Home Guard - 1940s Costume - small only
Dalmation Overhead Animal Mask
Costume Ideas for Letter D
There are a number of overhead masks and photo-style cardboard masks which may enable you to impersonate celebrities but for which there are no set costumes and outfits. These celebs include:
Dec (of Ant & Dec)
Dad’s Army – From the popular TV series based on a Second World War Home Guard troop.
Daffyd - Famous for ‘ I’m the only gay in the village’ catch phrase played by Matt Lucas in Little Britain. An official costume exists.
Dalek - Long-running (or gliding) enemies of Dr Who. Some rather unconvincing dalek outfits in fabric are available from certain outlets. At least its easier to climb stairs in them than in the real thing!
Dallas/- Popular TV series of the late 1970s/early 1980s, set on the Ewing South Fork Ranch,Texas, and now being revived. Big shoulder pads, glamorous outfits for the ladies & J R Ewing with his large Stetson.
Dalmatian – Popular breed of dog, best associated with the story 101 Dalmatians and the arch-villainess Cruella de Vil. Although most costumes available are in child sizes, some adult versions can be found.
Dame Edna Everage- The Grand Old Australian ‘Lady’ played by Barry Humphreys, with a catchphase of “Hello Possoms” Dame Edna is famous for her star shaped glasses, purple wig and outrageous dresses.
Dame Vera Lynn – The Forces sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn caught the hearts of those serving in the Second World War. (1940’s).
Dame Judy Dench – Plays ‘M’ in James Bond and Queen Victoria.
Dame Nellie Melba – Famous opera singer after whom the Peach Melba was named after.
Dame Kelly Holmes – 800m and 1500m gold medallist Olympic champion.
Dame (Pantomime) Its behind you… oh no its not! In every panto has a rightful dame whether its Widow Twankie from Aladdin, or Dame Trott from Jack And The Beanstalk. The Dame in a panto is traditionally a female character played by a man. The Dame is normally in bright, over the top flouncy dresses with pantaloons and a bright beehive wig accompanied with beautifully tacky make up, including bright red lips and full fake eyelashes!
Damsel - Typically, a female in a distressed state, (such as Rapunzel or Princess Fiona (Shrek), who was both locked in a tower, awaiting rescue by a prince.
Dancer - There are many different types of dancers. You could just use a leotard and leg warmers or go for someone more exotic such as a belly dancer, rumba lady, or a can-can dancer from the Moulin Rouge. There is less choice for males, with top hat n tails, flamenco or male ballerinas the most requested.
Dangermouse - A cartoon character of the 1990s, with a hamster sidekick called Penfold.. Official costumes exist.
Danish Prince - We all know that there is nothing like a Dane, and possibly the best known was Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, from Shakespeares play.
Danny Zuko - Leading character in the Grease movie/stage-show. T-Bird jacket or T-shirt plus jeans should suffice.
Danu - Celtic Mother Earth Goddess. Similar in look and appearance to Gaia
Darth Maul - Intergalactic representative from the dark force in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. He was sent to hunt Queen Amidala and her Jedi companions. Darth Maul wears black trousers, black top with cape, heavy black boots and a distinctive facial look due to red and black facial tattoos and horns in his head.
Darth Vader - Seen in Star Wars episodes 4-6 (1977-1983) Darth Vader is a villainous dark Sith lord. He has the same black colour scheme as Darth Maul but, unlike him, has a electronic chest piece and a full face black helmet head-piece.
Data - Android crew member of the Star Trek series: The Next Generation, Data sacrificed himself to save the others in the final film Nemesis.
David Bowie - Singer and Song writer, with 1970’s Glam Rock ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Aladdin Sane’ being his most best known personas.
David Livingstone – Famous explorer of Darkest Africa. A standard Victorian or Explorer costume would suffice.
Davy Crockett - Davy Died in the ‘Battle Of Alamo’. He was a Western hero and featured in ‘King Of The Wild Frontier’ plus a long-running TV show about his adventures.
Deep-Sea Fisherman - Sou’wester and oilskins. A beard and an inflatable fish could accompany the outfit. A Captain Birdseye outfit could also be used.
Delilah - Biblical temptress who betrayed Samson. Also a song by Tom Jones.
Del Boy Trotter – From Only Fools and Horses, Del Boy along with Rodney, Uncle Albert or Granddad try to conquer the streets of Peckham!
Dementor Evil guardians of the Askaban prison from the Harry Potter stories. Official dementor costumes exist, but can also be improvised by demonic dark tattered robes and scary hollowed out skull face mask.
Demon - Evil spirit, usually seen in books and films with red eyes. Remember Demons are a Ghouls Best Fiend!
Dennis The Menace - Cartoon Character from the Beano Comic. Dennis is forever getting into trouble and mischief with his partner in crime Gnasher the dog. First seen in 1951. Wears a red and black striped jumper, black shorts and has black spiky hair.
Dentist – White or green medical outfit, dentist characters feature in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ and ‘Marathon Man’.
Derek, Bo - Made famous by her corn-row hair-style in the film 10 (1979). Her mermaid impression in the film is probably the most obvious look, although if you want a challenge, she also played a female matador and a version of Tarzans Jane but with white body-paint!
