Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Wizard of Oz Costumes

Dorothy Costume - Wizard of Oz Costumes
For some reason, I have always associated the Wizard of Oz with Alice in Wonderland and so following on from my recent post on Alice, I have decided to write a little on some fancy dress ideas for Wizard of Oz Costumes. I think the Wizard of Oz Characters make for a perfect theme for a fancy dress party.

So What is the Wizard of OZ?
Most people probably know the Wizard of Oz from the musical made in 1939, but this was based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum written in 1900.

The story is basically about Dorothy Gale, a girl who lives with her aunt and uncle's on a farm in the USA during the depression. Dorothy often dreams of a better life and one day a tornado takes Dorothy, her dog Toto and the whole farmhouse to the magical Land of Oz.

In the land of Oz the Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and meet the Wizard of Oz, who will be able to take her out of the land of Oz.

It is along this journey that Dorothy meets a Scarecrow, Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, who join her on the trip, because they want to get back a brain, a heart and courage, respectively.

Wizard of Oz Characters
The Wizard of Oz has some excellent characters almost all of which could make an excellent fancy dress costume:

Dorothy Gale
The Wizard of Oz, Professor Marvel
The Scarecrow, Hunk
The Cowardly Lion, Zeke
Tin Man, Hickory
Good Witch of the North/South
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the East/West
Uncle Henry
Auntie Em
Mayor of Munchkin City
The Munchkins
Munchkin Soldier
Lollipop Guild Munchkin
Captain of the Winkie Guards

The Wizard of Oz film features Judy Garland who plays the part of Dorothy Gale, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch of the North, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Frank Morgan as the Wizard.

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