Props & Frocks stocks a large range of masquerade masks for both men and women. But
Look what you can do with a Props & Frocks Mask
we have just had the amazing Shaun, from Flowowers come into the shop to show us what he achieved with one of our ladies eyemasks.
Shaun produces the most amazing floral displays that you will ever see, so if you are needing something that little bit different, please checkout his website www.flowowers.co.uk or call him on 01268 545856
Did you see the fantastic images of the start of the Venetian Carnival on the television this
morning? The costumes, and masquerade masks are fantastic & it is lovely to see all the crowds dressed up joining in the fun.
Carnival, on the continent, is huge but what better way to brighten up an otherwise wet and dull January evening with a Masquerade event at home. The wearing of masks was originally done to allow all classes to mix freely with each other, and that is one of the joys of any themed event, it breaks down our natural barriers of talking to new people. Anyone who has hosted, or attended, a fancy dress party will agree that you chat to everyone and the entire evening is full of laughter.
Hosting a masked ball is easy for both you, and your guests. They can wear their own clothing with the addition of one of our fantastic eyemasks, and you will be surprised at how good value they are. You will get al the benefits of a full blown fancy dress party without having to spend a lot on your masked ball masks
Props & Frocks stock a wide range of masks from those that are fixed to a stick that you can hold up to your face, masks that are secured on a headband, or elastic and a new range of eye masks that are fixed with arms, just like glasses. Whatever your choice, Props & Frocks stocks a masquerade eyemask that you will love.
May is a very popular time for masquerade balls, giving men & women the chance to dress up & wear one of our beautiful masquerade eyemasks.
Props & Frocks stocks a huge range of eyemasks with designs for the ladies as well as the men.
Eye masks are secured either with elastic (as this image) or on a headband. We also stock a wide range of masks on a stick that you hold up to your face.
Feather eyemasks remain very popular but the flash may make them look a slightly different colour on our website images. If the feather colour is extremely important, please contact one of our team who will advise what the feather colours are.
Today is the birthday of Noel Fielding, one of the team which created ‘The Mighty Boosh’ comedy series and, more recently, the eponymous ‘Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy’. He is also known for his work on the TV music quiz ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’. A notable feature of his work is the surreal quality of both the humour and the characters he has created. The ability to create wild and wacky costumes and characters is part of the whole fancy dress experience and at Props & Frocks we applaud anyone starting from scratch and assembling their own unique design. Sometimes it can be difficult to find all the accessories and props you might need. Our website cannot showcase all the thousands of products we hold, so if you want the complete experience, why not visit us here at Battlesbridge, Essex?
Not so long ago we only sold masquerade masks for New Year Eve’s events, but now they sell all year round. Now, this may be because we do not get many opportunities now to really dress up, with most dress codes being ‘smart casual’ so it makes a nice change to have a glamorous evening.
There is a huge range of eyemasks to choose from, from really extravagant feathered masks, to more simple eye masks, and even ones that you can decorate yourself to get a totally unique look.
Most masks, for a masked ball, are secured by 3 different methods:
- A stick that is secured to one side of the mask, you hold the mask up in front of your face
- Elastic, that secures around the back of your head (and tend to be the cheaper ones)
- Headband. The headband masks give you the chance to wear the mask on your face, but also to lift it up higher inorder to eat and drink.
As the majority of our masquerade masks are really good value for money, it may also be this that is keeping this fancy dress trend growing more and more popular.
Today in 1976 saw the first Apple computer, but far from the sleek Macs and iPods/iPads of today which are its successors, this was a self-assembly do-it-yourself creation which nonetheless sold exceptionally well. Although it is still theoretically possible to build your own computer (or at least customise its component elements to suit your needs), most people do not have the time and/or enthusiasm and much the same can be said when it comes to costumes. Whether you choose to hire or buy a costume is very much up to you (Are you likely to wear it again? Do you want the hassle of taking it back? Do you want a costume that reflects your personality? Do you want to be someone totally different?)). When it comes to choices, these questions are part and parcel (literally) of our business. If you are not in the local area, you can always take advantage of our mailing service.
We advocate a Masquerade, or carnival themed fancy dress event as today in 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed in New Orleans. This is nothing to do with Christmas shopping, but the agreement under which France sold its rights to certain territories in North America. The name suggests that this was just about Louisiana, but in fact the transaction took in all or part of what are now fifteen American states and a couple of parts of Canada – the ‘United States’ virtually doubled in size overnight! Nonetheless, New Orleans was central to the deal in more ways than one, and the city still retains evidence of its French roots as well as being regarded as the birth-place of Jazz: Its unique style of ‘Dixieland’ jazz derives from ‘the Land of the Dix’, the nickname for the French ten dollar bill. New Orleans is also known for its celebrations of carnival and Mardi Gras. The post-Christmas period marks the start of preparations for the carnivals to come, so why not make masked carnival the basis of some festive or New Year celebrations?