Desperate Dan From the Dandy comic, Desperate Dan is a larger than life cowboy character, famous for his eating of cow pie. An official costume exists.
Detective - Use any police accessories or costumes. This is quite a broad area and covers characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Hercules Poirot, Inspector Clouseau, and Ace Ventura. A sexy Sherlock Holmes is available for ladies.
Devil – Very popular at Halloween, the devil is easy to create with red top and trousers/skirt, red face paint, horns and a fork. The devil has featured in many films, including ‘Bedazzled’, the remake of which starred Liz Hurley as the Devil in a range of male fantasy outfits..
Devils Dam In the mythology of some religions, Adams first wife was actually called Lilith, but she left Adam and became associated with the Devil, becoming his wife..
Diamond Dogs – The principal dancers from Moulin Rouge. They wore a range of outfits. You can make up your own costume using a plain leotard and ostrich feathers, but the effect needs to be very OTT.
Diana – Roman Goddess of the moon. Also known as the Huntress. Aside from the traditional toga, she might carry a bow and arrows.
Diana Ross - Originally the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s and then went on to a solo career. Glitzy 1970s Diva outfit.
Dick Whittington - The main character in the pantomime about a man who goes to London to find his fame. Traditionally played by a female a Medieval peasant costume can be used until he finds fame, and, a rich historical costume for when he has found fame. These costumes are only a suggestion as pantomimes have a habit of jumping centuries!
Dick Van Dyke - Famous for his role in Mary Poppins, a 1920’s style striped Jacket or a chimney sweep costume would be suitable for his character.
Dick Dastardly - Along with his doggy friend “Muttley” Dick uses every trick in the book to try and win the “Wacky Races” but always fails!
Dick Tracey Secret agent famous for his wrist radio, Dick was a comic strip character brought to the TV screens in the 1940s. A feature of the 1990 film were the double breasted suits and brightly coloured hats worn by Tracey and the others.
Dick Turpin – (1705-1739). Dick Turpin is known as a Highwayman but was initially a footpad, rustler and smuggler. A costume consists of: Frockcoat, breeches, cape, tri-corn hat, cape and an eye-mask.
Dido :- Singer of the late 1990’s till the present. Possibly best remembered for her collaboration with Eminem on the Stan video.
Dietrich, Marlene - Star of the silver screen whose. Her appearance in the 1931 film The Blue Angel, as a cabaret artiste dressed in a mans suit was extremely controversial at the time, and sparked a mini fashion revolution for a period, with some females copying the look of wearing trousers, rather than dresses.
Dinosaur Aside from Dino, the pet dinosaur of the Flintstones, and Barney, the popular purple dinosaur of American TV there are a few conventional dinosaur costumes on the market, but most are made for children.
Dipsy - The groovy green one from the four Teletubbies. There are a few official costumes now available.
‘Dirty Harry’ Callahan – Played by Clint Eastwood in the unconventional hero detective films. His catch Phases include ‘ Make my day’ and ‘ Do you feel lucky?’
Disc Jockey – Also known as a DJ, some famous DJ’s are, Simon Bates, Dave Lee Travis and more recently, Chris Evans and Chris Moyles.
Disco Diva’s – Short or long glittery dresses. Donna Summer and Diana Ross were famous divas of the 1970’s.
Disney is a great theme in itself and has many characters starting with the letter D. All of Disney’s Characters are licensed and it has only been in recent years that some trademarked Disney Costumes are available to purchase. The selection is growing all the time so watch this space!
Disney Characters Beginning With D:
- Daisy Duck
- Donald Duck
- Dalmatian – from 101 Dalmatians
- Dash from The Incredibles.
- Dormouse and Dina, the Cat – Alice in Wonderland
- Dwarfs eg Doc & Dopey
- Dumbo use an elephant costume
Diva Aside from the specialist Disco Diva, other types of Diva Operatic, Dramatic or autocratic exist. See also Drama Queen.
Dixon Of Dock Green – British policeman, played by Jack Warner in ‘The Blue Lamp’ the character dies but was brought back in a BBC television series of the same name!
Doctor - Doctors are a very popular choice of costume and can be made up very easily of a white coat and a few accessories such as, a Stethoscope, clip board and pen and a syringe. You could add blood to the white coat for a realistic look
Doctor Doolittle- More recently played by Eddie Murphy in two films (1998 & 2001) and earlier played by Rex Harrison in 1967. Doctor Doolittle is able to communicate with the animals. Hugh Loftus has also written a book about the character.
Doctor Evil- A villain from the Austin Powers films, (who bares a passing resemblance to Blofeld in the James Bond films) with a side kick called Mini-Me (a smaller version of Dr Evil) do all they can to kill Austin Powers and try to release a laser to take over the universe. Dr Evil and Mini-Me have a trade mark of putting their little finger up to the side of their mouths. To create this costume all you need is a grey Nehru style suit, bald pate wig and a facial scar.
Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde:- Based on the stories about a man with a split personality, this costume can be made by using a half and half concept – one side dressed as a well dressed, smart Victorian suit and the other a dishevelled and disreputable ruffian.
Doctor Watson – Partner to Sherlock Holmes in the fictional detective series.
Doctor Who- First came onto our screens in 1963, Doctor who was a time traveller from the planet Gallifrey who battled with the Daleks. Played originally by William Hartnell and followed by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. More recently The Doctor has been played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant and Matt Smith. When asked who and what Doctors look is, the definitive many consider is to be that of Tom Baker wearing the Long coat and multi coloured long scarf. Official costumes for some Doctors (and their assistants ) are available
Dr Death- A character used for Halloween parties, Dr Death and consisting of a white coat covered in blood with a big syringe for an accessory.
Dr Foster- From the Nursery Rhyme, Dr Foster went to Gloucester in the pouring rain.
Dodo Extinct bird, native to Madagascar, possibly best known for its appearance in Alice in Wonderland. Some mascot-style costumes may be available.
Dog Generic (non-species) costumes or ears & tail kits are available , as are specific breeds such as Dalmatian, Great Dane (Scooby Doo) and Old English Sheepdog (The Dulux Dog)
Dolittle, Eliza Originally the heroine of George Bernard Shaws play Pygmalion (filmed as My Fair Lady) in which a common flower-seller girl becomes introduced into high society. Nowadays also a best-selling pop-star, with hits such as Pack Up (Your Troubles) and Skinny Jeans.
Doll – Barbie, Cindy, Aunt Sally, Cabbage Patch or Annabelle are all examples of dolls. The costume you choose and the make-up you wear would depend of the type of doll in question.
Dolly Bird – A term used in the 1960’s for a fashionable girl/lady. Bouffant hair and lots of make-up was usually worn.
Dolly Parton- Famous for western style singing but more so for her large breasts and blond bombshell hair.
Dolphin Popular aquatic mammal. Off-the-peg outfits are limited, but there are some good mascot-style creations available.
Dominatrix – A classic Dominatrix look would be that of a red or black PVC or leather cat-suit, Cat woman and Miss Whiplash are role-models for this style of costume..
Don Juan – A 14th Century Spanish nobleman mixed between, Black Adder, Romeo and the Spanish Inquisition!
Donkey Aside from its role in certain biblical stories, an animal now best known as a character in the successful Shrek series of films. Official costumes are available
Donn – Irish God for the dead, you could use a Death or Grim Reaper costume.
Donnatello Aside from being the name of a famous artist (born 1383), Donnatello is also one of the four Mutant Ninja Hero Turtles, originally popular in the late 1980s but continuing to re-emerge from time to time.
Doris Day- Real name was Doris Kapplehoff. Doris was a famous singer and actress of the 1950’s and 1960’s, and starred in Calamity Jane in 1953.
Dormouse – Small rodent associated with the Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland. Like a mouse but with rounder ears and light brown fur.
Dorothy Gale - The heroine of The Wizard of Oz. Usually wears a blue/white check gingham dress with apron and is accompanied by her dog Toto. Some outlets offer a novelty costume which is one half Dorothy, the other half Wicked Witch!
Drag Queens - You can take this costume as far as you dare! You could just wear a dress to wearing fake boobs, high heels and full make up. Its also a great theme for those going on a stag night to really set up the stag.
Dragon - Legendary beast who guarded the Golden Fleece in Greek Mythology, opposed St George and, in red, is the symbol of Wales from the Welsh Flag. Chinese dragons in multi-colours (but usually the lucky colours of Red & Gold) also exist.
Drama Queen - Weve all met one, but how do you personify them in costume? Possibly with a mix of styles and periods the headdress and dramatic look of Cleopatra with the costume of Elizabeth the First and the OTT mannerisms of the Queen of Hearts
Druid – White robe with a hood, and a beard for a male character. For a more militant look, blue tattoos should be used on the face and arms.
Duchess – Character from Alice In Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. Also the character played by Keira Knightley in the 2008 film about the life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. There is also a Duchess in The Sound Of Music
Duck – Aside from the obvious Disney creations of Donald and Daisy Duck, some duck costume are standalone, others are adaptations from a chicken. Once you have the basic duck outfit, variations such as Duck Turpin and Duckter Who might be possible.
Duckula, Count - Originally a cartoon spin-off from the Dangermouse cartoon series, an official costume for this character exists.
Dumb and Dumber – From the film of the same name, Dumb and Dumber invest in some brightly coloured suits which they think are the fashion.
Dumbledore – Sometime Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witches & Wizardry in the Harry Potter series and reputed to be one of the greatest wizards of all time. An official costume may be available, subject to licensing restrictions.
Dungeon Master - Could also be a Executioner or a torturer within a medieval or mythological scenario.
Dusty Springfield - A legend from the 1960’s Dusty was famous for her blond beehive and heavy panda-style eye make-up. Most often seen in short A-line mini dresses, she did wear longer outfits when hosting her TV show.
Dutch Man/Girl - Could also be used for a Country theme, Girls should have their hair blond and in plated bunches, the men should wear a green or brown hat, clogs could also be worn.