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Costume Ideas For The Letter A
Abba - Popular Swedish band between 1972 and 1982. A great choice for a group of 4.
Absolutely Fabulous -1990 television programme, starring Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley as Patsy & Edina.
Ace Ventura – Pet detective film, starring Jim Carrey. Costume involves shorts, a loud Hawaiian-style shirt and a quiffed hairstyle.
Acrobat- Circus performer. Use a leotard and top hat and tails. Aside from a Circus theme, the costume can be used for a Bond theme (Magda & others from the circus in ‘Octopussy’). Moulin Rouge. With stylised make-up Circe de Soleil is also possible..
Action Hero- Many possible incarnations including: Rambo, Crocodile Dundee, Indiana Jones, Terminator and Lara Croft.
Action Man – Camouflage top and trousers or scuba gear.
Adam – Nude bodysuit with strategically placed fig leaf
Adam Ant – Black military style jacket with gold braiding (frogging) on the front, tight black trousers, white frilly shirt, ribbons in hair and trademark white stripe across the nose. You could also use a highwayman costume (Stand & Deliver).
Addams Family- Characters include: Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing & other gothic looking friends.
Aerobics Fan- A 1980’s fashion victim. Use also for Olivia Newton John (Physical), Diane Moran (Green Goddess), Mad Lizzie Webb and Jane Fonda. Use any dance or aerobic gear with leg warmers and a headband.
African Man- Open to interpretation. You could go down the Idi Amin style of military costume or a brightly coloured or white robe with pill box style hat. A cat-o-nice tails can be used as a fly whisk.
African Lady/Queen- ‘She’ played by Ursula Andress high priestess is one option, or full length robe, as African man, but with a turban head-cover.
African Animal Choose from Lions, Elephants, Tigers etc.
Air Hostess – Jacket, skirt , scarf, hat and gloves
Airline Pilot – Costumes are available to hire or you can sow stripes and wings to a black or navy blazer. Caps are available to purchase.
Air Raid Warden – From WWII – best known from Dad’s Army television series.
Al Capone - Infamous American gangster, eventually caught and charged for tax fraud and remains Alcatraz’s most notorious inmates. Easy to put together with accessories or complete costumes can be hired.
Aladdin- Originally from the middle east in 1001 Arabian Nights, but the traditional British pantomime sets Aladdin in Peking, China. The Disney version sets it back in the middle east, with Aladdin wearing harem pants, waistcoat and hat.
Albert Einstein – (1879 -1955), best known for his ‘theory of relativity’. Go for a white haired, mad scientist approach. White doctors coats and mad professor wigs are available to purchase.
Alex DeLarge- Character from A Clockwork Orange, based on the book by Anthony Burgess. Wear a white jumpsuit or top and trousers, braces and a bowler hat. False eyelash or make up on 1 eye and carry a walking cane.
Alexander The Great -(356-323 BC) King of Macedonia at 20. Use Roman style armour.
Ali Baba -Hero of another Arabian Nights tale. Use baggy harem trousers, waistcoat and hat or turban.
Ali G- Cult character (1990 – 2005). Created by Sasha Baron Cohen. Yellow shell or tracksuit with matching cap, tinted wraparound glasses, goatee beard and bling jewellery.
Alligator – Possibly only hire costumes available.
Amadeus -Film that depicts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Wear a Georgian style costume with wig.
Amazon Warrior. Female race that possibly cut off their right breast to become better archers. Use a costume such as Xena or a female Roman warrior for this type of costume.
Amazonian Indian Chief – Use a witch doctor style costume. Can be made up using an Hawaiian grass skirt, fur waistcoat with a feathered headdress. Bone jewellery is available to purchase.
American Cop – One of the YMCA group. Also seen in the TV programme ‘Chips’ . Cream tight trousers, blue, short sleeved shirt, motorbike boots, 70’s moustache, aviator glasses will create the look.
American Footballer – Can be difficult to find in the UK – could adapt an ice hockey kit.
American GI -Green US uniform. GI stands for General Issue. Could use a GI for Elvis in WWII
American Naval Officer- Made famous by Richard Gere in An Officer & A Gentleman.
American Sailor- Doughboy hat, white sailor suit with blue/white trim and bell bottomed trousers. Can be used for HMS Belfast.
Amidala- From Star Wars Episode 1,2 and 3. Amidala is the Queen of Naboo. Official costume is red, black and gold gown with headdress and very pale/white face. In Episode 2 she has retired and is called Padme Amidala. In this film she wears a white combat uniform.
Amigo- Spanish for friend. Mexican character from ‘The Three Amigos’ who get mistaken for heroes by a community in trouble. An easy costume top put together. all you need is a poncho, sombrero, Mexican moustache, a rifle and bullet belts are optional. all of these items are available to purchase.
Anakin Skywalker- From Star Wars, becomes Darth Vader. Before he turns to The Dark Side, a standard jedi robe or costume is suitable.
Ancient King- Pre-medieval era. King Arthur would be a great example as could Shakespeare’s King Lear and Theoden of Rohan (character from Lord Of The Rings)
Android- Examples include Kryton from Red Dwarf or Data from Star Wars Next Generation. Use a silver or gold suit, pale make up and maybe a tinsel wig or a bald head to create a futuristic look.
Alice- Character from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ and ‘Alice’s Adventures Through The Looking Glass). Use a blue dress with white, full pinafore and an ‘Alice’ band for the hair. Alice has blond hair and also wears white socks.
Alien – Fantasy character. Can be adapted to your own ideas.
