Rocky Horror Picture Show Costumes

Good luck if you are running the Sport Relief mile today in a fancy dress costume. We hope the sun shines for you. Werocky horror costumes mentioned yesterday that Saturday can often be our busiest day, but we are starting to find that Sunday is getting to be quite popular. This is possibly because we are one of the few fancy dress shops in the area that do open on Sundays.

Today we thought we would take a look at those celebrating their birthday today, as they can be pertinent to some of the themes we get asked for. 1970s is not quite as prolific request as it once was, but today sees the 70th birthday of actor and writer, Richard O’Brien. Some may remember him from The Crystal Maze in the 1980s, but it is the 1970s Rocky Horror Show, which is undeniably his most famous creation.

Talking of which, we see that the Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show is back at the Prince Charles Cinema in London on March 30th (plus a few other dates during the year). For those of you who are going, you might like to know that we offer the full range of licensed Rocky Horror characters for this show, including Frank n Furter, Columbia, Magenta and Riff Raff, we also stock boas, basques, stockings, wigs, etc, where you can improvise your own look. Take a look at our Rocky Horror information page, it gives you loads of information on Rocky Horror Costume Ideas

Another person celebrating his birthday today who was big in the 1970s, is Paul Michael Glaser, who played Detective Dave Starsky in the 1970s TV series’ Starsky and Hutch.  This was one of the classic Cops TV shows (along with 1980s Miami Vice) which was recreated with new films in the noughties. Although we do occasionally get requests for the Miami Vice look, when it comes to costumes, Starsky and Hutch is not one that has stood the test of time.


Are You a Fancy Dress Record Breaker?

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 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.