Today we are looking at Western costumes in memory of actor Sheb Wooley (see further
Native American Headdress
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Hosting a Wild West, Cowboys & Indians or Western party is as popular as ever as it is one of those fancy dress themes wear your guests can put a costume together with a western accessory or 2, or hire, or purchase a complete outfit. So this theme is ideal to suit all budgets.
Western costumes mainly fall into the following groups:
Some strange topics over the last few days – Festivals, Gorillas and Sheep, oh, and talking of sheep, the actor and singer Sheb Wooley died today in 2003 (see what we did there?). Anyway, Sheb was involved in several well-known Western movies such as High Noon and The Outlaw Josey Wales and appeared in the TV series Rawhide (which, of course, first brought Clint Eastwood to fame). What Sheb is probably best known for, however, is his 1958 pop hit ‘The Purple People Eater’. The original song, apparently knocked out in an hour, was supposed to centre around an extra-terrestrial who ate purple people and wanted to be in a rock band (eh?), but a misinterpretation lead to people thinking it was about a purple monster who/which ate people, and apparently that was much more fun. The tune was a success on both sides of the Atlantic, even spawning a couple of cover versions and a film in 1988 featuring Little Richard, Chubby Checker and Sheb Wooley himself. The tune even crops up as a monster hit for Halloween, and, of course for you creative types, an ideal OTT choice for a ‘Come As A Song Title’ theme.
Okay, today we are giving you 2 possible fancy dress themes . September 21st is a day for space exploration and for going back to the future. Science Fiction writer HG Wells was born on this day in 1866, whilst composer Gustav Holst (mainly known for his Planet Suite) was born in 1874. Coupled with the fact that the first Western film ‘Kit Carson’ was shown this day in 1903 (a tenuous link with the Back to the Future part III film, set in the Wild West) then there is a whole range of opportunities. Naturally, you can find a great selection of Wild West Outfits and accessories at Props n Frocks including Cowboys, Native Americans, Sexy Saloon Girl Costumes, Bar Madames, etc.. Alternatively, you might choose to opt for our fantastic range of 1950s costumes or get really spaced out with our ideas for a futuristic look. This is a great, fun theme and we know we can help.
A Wild West or American fancy dress theme could be on August 17th’s menu when it comes to ideas for a costumed themed party. It was on this day in 1893 that legendary actress and vaudeville star Mae “Come up and see me some time” West was born. Props n Frocks has a huge range of western accessories and costumes, in stock for next working day delivery.
It was also on this day in 1896 that Gold was first discovered in the Klondike, Yukon, Canada, sparking off the Klondike Gold Rush (one of many Gold Rushes designed to make so called easy money during the end of the nineteenth & beginning of the twentieth centuries). Many of Mae West’s films featured her in a Wild West setting, notably, in this context ‘Klondike Annie’ (1938) in which she played the triple role of Sister Annie Alden, Rose Carlton and The Frisco Doll – something of a gold-digger herself: (“When caught between two evils, I generally like to take the one I never tried”). So a Gold theme could also feature (to go with a golden summer?).