In was on this day in 1895 that one Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was experimenting with some electricity and discovered X-rays (you have seen the effect demonstrated in cartoons whenever a character touches a live wire or electric fence). Since then these rays have proved exceptionally useful in all sorts of fields, although the X-ray specs advertised on the back of 1960s comic mags (and for that matter the apps. for phones that claim X-ray powers) are, of course, not all they seem.
So in the spirit of things not being as they seem and being hidden, today is a ‘Behind the Mask’ day – get down and devious with a mask from our wide range of stock. Our feather masks in particular prove extremely popular and with such a fantastic choice of styles and colours they are sure to keep you disguised until the big reveal.
Props & Frocks stocks a huge range of masquerade masks for men and women, and we think you will be very impressed with our prices and the range that we have in stock all year round. Having a masked ball, is a cost effective way of hosting a themed event that can be enjoyed by men and women.
Our masks are secured in 1 of 3 ways. Read the description that is online and it willconfirm how each mask is secured to your head.
Elastic. a thin piece of elastic is fixed to either side of the mask. The elastic goes around your head. Very simple as the elastic can be hidden beneath your own hair, but this may not be possible if you have an elaborate hairstyle.
Headband. The mask is fixed to an ‘Alice’ style band that sits on top of your head. Most masks are able to be moved into the required position, and this also means you can move the mask up towards the top of your head while you are eating or drinking.
Stick. The mask is secured to a stick that you hold and place the mask up against your face. Ideal if you do not want to ruin your hairstyle, but realistically, you will not want to hold the mask up all night long, and most people will use it for an entrance, and pictures throughout the night. We stock a large selection of masks on a stick
However, this party theme also allows those of you who want to dress up in an entire costume to do so as well. Costumes that involve wearing a mask include:
Following on from our ‘ladies night’ fancy dress theme earlier in the week, today it’s the mens turn!
Around the world (or at least in over a dozen major countries, including the UK) today, November 19th, is International Men’s Day. A comparatively new celebration – it was started in 1999 – the day is supposed to redress the balance in respect of matters of male health, gender discrimination and achievements. How Men are actually supposed to celebrate the day is unclear (although being a Friday, they can doubtless find a way) but we thought we’d offer the Theme ‘My Hero’ as a possibility.
‘My Hero’ could mean many things, from an actual superhero costume to an actual person from a famous film actor, such as Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun, or a real life hero. A real life hero could be a politican, or one of our fantastic emergency services. When you start to think about it, the choices of costumes are endless.
You could always use our suggestion for ‘ladies night’ which was for the men to dress and the women and the ladies to dress and the men and combine both ladies and men at the same time!
Attending a costume-orientated event is always good fun (we probably wouldn’t be here otherwise), the actual process of getting to and from the venue in question can prove hazardous: It is not always feasible to change ‘on site’ and many circumstances such as parking restrictions or intention to drink dictate the use of public transport. Although a costume isn’t your normal commuter-wear (unless you’re a secret superhero and wear a superhero costume under your normal clothes), one can feel a little self-conscious riding a bus or train in full regalia, even though your fellow travelers will have even less cause to recognize you than if you were dressed normally. On the other hand, the costume can be a bit of an ice-breaker and you might even find that you become an impromptu photo-opportunity and potential YouTube star.
If circumstances allow (and you have a ‘designated driver’), most would opt for private transport, although there’s still the possibility to turn a few heads as you fill up at the petrol station or pick-up a few last minute supplies at the supermarket. I actually did this once. We needed some drink to take to the party and stopped at a petrol station. I went in, fully dressed up on my own, purchased the items we needed, and went back out to the car. Not one person made eye contact with me in all the time I was in there (obviously thought I was completely mad!) Unfortunately, however, things might not always go to plan: Cars (or vans) can break down, as in the classic ‘Batman & Robin’ ‘Only Fools and Horses’ episode, or there can be a genuine accident as in a recent incident in Portland Oregon USA. A minor traffic crash received wider media coverage than it might otherwise have done because one car’s occupants were on their way to a Zombie party. Needless to say, there was initial confusion as to how extensive injures to the occupants were (they’d rather overdone the blood and gore and zombie costumes) and, with no actual serious harm incurred by either party, the authorities saw the funny side and said that it was good the Undead were uninjured.
Russell Brand looked hot yesterday in New York (and not just because he was in a rubber costume!) Taking a break from the remake of Arthur, Russell had to take sips of water through a straw to keep his cool.
If you want to look like Russell all you need to do is take a look at our Batman Costumes. As well as The Black Knight style of costume, we also stock the Del Boy & Rodney batman costume and a huge range of superhero costumes, all you need to do is find a lady who needs to be rescued…
What better excuse for a Superheroes party than the fact that Actress Lynda Carter was born on July 24th 1951. Some of you may be asking who? But those of a certain age will recall her most famous role, which was that of Wonder Woman in the 1970s series of the same name. For those wanting that extra special touch to their Wonder Woman outfit, which we naturally stock, we even have the red & white Wonder Woman boots (on special offer at the moment) in three sizes. Incidentally, you may have seen some recent stories about updating Wonder Woman’s look, but that’s for the future and for now we think the classic look is best
When it comes to a Superheroes event, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Mrs Incredible are probably our most popular requests at Props n Frocks, but we also stock a very sexy black catsuit for Cat Woman and a range of other heroines. For those males dressing as Superheroes we have costumes such as Batman, Bananaman, Captain America, Buzz Lightyear, etc.. why not take a look at our huge range of superhero costumes
As we come up to American Independence Day (July 4th), spare a thought for those superhero lookalikes for whom times are hard. In beautiful down-town Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, there are a stalwart bunch of men (and women) who dress up as Superman, Batman and other heroes of the silver screen in order to pose for photographs with tourists. Problem is, as if representing those who have saved the world countless times was not enough, some of these icon-imitators have actually sought financial recompense. They are allowed tips, but apparently cannot actually ask for money and as some of them are, the Authorities are not happy. Hence action is being taken to clear these would-be enterprising individuals from the streets, in order to leave the way clear for the more legitimate tourist traps. If you have always wanted to be a superheros now is the time! Props n Frocks stocks a huge selection of superhero costumes for men, women and children.
It is a shame really, for what harm are they actually doing? It is all to do with product licensing, and is a problem that fancy dress shops really do suffer with.