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  • Embrace your Outer Villain - In Costume

    You’ve been invited to a party and the theme is ‘Villains’. In today’s politically correct world, you will be better off steering clear of real-life criminals or infamous people who were around in living memory – especially if they are alive today. Don’t do a ‘Prince Harry’ and dress up as a Nazi – bad idea. Look further back in history, or, better still, opt for a fictional character and you will have plenty of scope.

    Real-life Villains throughout History:

    • Jesse James
    • Bonnie and Clyde
    • Guy Fawkes
    • Richard III
    • Edward Teach / Blackbeard
    • Vlad the Impaler
    • Attila the Hun


    Fancy dress is all about having fun, so don’t get too serious with your villain costume. Maybe there will be children attending this event, so you don’t want to wear something too terrifying. If these bad guys are child friendly enough to make it into Disney films, then they are child friendly enough to attend the Villain Fancy Dress Party. An added bonus is that most children will recognise these costumes and can dress up as these characters themselves...

    Disney Villains:

    • Cruella de Vil – 101 Dalmations
    • Captain Hook – Peter Pan
    • Horned King – The Black Cauldron
    • Jafa – Aladdin
    • Gaston – Beauty and the Beast
    • Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
    • Evil Queen Grimhilde / Witch – Snow White
    • Ursula – The Little Mermaid
    • Mother Gothel – Tangled
    • Queen of Hearts – Alice in Wonderland
    • Scar – The Lion King

    Queen of Hearts

    Maybe you want to get creative with your outfit. Here are some other well-known fictional characters…

    Other Fictional Villains:

    • The Big Bad Wolf – Red Riding Hood
    • The Joker – Batman
    • Mr Burns – The Simpsons
    • Medusa – Greek Mythology
    • Darth Vador – Star Wars
    • Dr. Evil – Austin Powers
    • Voldemort – Harry Potter
    • Freddy Krueger – A Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Michael Myers – Halloween
    • The Wicked Witch of the West – The Wizard of Oz
    • The Shark – Jaws
    • Gru – Despicable Me
    • Magneto – Xmen
    • Chucky – Child’s Play
    • Gollum – The Lord of the Rings
    • Saruman – The Lord of the Rings
    • Bill Cutting, “The Butcher” – Gangs of New York
    • Mystique – Xmen
    • Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter
    • Loki – Thor


    Maybe you don’t want to narrow your costume down to one specific character? So you could choose a stereotype instead, which is a great idea if you're attending as a group:

    Stereotypical Villains:


    So there you have lots of ideas to be getting on with. Share your amazing character costume with us on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter. Happy Costuming!

  • Fancy dress addict collects 365 outfits to wear one every day for a year

    A woman is so obsessed with fancy dress she has collected 365 outfits -and worn a different one every day for a year. Mary Saba  dubbed the Costume Queen by her friends left work colleagues bamboozled when she turned up to the office wearing a Little Mermaid outfit one day then dressed as an Oompa Loompa the next.

    The 27-year-old loves fancy dress so much that she's even travelled on public transport dressed as the Mad Scientist and 7 Days singer Craig David. Mary, from Sydney, Australia decided to wear a different costume every day for 12 months as part of her 26th birthday challenge.

    Mary, from Sydney, Australia decided to wear a different costume every day for 12 months as part of her 26th birthday challenge.

    "I was another year older and I wanted to do something special," she said.

    "My family thought I was mad at first, but they know how much I love fancy dress and a challenge."

    She said: "I would make some outfits from plastic or cardboard and I was visiting the local charity shop every weekend."

    She also planned the costumes and different themes a month in advance with help from friends and family.

    "I looked at the special days of the year and coordinated the outfits with those days," she said.

    Here are some of the costumes she has worn!!!

    Fancy dress addict Fancy dress addict

    She wore a tinker bell costume on day 190 with her own little twist on it. do you want to wear your own tinker bell dress with a twist for your next fancy dress party? well look no further

    ariel-costume-whole-main Fancy dress addict

    She wore this little mermaid costume for her final week of Disney theme, this was days 194.

    the-smurfs-smurfette-costume-whole-main Fancy dress addict

    She had her own little twist on the smurfs fancy dress costume, this was day 355 costume.


    For day 177 she wore this elf costume with matching tights and hat.



