We were mentioning earlier this week about children’s request for historical dress-up
Home Guard WWII Costume
costumes. For us, September is traditionally a time where we have the adults wanting historical or retro outfits, namely those which depict the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s decades (take a look at our huge selection of costumes for all these decades). So, what’s the reason for this trend? Well, next Friday (September 14th) marks the start of the Goodwood Revival meeting (which runs until Sunday 16th). Every year we seem to get more and more people wanting to dress up in period costume for this event. We stock a wide selection of Goodwood Costumes to suit all sizes and budgets. Although one assumes that the cars may be the stars, the aim of this event is to invoke the spirit of the age and there is always plenty to see and do, with a soundtrack to match. So whether you want uniforms or civvies from any of the mid-twentieth century decades (apparently 1970s outfits are also creeping in to the event) why not let us see how we can help?
The Goodwood Revival starts this Friday, and coincidently, it’s also Stirling Moss’ 81st birthday. Despite mixed opinions about its recent ‘sister’ event, Goodwood Vintage, held last month, the Revival is a well-established and much-loved event where almost all the attendees take the retro dress-code seriously and the result is a glorious display of fashions and mid-twentieth-century outfits and some excellent car racing as well.
We find the 40s and 50s as being the most popular costume choices,with American Gi Costumes for men and women topping our costume list of top sellers, with 1950s costumes not far behind. It always helps if the weather does it’s bit, but that’s in the lap of the gods! So the theme for today is retro-fads and fashions.
Are you one of the lucky people going to Goodwood Revival 2010? If yes, then you should really dress up in 40s, 50s or 60s costume to get into the spirit of the fantastic weekend. When I went to Goodwood, I dressed up in a ladies 1950s costume complete with 50s glasses and it was fabulous. Other people in my group dressed up in American 1940s GI costumes. These have been flying out both online and in our fancy dress shop. As you can purchase a male and femal costume, it makes for a great 1940s couples fancy dress idea.
If you have never been, it is well worth a visit, although you probably will not get a ticket for this year’s event, but book early for next year. If you are going, why not drop us a line to let us know what type of costume you wore and what other fancy dress costumes you saw there. You are going to have a great time, let’s just hope that the weather is kind to all at The Goodwood Revival 2010.
We cannot get through the summer without at least one mention of World War II and in particular the Battle of Britain, which commemorates its 70th anniversary this year. Now most 1940s costume requests we receive tend to be for uniforms, particularly when it comes to males (makes them look ‘dashing’, don’t you know!) but sometimes original uniforms can be a wee bit small, not to mention hot and heavy. The replica uniforms that Props n Frocks currently offer for sale tend to be American based, a 1940s American GI Costumes for men and women, so hiring may be a better bet, particularly if you are heading off to the likes of Goodwood during August or September, or the Twinwood festival (August 28th-30th).
At Props n Frocks, we also stock a range of accessories such as seamed stockings, a gas mask and that essential requirement for those in uniform, the Brigadier or Wing Commander Moustache (if you haven’t cultivated your own). For those preferring civvies, our range of pinstripe Gangster Costumes will work for those 1940s Spivs, and if you have your own suit, you could include a Spiv moustache and a trilby hat, to complete the look.