You may have realised that we’ve been trying to give you some alternative fancy dress suggestions for themes as we head up to the BIG DAY, aka Halloween. So we thought a
sporting theme could come into play, particularly as it is the legendary Argentinean footballer, Diego Maradona’s 50th birthday. However, it is also the anniversary of that unique body builder Charles Atlas, who was born in 1892 (although some sources suggest it as 1893). So, realistically we just had to make Rocky Horror our featured theme. Why you ask? Well, if you’re not into Rocky Horror, you might not know that Frank N Furter’s creation ‘Rocky/Charles Globe was an obvious spoof based on the Charles Atlas adverts of the 50s.
Dressing up as a Rocky Horror character is a favourite all year round, they also make a great Halloween costume choice for both men and women. There is normally a Rocky Horror event near you and the National tour (both the sing-a-long and muscial version) keep bringing in the crowds. We had The Rocky Horror Pictue Show playing very locally to us a couple of weeks ago, and we actually got used to 6′ men walking around the shop in fishnet tights! There are 4 licensed Rocky Horror Costumes and we stock them and the wigs for each of the characters. You do not need to be restricted to these 4 costumes, basically if it’s weird and wacky, it will do for the Rocky Horror Picture show.
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.
This is the week for a Rocky Horror Fancy Dress Party. The film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in London on August 14, 1975, so it will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. (It did not get to the US until 26th September the same year). The film was originally not a success at the box office until someone had the idea (as outlined in the film itself) to show it as a ‘Late Night Double Feature’. Here in Britain, for many years, it was paired with Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ and played at the cinema adjacent to Baker Street tube station. So in celebration, it’s just a step to the right, the right step being to come and see us here at Props n Frocks, where you don’t just dream it, you be it!