    For the 327 day she wore this eye catching superwomen costume with stylish red wellies and a blonde wig to finish it off. Get your stylish superwomen costume and put yours own twist on it.

  • Get your Wheelchair Costume Ideas

    If you use a wheelchair, or know anyone that uses a wheelchair, then you know how difficult and challenging it can be to find a unique and functional fancy dress costume. Because people are all different shapes and sizes, not to mention the wheelchair itself, your best option is to custom make your own wheelchair costume.

    A costume that is tailor fitted for a wheelchair needs to be able to function as well as impress. A wheelchair fancy dress costume also presents the perfect way to create a "one of kind" costume that leaves a lasting impression with both the person wearing it and everyone who sees it.


    Whether you are putting together a costume for a child or an adult you have an amazing opportunity to create an award winning, original fancy dress costume that will steal the show, especially when dressed as a pirate in a ship!

    A wheelchair fancy dress costume can instantly stand out in a crowd and the sky's the limit on the ideas. The fun thing with these costumes is that you can go far beyond typical fairies, monsters, zombies and super heroes. Everyone else will be jealous when they see Batman gliding through the streets in his Batmobile or Cinderella arriving to the Halloween party in her Enchanted Carriage!


    The most difficult part of a costume being used for a wheelchair is that you can't order a standard princess or movie character costume online or from your local store. However, with a little fairy dust and some big ideas, you’ll be able to create your own costume. The best thing about creating your own costume is that you can customise the design to do whatever you want, plus, no one else will look anywhere near as unique.


    There are no limitations on what can be created for a wheelchair – a "spy plane" being flown by a secret agent, a princess riding her horse or a farmer driving his tractor. Add in accessories, wigs, masks and anything else you can think of to design and construct your fancy dress costume for one of the most exciting times of the year – be it Halloween or simply a birthday party.

    These wheelchair costumes are special, with the power to create a memorable experience for everyone involved, from the people helping to make them and the people that wear them to everyone who is lucky enough to see them in person. Get started now on your unique and distinctive costume.


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  • Fancy dress walk to raise money for Newport hospice

    The third annual fancy dress walk in memory of a Newport lifeguard in aid of St David’s Hospice is set to take place next month.

    Steven Lewis, 31, died on December 21, 2011, after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

    The fancy dress walk from Charles Street to The Ship Inn, Caerleon, will take place on Monday, May 26. The last two years have seen dozens of people turn out for the walk in their best fancy dress, from the Queen and Rocky to a Dad’s Army soldier and the Mario Bros.

    The three-mile walk will start at 3pm at the bottom of Charles Street and will make its way through Commericial Street, into Bridge Street and Cambrian Road, through the High Street, walking across Newport Bridge before walking along Caerleon Road to the Ship car park.

    Steven’s mum, Jackie Lewis, from St Julian’s, told the Argus they are hoping the walk will help them reach their £25,000 target.


    With the London marathon just passing and the epic fancy-dress outfits that were on display turning heads. This could be your perfect chance to shine and turn heads in the Newport hospice fancy dress walk.

    Here are some fancy-dress ideas that are eye-catching and will make you stand out as having the best fancy-dress!!


    Here’s a SuperMario costume that is bound to get you some attention. If you’re going with a friend this could be a costume for both of you, as you can both go as the partnership of SuperMario Brothers.


    Here’s a Monsters Inc. costume that will stand out, with the bright green features and big eye in the middle of costume. Also bound to be kids favourite!


    Here's also another alternative Monsters Inc. costume for the kids!



    These two Batwomen and Robin costumes could be the perfect partnership for you and your friends to make statement. Both costumes pass of fancy dress but not only that they are both very stylish at the same time!

  • Embrace the Animal Within

    The Brilliance of Animal Costumes

    Animal costumes are a favourite theme of fancy-dress fans, for many different reasons. Perhaps it originates from our childhoods spent watching cartoons and movies about animal characters. If nothing else, this has spawned the Furry Fandom, where people celebrate fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

    When picking out a costume for the next fancy-dress occasion, why are we drawn to animal costumes? Perhaps it’s because they are funny, or maybe you wish to release your inner animal. In the depths of winter, it can be a practical choice, as you’re far more likely to feel warm in a lion costume than dressed as a fairy.

