Why did we choose Movies for today’s costume theme? Well, On August 11th 1994, the celebrated English actor Peter Cushing died. Possibly best remembered for his work with the Hammer House of Horror Studios (he often played Professor/Doctor Van Helsing, the nemesis of Christopher Lee’s Dracula), he was also the first Big Screen Doctor Who and successfully portrayed Sherlock Holmes on film and TV. August 12th sees the anniversary of the birth of the pioneer director of epic films Cecil B. De Mille in 1881 and the death of Henry Fonda in 1982. As the master of suspense, director Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13 1899, a Movies-orientated event certainly suggests itself.
Having a ‘Movies’ themed party gives huge scope for costumes for all ages and budgets. If you are looking for couples costumes, why not go as Scarlett O’Hara & Rhett Butler, or in Marc Antony & Cleopatra Costumes? One of our popular ladies fancy dress costumes is Marilyn Monroe, an icon and instantly recognisable. Gangster costumes are always popular with men and can be used very easily for a movie theme. Check out our huge range of costumes in our film fancy dress category and you will also find more film / movie costume ideas.
A Madonna costume is also worth considering, and given the fact that she’s appeared in numerous films the fancy dress costume choices are vast. Beetlejuice could be one for the boys, or, if they really want to appeal to the ladies, they might want to try a pilot’s uniform a la Tom Cruise in Top Gun, or even a naval outfit from An Officer and a Gentleman.
The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones and Star Wars characters (The Empire Strikes Back was released in the eighties) are also very popular, or for couples wanting to impress there’s the chance of co-ordinating by going for a his and hers outfit of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame. Just about any eighties film is bound to have some memorable characters in, and all would be well worth trying out.
So, taking inspiration from 80s film stars would definitely be recommended for any 80s fancy dress outfits, and those that get it right will be the hit of the party.
Anyone going to a fancy dress party wants to look the part, but it can sometimes be difficult to know what to go for. It’s always good to have a theme, and if 1980s is the order of the day here are a few ideas on how to choose the perfect 80s fancy dress costumes.
Choosing the right 80s fancy dress costumes will certainly be a personal decision, as everyone’s got their own ideas of what would be best. While the whole point is to dress up, it’s still wise to go for something that looks good – unless the idea is specifically to look as outrageous as possible.
It’s a good idea to go for favourite fashion trends of the day, or perhaps get ideas from films that were popular then. This offers huge scope from which to choose the perfect fancy dress costumes, and there’s bound to be something to appeal to just about everyone’s tastes.
Of course, once an idea is in place, it’s essential to be able to find the right costume. This can only come about through having a great selection, and that’s where Props n Frocks come in. Props n Frocks has a huge selection of fancy dress costumes of all kinds with a great range of 80s fancy dress too, so even the fussiest of dressers will be able to find something to suit.
So, choosing the right 80s fancy dress ultimately comes down to personal choice, with a lot of ideas coming from films or fashions of the day. But, it also comes down to the selection of fancy dress costumes on offer, and that’s why Props n Frocks should always be consulted.
• Freddie Mercury. An icon of 80s music, Freddie would be the ideal choice for all fans of him and his band.
• Madonna. A Madonna costume would be perfect, particularly as there are so many options of what to go for.
• Fame. This iconic film is still popular to this day, particularly with its recent revival. Day-glo leg warmers, leggings and slouchy, oversized t-shirts are the order of the day.
• Top Gun. No-once can resist Tom Cruise in his pilot outfit, so any men wanting to impress should bear this in mind.
• Shell suits. Not the classiest of fancy dress costumes perhaps, but a great choice for anyone who wants to be a bit different in their choice.
• Blues Brothers. This is quite an easy look to achieve but is incredibly popular, giving a suave and sophisticated look.
• Village People. With this idea there are plenty of options to consider, so anyone’s bound to find something to suit.
Many of the most popular 1980s fancy dress costumes are based on the decade’s pop, rock or TV stars, but they are not the only sources of inspiration for a great costume. Also worth considering are 80s costumes themed around films, such as:
Also available are several outfits based around the cult film Friday the 13th, including the Mechanic Jason Overalls Costume and the Jason Costume Blister pack; a licensed costume kit consisting of a screen printed blood stained tunic, a blood stained cleaver and mask. Also available to complete these particular costumes are ‘bloody’, chainsaws, machetes and masks.
Also on sale is the replica licensed Darth Vader Mask, as seen in the original Star Wars trilogy. Fancy dress costumes such as these are practically guaranteed to make your outfit the most authentic and original of the party.