Andrews Sisters – American singing trio of the mid 20th century. usually seen in US military (1940’s) uniforms.
Andy – Little Britain. A licensed version is available to purchase. Andy is the man in the wheelchair who is not as infirm as his carer is led to believe!
Andy Pandy – ‘Watch With Mother’ character first seen on UK televisions on 13th July 1950. Costume is a blue and white bodysuit with matching hat.
Angel- Symbol of goodness and heaven. Modern versions have been portrayed by John Travolta (Angel) but most seen wearing a long, white robe with flared sleeves, wings and halo. Popular now as a fallen angel with black versions available on the market. Satan is the ultimate ‘fallen angel’. Can be used For The Angel Islington for a London Underground Themed party.
Angel of Death- Named as Azrael, who watches over the dying and takes their souls. Use a black robe, wings and halo.
Anna- From The King And I. Anna Leonowens who had an affair with a 19th century King of Thailand. Use Victorian dresses with a large a skirt as possible.
Anna Boleyn – Second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I who was beheaded. Any Tudor style costume will suffice.
Anne of Cleves – German princess and 4th wife of Henry VIII. Divorced. Use a Tudor style costume.
Annie Oakley- (1860 – 1926) real name was Pheobe Anne Oakley Moses. Part of the wild west show run by ‘Buffalo BIll William Cody). The musical ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ has her dressed in a cowgirl outfit with fringing, tassels and sequin trim but any cowgirl costume will do.
Apache – Use any Indian costume or some of the many accessories available to purchase.
Aphrodite – Greek goddess of love. Use a Grecian robe with long hair, normally in a high ponytail.
Arab- Normally you would use a long robe with a turban. Looking for a more modern ‘Sheik’ image? Add Goatee beard, dark glasses and loads of bling jewellery
Aragorn-Character from JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings. Wear a dark medieval style tunic over dark leggings and cloak. You will also need straggly dark, shoulder length hair, beard and moustache.
Archer – Use a Robin Hood style costume
Argentina, Miss – Character in the Tim Burton film ‘Beetlejuice’. A receptionist in the ‘After-life’, she was beauty queen who had died by suicide, hence her greenish-blue skin colour!
Ariel – Disney character from The Little Mermaid. Mermaid outfit & long red hair.
Army Officer- Use any US or UK Army uniform- may be able to source at an army surplus.
Arnold Schwarzenegger- Actor turned Californian politician. Best known as The Terminator but also as characters such as Conan the Barbarian.
Artful Dodger – Character from Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’. Wear a crumpled shirt and trousers with a too large jacket and a battered top hat.
Arwen- Elf princess character from JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings
Ascot Racegoer- Appears in films such as ‘My Fair Lady ‘ and a ‘View to a Kill’. Morning suit is typical for a man and a lady can wear a glamorous summer dress and hat.
Astronaut - Appears in films such as Apollo 13 or 2001, A Space Odyssey
ATS – Auxiliary Transport Services. Mainly women who, in the first and second World Wars provided transport services whilst the men were on the front line. Look for Green Army style uniforms.
Audrey Hepburn- Died 1993. Actress best known for her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and Eliza Dolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’
Aunt Sally- Played by Una Stubbs, opposite Jon Pertwee’s Worzel Gummidge. Aunt Sally is a doll (fairground skittle) that comes to life. Use an Edwardian style dress with poke bonnet, black court shoes and doll-face make up.
Austin Powers- This character was created by Mike Myers as a Bond-like spoof. Based in the 60’s, Austin battles against his arch enemy, Dr. Evil. Many suits are available to purchase, including licensed versions. Use a plain velvet suit (blue or purple) or multi coloured stripes. In ‘Goldmember’ he also wears a 1970’s pimp costume. Black rimmed glasses, ‘Love God’ medallion, messy brown hair and horrible teeth will complete the look.
Australian Lady- Or Sheila as they are called in the land of Oz. Famous Aussie ladies include: Kylie Minogue (think of song videos) and Nicole Kidman (think of films she has starred in) and lets not forget the most famous Aussie lady Dame Edna Everidge herself. Dame wigs and over sized glasses are available to buy. An alternative image is the ‘Sheila’s Wheels’ girls from the UK adverts for the insurance firm of that name.
Australian Man- Think Rolf Harris or Steve Irwin. You can wear a safari style outfit and a hat with corks. Russel Crowe as Maximus from the 2000 film Gladiator.
Austrian – Costumes normally derive from folk or national costumes, common to all Alpine countries.
Avatar - Blockbuster movie featuring the blue-skinned humanoid aliens, the Na’vi. Costumes for the principal characters Jake Sully (in his Avatar form) and Neytiri, the lead female Na’vi, are available but blue skin colouring may still be required for the face and hands.
Avengers- 1960’s cult television series originally starring Patrick Macnee as John Steed with a series of female assistants: Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale), then Diana Rigg (Emma Peel) and finally Linda Thorson (Tara King). John Steed wore a plain suit with a bowler hat whilst Cathy and Emma were noted for their ‘action-wear’ eg. catsuits. A later series, in the late 1970s ‘The New Avengers’ again featured Macnee with Garath Hunt as Mike Gambit and Joanna Lumley as Purdey. A movie version, featuring Uma Thurman as Emma Peel and Sean Connery as the villain was also made. See also Queen of Sin
Avengers The collective name for an alliance of superheroes (from the Marvel Comics stable) gathered to combat a menace that threatens the Earth. The current run of superhero movies – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America etc, sees Nick Fury gathering support for what will be a climactic Avengers film around 2013.
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