilst Lennon & McCartney first met and started their collaboration in writing songs around this date in 1957, July 6th saw the premiere of the Beatles’ innovative first feature film ‘’A Hard Day’s Night’. Shot in black and white (even though colour was very much ‘the norm’ by then), the film worked around the concept of a normal day in the lads’ lives as they travel to Birmingham to record a TV show. Aside from the Beatles themselves, the film featured other comedy talent of the time and a good number of the tunes now so familiar to us all. With it being Ringo Starr’s 71st birthday tomorrow – he has just launched a tour with a new band – this is obviously a good time for a celebration of the Beatles and/or the 1960s.
So you could go for a standard 60s costume party, and we have a huge selection of 60s fancy dress costumes to choose from, or you could stick to a pure Beatles theme. Now a lot of people do say that this is very limiting, but when you start to look at the Beatles, you do have a lot of choice from song titles to album covers. We give lots of great Beatles costume ideas on this blog
We continue with our 60s fancy dress theme after yesterday’s 60′s trip Stateside with Bob Dylan and the Lost Generation, today we move to celebrate the Swinging Sixties of Britain as typified by Austin Powers, International Spy and Man of Mystery, because his creator, Mike Myers, was born today in 1963. Although Austin has featured in three movies (or four if you count ‘Austinpussy’, featuring Tom Cruise), the original film is the best for Sixties ‘channelling’, starting with an exaggerated Britain of the Swinging Sixties (Psychedelia, Union Jack Jaguar E-Type, Op-Art, Pop and Mini/Micro fashions), through a ‘spot the reference’ game of every spy film ever made (and a few that weren’t). Even the final credits feature a photographic studio sequence in the style of the cult 1966 film ‘Blow Up’, and there is an amazing array of off-beat Nineteen-Sixties costuming ideas even in those few minutes. So today we suggest a celebration of the mad mod Swinging Sixties.
Other 60s Costume Ideas Include:
- James Bond
- The Beatles – take a look at this 60s mod costume
- Mary Quant – wear a black and white mod outfit
- Batman & Robin
- Dad’s Army
- Richard Burton as Marc Antony with Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra
- Lulu – wear a short mini dress
Over the next two days we have two good reasons to celebrate with a 1960s fancy dress party: Today it’s the Sixties of Woodstock, the Summer of Love, Hippies and Protest songs as one of those who wrote the soundtrack to the era, Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, celebrates his 70th birthday – he was born in 1941. One of his best known works was the song ‘The Times They Are A’ Changin’ and during the Sixties they certainly were – new attitudes, new fashions and new technologies culminating in challenges to the Establishment, and, unfortunately outbreaks of violence. Despite this, with the benefit of hindsight, through rose-tinted sun-shades, today we celebrate the heady days of Hippy Flower Power.
There are lots of costume choices available on the market, Props n frocks stocks a great selection of adult hippy costumes and even boys and girl flower power style outfits. This is one costume that you can also put together at home quite easily.
How to put your hippy costume together…
Take some old jeans, just cut up the outside seam to between halfway up your calf and below your knee. Cut out a triangle from a contrasting piece of material (measure how long it needs to be before cutting) and sow the two sloping sides to each side of the cut seam of your jeans. This will give you some instant flares! Decorate with flowers etc. as required.
Find an old tee shirt and decorate with either tie dye, and emblems or flowers. A fabric paint is probably the easiest way of doing this.
There are plenty of hippy accessories on the market to add to your costume to complete the desired effect.
Our hippy accessories include:
- Hippy Kit – includes Glasses, peace medallion and belt/headband
- Hippy Wigs
- Round Glasses
- Flower Power Glasses
- Wacky Weed
- Giant Spliffs
- Peace Medallion & Jewellery Kits