    Raise Awareness

    To some, animal costumes can represent a message. This could vary from raising awareness for animal charities or endangered species, to reflecting your own personality by dressing up as your favourite animal. Dressing up as a Polar Bear, Giant Panda or Bengal Tiger at a charity event could turn some heads far enough to pay attention to the cause, especially if you wear a sign with a heartfelt or shocking message to grab people's attention.

    Be Ironic!

    Animal costumes allow your sense of humour to come out to play. If you want to be ironic, you could make a subtle joke by dressing up as an animal which is the polar opposite of your personality. For example, if you are known to be quiet or shy, you could dress up as a lion, an elephant or even a peacock. The attention you would receive for such a costume would make you feel powerful enough to let out an unexpected roar. Or, if people know you as loud or confident, you could choose to dress up as a mouse, which would probably earn you a few laughs.



    If you are celebrating a particular occasion, such as Easter or Christmas, then you have the option to dress up as a bunny, chicken or lamb at Easter; or a robin-red-breast or a reindeer at Christmas. At Halloween, you can get scary and become a werewolf, a bat, tarantula, or a poor victim succumbing to the jaws of a terrifying predator – such as a crocodile, shark or snake. Then there’s the stag-do, where anything goes.


    Funny Photos

    If you’re going to all that effort to dress up, then it needs to remembered and enjoyed afterwards. Some photo opportunities are; going to the Zoo dressed as a giraffe, lion or a zebra; searching for Easter eggs while dressed as a bunny; swinging from the monkey bars at the park in a monkey costume; running around as a headless chicken; or dolled up as a pig with wings, poised to spring up into the air.


    Couple Theme

    If you want to do an ‘animal couple’ theme, your options are as limitless as your imagination. There’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse, an elephant and a mouse (as elephants are rumoured to be terrified of mice), Tom and Jerry, a caterpillar and a butterfly (ideal for mother and daughter), an ugly duckling with a beautiful swan, a bumblebee and a flower, a fish and a chip. You can probably come up with more.

    Play on Words

    Once more, the humour comes into play (is there no end to the giggles?). If you are a fan of puns, sayings or just plain enjoy making a ludicrous statement, then have a play with these:

    “Foxy Lady” – Self-explanatory. A lady (or a man made up as a lady) should wear a sexy outfit, with the additions of fox ears, some foxy makeup and a bushy tail.
    Foxy Lady“Drunk as a Skunk” – Dress up as a skunk and act like you’re drunk (you could take it that step further and partake in the consumption of alcoholic beverages, if you are of legal age!).

    “Headless Chicken” – No further explanation required.

    “Bird/Chick/Babe” – A man who dislikes derogatory terms can turn this on its head by dressing up as one of these. Let’s celebrate women for being women!

    “Cat-fish” – Go half cat and half fish.

    “Bat-man” – Go half bat and half man.

    “Cat-woman” – Go half cat and half woman.

    “Spider-Monkey” – You may have the idea by now.

    “As Happy as a Clam” – Dress up as a clam, with a big smile on its face.

    “Bee in Your Bonnet” – Dress up as a bee and wear a huge bonnet.

    “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks” – Prove this saying wrong. Dress up as a dog with glasses, pipe and walking stick, and show off your tricks – juggling, card and magic tricks, sitting on demand and shaking hands… You get the idea.

    "Red-Bull" - Dress up as a... wait for it... Red Bull!

    “Going Cold Turkey” – Go as a cold turkey! Simply dress up as a turkey and put a scarf on and moan a lot about the cold. Job done.

    “In the Dog House” – Build a cardboard dog kennel and slip inside. Put your name on the doorway for that personal touch.

    “Hot-dog” – You could dress up as a dog and wrap yourself in a gigantic bun. Or you could put a real (or cuddly toy) dog into a fake bun and carry it around all night. Or, simply dress up as a very attractive dog.



    If these ideas don’t appeal, but you are a fan of a certain character on the TV or in a movie or cartoon, then take your pick - Bugs Bunny, Shawn the Sheep or Gromit, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippopotamus, Tom and Jerry, Pingu the Penguin, Donkey from Shrek, Puss In Boots, Kermit the Frog, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rafiki the Baboon, Firenze the Centaur or Mr Tumnus the Fawn.


