Why not have an Egyptian fancy dress themed party? On August 30th, 30 BC, Queen Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt died. A little known fact is that the Emperor Augustus (who, as Octavian, defeated the Queen and Mark Anthony) used his name for what had been the Roman month Sextilis, in honour of the dead Queen’s birth and death month. We could show off further and say that this Cleopatra was one of several Cleo’s to rule Egypt, even though they were of Greek descent – something to do with Alexander the Great apparently. However suffice it to say that Cleopatra is a popular choice and can be used for the following fancy dress themes: Movie, Historical Characters and Couples fancy dress parties and she may become yet more popular in the near future: Firstly, Catherine Zeta-Jones is involved in a movie project called ‘Cleo’ “a 1920’s-set song-and-dance retelling of the Cleopatra story”, which is due out in 2011. Secondly, in a recent interview, Angelina Jolie has been quoted as saying that Cleopatra was her dream role and as such she’d been pencilled in for a Cleopatra film in 2013. Turns out she may get to do it twice as she has also been picked to play Elizabeth Taylor in a film about Liz and Richard Burton, and we all know which film was central to that relationship.
Most people will tend to group Egyptian, Greek and Roman costumes all together as they are all closely linked in time and style. Using a Cleopatra costume as a base for a couples fancy dress idea, you could pair her with either Marc Antony outfits or Caesar costumes. You may decide that all you need are some Egyptian accessories to help you to complete your outfit, well Props n frocks stocks a large ranges including Egyptian belts, collars, cuffs and headpieces.
Children also study Egyptians in their Primary School curriculum and Props n Frocks stocks fantastic childrens Egyptian costumes that are ideal.