Dead Icons Fancy Dress Theme

Today, we advocate a Dead Icons fancy dress theme.Music Icons

Amy Winehouse died in July and became one of that select group of music icons – such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – who passed away at 27. Today would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. Whilst much has been written about her lifestyle and her music, which will indeed live on, the additional unusual compliment we can pay her as members of the costume trade is that she had a distinctive image and she stuck with it, unlike other modern songstresses who cannot keep the same look from one moment to the next. Admittedly the Amy look requires a bit of effort with eye-make-up and temporary tattoos but at least it is potentially iconic and definitive.

Our first thoughts today were let’s have a Dead Music Icons fancy dress theme, but we thought that that left very little choice for females. We’ve tried to incorporate as many musical costume ideas here as possible, if you can think of any others, please drop us a line.

Some Dead Icon Costume Ideas include:

  • Elvis Presley
  • Jackie O
  • Princess Diana
  • President Kennedy
  • Amy Whinehouse
  • Michael Jackson
  • Buddy Holly
  • Bob Marley
  • Johnny Cash
  • John Lennon
  • George Harrison
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Janis Joplin
  • Freddy Mercury
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Fred Astaire
  • Osama Bin Laden – be careful this one may be a bit sensitive, but we have to admit that this man was looked upon as an idol for some!
  • Elizabeth Taylor – wear a ladies Egyptian costume
  • Julius Caesar
  • Winston Churchill
  • Adolf Hitler – another sensitive one, but again this man was looked upon as an idol!
  • Napolean
  • Admiral Nelson
  • Henry VIII
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Beethoven
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Mozart
  • Shakespeare
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mozart
  • Eva Peron
  • Emmeline Pankhurst


Dead Icons / Celebrities – Fancy Dress Theme

Today’s fancy dress theme is inspired as it was on 8th December in 1980, thirty years ago, that John Lennon was shot and

Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

Michael Jackson Thriller Costume

 killed in New York. There have already been many speculations on how things would have gone for him had he not passed too early in this, the year of what would have been his 70th birthday.

A ‘Dead Icons / celebrities’ costume party is always a popular theme as it offers a wide range of costume choices. If you are hosting the party, you may allow your guests to choose anyone from history, or restrict it to certain years. Please bare in mind that if you make the fancy dress theme too hard to do, many people will opt out of wearing fancy dress and this will ruin your entire evening. Fancy dress only works when the majority of your guests dress up. In fact, we recommend that you only allow guests to attend if they do wear fancy dress, or at least make some effort towards the reuired theme. It is always worth having 1 or 2 spare costume accessories for those who do not arrive dressed up.

There are so many costumes choices for this theme, here are a few that may interest you…

  • John Wayne – wear a cowboy outfit
  • Marilyn Monroe costumes - always popular for this theme
  • Pope John Paul – but please make sure you will offend anyone with this costume choice
  • Jesus – but please make sure you will offend anyone with this costume choice
  • Elvis – The King of Rock n Roll – plenty of Elvis costumes & accessories
  • Buddy Holly – wear our 50s man costume
  • John Lennon
  • JFK
  • Al Capone – wear a Gangster Costume
  • Romeo – Medieval or Tudor Style costume
  • Juliet – Medieval Costume
  • Henry VII
  • Cleopatra – lots of Egyptian costumes & accessories to purchase
  • Mark Antony – Roman costumes & accessories available to purchase
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Bob Marley – Rasta wig and hat – spliff
  • Michael Jackson
  • Sid Vicous – wear a punk rocker outfit
  • Anne Bolyne – or one of Henry’s wives

Icons – Past & Present Fancy Dress Themed Party

Icons – Past & Present is a great theme for a fancy dress party, but why have we chosen it today?

On September 5th two icons in differing fields were born. 1940 saw the birth of Raquel Welch, whose early film career pre-dated much of today’s celebrity hype but who was, in her day, a major screen sex symbol. This was probably most notable for fronting the poster campaign for the film ‘One Million Years BC’ (1966) in a fur bikini. Other appearances were as ‘Lust’ in the original ‘Bedazzled’ film (1967) and ‘Priestess of the Whip’ in ‘The Magic Christian’ (1969). After the 1960s, she took on more serious and challenging roles (for the most part) such as Fathom, a multi-talented secret agent and a scientist in a miniature submarine in ‘Fantastic Voyage. She has also continued to make TV and movie cameo appearances from time to time since. Meanwhile 1946 saw the birth of Farrokh Bomi Bulsara, who we know better as Freddie Mercury of ‘Queen’. Of course his work and impact on the world stage (in all senses of the term) need little further explanation. A charismatic character who, like many of his kind, passed too early, he was using costumes for creativity, long before today’s Dress-up Divas.

This theme for a fancy dress party gives you and your guests lots of scope for costumes. We have so many ideas, what about these for a few suggestions…
Elvis Costume – you are sure to hear the joke ‘Elvis has just left the building’ – we hear it every day in the fancy dress shop. uh huh!
Marilyn Monroe Costumes
Audrey Hepburn Outfit
Freddie Mercury (of course, we could leave him off this list).

As I have already said, this list could go on and on, and these are just dead icons. Why not drop us a line and let us know what costume you decide to go to the fancy dress party in.