‘Film’ is the costume theme of the day as today, we celebrate the birthday of Francis Ford Coppola. Born in 1939, Coppola has directed, produced and written a wide range of movies, from the major masterpiece about Vietnam ‘Apocalypse Now’ through the Godfather trilogy, to other projects such as ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ and ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’.
With the possible exception of Dracula in its Gothic-Victorian context, few of the films mentioned would generate costuming opportunities, especially for females. More precisely, there are many film genres and themes where females feel rightly short on choice. For Star Wars costumes it’s down to Princess Leia and Queen/Padme Amidala, whilst the epic Lord of the Rings series features just Galadriel, Arwen the Elf Princess, or Eowyn, the daughter of the King of Rohan, who virtually had to disguise herself as a man to get involved in the climactic battles. And as for the ever popular James Bond, it’s either arm-candy or gold-body paint (well actually it isn’t, as here at Props n Frocks we have come up with a few other suggestions – see Bond Fancy Dress). The bottom line is, when choosing your costume theme think through the costuming potential with a view to equal opportunities for all!
We have given you a lot of film costume ideas in previous blogs, so take a look for plenty of great fancy dress inspiration.
Entertainment is our fancy dress theme suggestion for today as we have three notable birthdays on October 16; the Victorian dandy and writer Oscar Wilde (1854), the legendary all
Freddie Mercury Outfit
round entertainer and singer Max Bygraves (1922) and actress & singer Angela Lansbury (1925). Oscar Wilde wrote a number of literary works including ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and he is noted for his astute witticisms such as ‘There is one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about’ (as featured in ‘A Picture of Dorian Grey’). Max Bygraves’ catch-phrases were a little less profound- ‘I wanna tell you a story’ is the one most repeated, and those of a certain age will remember the underlying gender sub-text to the ‘Toothbrush Song’ from radio’s ‘Children’s Favourites’. Meanwhile Angela Lansbury is possibly now best known for her starring role as crime-writer Jessica Fletcher in ‘Murder She Wrote’ (often featured in rotation with ‘Diagnosis Murder’ on BBC afternoon TV). In addition she has had a long and distinguished career in musical theatre and film, featuring with Elvis in ‘Blue Hawaii’ and Danny Kaye in ‘Court Jester’ and latterly in Disney’s ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Thus the World of Entertainment could be the general theme for today.
Having an entertainment fancy dress theme is quite broad, as you could look at what entertains you which could include the television and opens up a huge range of possible costume choices. You could look at film and go to the costume party as your favourite film star, this may be Judy Garland, so you could go in one of our fantastic Dorothy costumes - with the new show of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ you could also use this costume for a stage style of entertainment – really the choices are endless. As in the words of Robbie williams ‘Let me entertain you’ – so why not go as your favourite pop star, we have a huge choice of costumes for this theme, including Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Abba costumes and many more…