    Again the list is exhaustive, but these ideas should get your creative juices flowing. So whatever the fancy-dress occasion, you are sure to find an animal costumes that will serve you well. Just remember, with fancy-dress, you’re not trying to fit in, you’re trying to stand out!

  • The Quirkiness of Marc Jacobs

    Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. Before this, he was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013.

    Marc Jacobs BirdHint - Marc Jacobs is the one on the left. Yes, you got it. The bird.

    Marc Jacobs is almost as well known for his fancy dress costume shenanigans as for his fashion designs. At his annual holiday party in New York, he reportedly demands that his guests wear a costume, or they will not be allowed entry.

    Mark Jacobs Ketchup

    A fan of ketchup? Why not dress up as a ketchup bottle?

    A fan of making political statements, as well as fashion statements, Marc Jacobs’ outlandish getups always cause a stir.

    Dimitrios KambourisMarc Jacob wins the prize for 'Best Pig'. What does he win? Naomi Campbell, of course!

    He must be doing something right, for he is friend and designer to the stars – his presence is often gracing the red carpet, either in the form of one of his artistic creations or the attendance by the designer himself.

    Marc Jacobs Lace DressThose lace dresses are all the rage, don't ya know?

    Notable fans of his designs include Miley Cyrus, Ashlee Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Garner; the list goes on.

    Marc Jacobs - Miley Cyrus

    Even Miley Cyrus is getting in on the lacey dress action. And yes, this is a Marc Jacobs creation

    He’s a long-time friend of Kate Moss and is credited to have persuaded her to make a runway return. He is also the person who supplied her with a stunning gold gown for her book launch party.

    Marc Jacobs Kate MossKate Moss works that golden gown

    If you want to embrace a fun and fantastic attitude like Marc Jacobs, you can get your own crazy costumes at Character Fancy Dress.

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  • What is Fancy Dress all About?

    "Fancy dress" is mainly a British term dating back to the Victorian era. Prior to that, masquerade parties were all the rage. Because party-goers were masked and costumed and therefore anonymous, they had a tendency to act in an inappropriate manner. People were a lot bolder than when dressed in their everyday clothes. To discourage this behaviour, masquerade parties fell out of fashion with the social elite. Instead, parties where costumes were required but masks weren't became fashionable. To differentiate them from the scandalous masquerade parties, they became known as parties of "fancy dress".


    Fancy dress parties became popular for private as well as public occasions. Queen Victoria was well known for her liking of fancy dress and used to throw parties of this sort quite often. If there was something to celebrate, there was a good chance it would be celebrated in costume.

    Risqué or fanciful costumes were considered inappropriate and in bad taste, so party-goers would dress in costumes of historical or literary significance. Shakespeare became a popular theme as did native costumes from other countries, though some of them would be viewed as politically incorrect during this day and age. Other common costumes portrayed seasons, such as the "winter," which entailed dressing in a fashionable white dress adorned with elegant accessories such as sparkly "icicles." Peasant dresses were also fashionable as they were considered "romantic" and perhaps a bit racier than costumes that covered cleavage, arms and legs.


    In those times, Fancy Dress parties indicated a certain moral standard. Men didn't dress as women; women didn't dress as men and body parts weren't exposed. This was, after all, polite society and such behaviour was beneath them.

    These days, "Fancy Dress" is just a glorified term for a costume party and pretty much anything goes. Most fancy dress parties are to celebrate Halloween, hen and stag do's, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas and Easter.


    Costume parties are popular for a number of reasons. For one thing, while dressed as someone else, you get to take on another persona for that time. If you are part of a group of like-minded people dressing to a certain theme, then you get a feeling of belonging. Dressing in costume is also a chance to show of your creativity and individuality.

    There are endless costumes that you can dress up in – the more imaginative the better. You can go as your favourite superhero, a monster, a war hero, historical figures (like Cleopatra), characters from books and TV, celebrities and animals.

    Dressing with originality can be a conversation starter and icebreaker. It creates a lot of different and sometimes strange laughs, looking at what people have come as, what crazy thoughts people have and learn whose favourite character is.

    The main thing with fancy dress is that everyone dresses up in ridiculous, funny and imaginative costumes and for everyone to enjoy themselves.


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