We are suggesting a ‘Musicals Fancy Dress theme today. This gives great scope for costumes and should make it easy for you and your guests.
How did we decide on today’s costume theme? Well, today, December 13th we celebrate the birth of Christopher Plummer who was born in 1929. He is probably best known for his role as Captain Georg Von Trapp in the film the Sound of Music, so what better excuse to don those Nun costumes and celebrate this iconic film. If you’re really keen (and the tickets haven’t already gone) there is also the Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music Xmas Special at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon on December 20th. Check out our information pages that will give you lots of The sound of Music Costume ideas.
For those not so keen on the Sound of Music, a general musical films theme could be on the cards, particularly as this is also Dick Van Dyke’s birthday. He was born in 1925 and although most recently known for Diagnosis Murder, he has starred in some classic musical films including Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A musical films theme also gives you the opportunity to celebrate a whole host of diverse characters. If you look at the works of some of the great composers & lyricists from the twentieth century, such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe or Andrew Lloyd Webber (with or without Tim Rice) you can find a whole host of diverse films and characters to portray. These include King Mongkut of Siam or Anna Leonowens from the ‘King and I’, Professor Henry Higgins or Eliza Doolittle from ‘My Fair Lady’ or what about Christine and the Phantom of the Opera?
Other costume suggestions for this fancy dress theme include:
So there are a few more costume ideas, but I am sure that this small selection has really got you thinking about the costume you would love to wear. If you have attended a party with this theme, what costume did you wear? We’d love to hear from you.
You might have noticed recent press coverage about world record attempts involving fancy dress costumes – 5th August saw the ‘Greatest number of pirates in one place’ at Hastings. Props n Frocks stocks a huge range of pirate costumes and accessories if you think about trying to break this particular record. Earlier in the year we had ‘The greatest number of Star Trek characters in costume’ at the Millennium Bridge, London. There was also ‘The greatest number of people doing the Time Warp (from the Rock Horror Show)’ at Brighton. Of course, we also stock all the Rocky Horror Costumes. Check out our Rocky Horror page that will give you all the information you will need if you are brave enough to attend! All this effort at massed costuming is, of course, aimed at getting into the Guinness Book of Records.
On September 2nd, we celebrate two individuals of relevance to this topic. On this day in 1994, Roy Castle died. In his foreshortened career he helped many to great deeds – he was a popular all-round entertainer, an inspiration to many and host of the TV show ‘Record Breakers’, in which he attempted and broke several records himself – notably for tap-dancing. Rather longer ago, in 530BC the Athenian herald and Greek hero Pheidippides was born. It was he who ‘invented’ the marathon run, Firstly he ran 150 miles over two days to get help from the Spartans, when the Persians invaded at Marathon. Then, after the battle was won, he ran to Athens (about 25 miles) to announce the victory, then collapsed and died. These days the marathon is a less arduous affair, even when people insist on doing the event in costume to benefit a worthy cause. Perhaps we’ll see a renewed interest in this novel sport-form because of the new Weetabix advert which involves Mascot fun-runners beating the athletes to the finish line, but in the meantime you could browse the relevant Guinness World Records site http://community.guinnessworldrecords.com/_Records-set-at-Flora-London-Marathon/blog/257326/7691.html which has a section on fancy dress records for the 2009 Flora marathon – ‘Fastest dressed as a vegetable’, Fastest dressed as a cartoon character’ and so on.
At the end of April, we gave you a comprehensive list of where you could find the Rocky Horror Show, both its Touring and Singalong versions. What we forgot to mention is the Rocky Horror Convention – The Denton Affair – which is being held at Hoxton Hall, Hoxton St. London N1 on June 4th. Tickets do cost £20, but as anyone who has been will tell you, these conventions can be quite unconventional! Take a look at our Rocky Horror Costumes if you want to join in.