We stock a vast range of masks for a masked ball suitable for men and women. The actual theme if ‘carnival’ is open to your own interpretation. On the continent, Carnival is celebrated by wearing any fancy dress costume you could think of, and when you think of all the costumes people wear for a traditional carnival procession in the UK, the costume choice is dependant on the theme of each individual float. So unless you want to go out wearing little more than a glitzy swimming costume with plumes of feathers, you can choose anything bright and colourful for this costume theme – we are sorry we cannot be more specific for this one!
Our costume theme today is ‘behind the mask’
In was on this day in 1895 that one Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was experimenting with some electricity and discovered X-rays (you have seen the effect demonstrated in cartoons whenever a character touches a live wire or electric fence). Since then these rays have proved exceptionally useful in all sorts of fields, although the X-ray specs advertised on the back of 1960s comic mags (and for that matter the apps. for phones that claim X-ray powers) are, of course, not all they seem.
So in the spirit of things not being as they seem and being hidden, today is a ‘Behind the Mask’ day – get down and devious with a mask from our wide range of stock. Our feather masks in particular prove extremely popular and with such a fantastic choice of styles and colours they are sure to keep you disguised until the big reveal.
Props & Frocks stocks a huge range of masquerade masks for men and women, and we think you will be very impressed with our prices and the range that we have in stock all year round. Having a masked ball, is a cost effective way of hosting a themed event that can be enjoyed by men and women.
Our masks are secured in 1 of 3 ways. Read the description that is online and it willconfirm how each mask is secured to your head.
- Elastic. a thin piece of elastic is fixed to either side of the mask. The elastic goes around your head. Very simple as the elastic can be hidden beneath your own hair, but this may not be possible if you have an elaborate hairstyle.
- Headband. The mask is fixed to an ‘Alice’ style band that sits on top of your head. Most masks are able to be moved into the required position, and this also means you can move the mask up towards the top of your head while you are eating or drinking.
- Stick. The mask is secured to a stick that you hold and place the mask up against your face. Ideal if you do not want to ruin your hairstyle, but realistically, you will not want to hold the mask up all night long, and most people will use it for an entrance, and pictures throughout the night. We stock a large selection of masks on a stick
However, this party theme also allows those of you who want to dress up in an entire costume to do so as well. Costumes that involve wearing a mask include:
- Bat Girl
- Superman – why not take a look at our range of superhero costumes?
- Iron Man
- Phantom Of The Opera
- Freddy Krueger
We also stock a large range of famous people and animal masks, so this is an endless party theme for you all to enjoy.
As regular readers will know, we get our fancy dress theme inspiration from things that have happened on this date in history. We have a choice of 2 unrelated costumes themes today, read on to find out what they are and let us know which one you would choose.
September 7th and it’s the National Day of Brazil, but unless you’re keen on carnival or football (some British ex-pats did set up the first Italian football club in Genoa this day in 1893) there’s not much scope for a celebratory theme. There is always an option for a carnival based fancy dress theme. Some people use the carnival theme as a chance to wear one of our beautiful masquerade masks. We have one of the largest ranges available on-line and we keep them in stock all year round.
If Carnival does not ‘float (get it?) your boat’, why not go with our alternative excuse for a celebration is that it was upon this date in 1533 that the future Queen Elizabeth I was born. As most people know, she was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, although her mother was executed when Elizabeth was two and a half as Henry sought to find a wife who could bear him a male heir. Despite being declared illegitimate as a result of Anne’s fall from favour, Elizabeth grew to be the last and possibly greatest of the Tudor monarchs.
As the current second Elizabethan reign stands on the verge of the Queen’s Jubilee next year, many organisations and groups are starting to make their plans for celebrations to complement the official events and, judging from past experience (and jubilees), many of these may involve pageants of the ‘Gloriana’ Elizabethan Tudor age. Needless to say, we at Props n Frocks will be here to help – just don’t leave it to the last minute!
Some of our Tudor Costumes include (some of these are hire costumes only)
- Henry VIII
- Elizabeth I
- Tudor Man
- Rich Tudor Ladies
- Peasant Men
- Jester Costume
Take a look at some of our range of Tudor costumes