Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Moulin Rouge Costumes

Moulin Rouge Costume
If you are after a sexy costume or you have a "dance" fancy dress theme party, here are a few fancy dress ideas: Moulin Rouge Costumes and Burlesque costumes!

The Red Windmill or Moulin Rouge is the most famous venue for the can-can dance and it therefore goes without saying that the Moulin Rouge costume obviously comes in the same style as the burlesque and can can costume.

Several films and books have been written about, or had the title Moulin Rouge but before the release of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! which stared Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman most people who were looking for Burlesque costumes would have either typed in Burlesque costume or can can costume into Google, but because of the success of the film the Moulin Rouge costume has become a name for a fancy dress costume in it's own right. Almost like people who want a fizzy soft drink just say they want a Coke even though they are often after a different band. It is also since the release of the film, that the popularity of Moulin Rouge fancy dress has skyrocketed and it is now possible to find a huge variety these fancy dress costumes from fancy dress hire shops to fancy dress shops online.

The actual Moulin Rouge in Paris was built in 1889 and as the name suggests has a red windmill on the roof of the building and the can-can dance is still performed there to this day. Initially the Moulin Rouge was seen as a brothel, but as the dance has become more respected that reputation has been lost and it is now a famous tourist spot in Paris.

Where to find Moulin Rouge Costumes

US Shoppers
Moulin Rouge Costumes on Amazon.com
Can Can Costumes on Amazon.com
Burlesque Costumes on Amazon.com

UK Shoppers
Moulin Rouge Costumes on Amazon.co.uk
Can Can Costumes on Amazon.co.uk
Burlesque Costumes on Amazon.co.uk

To search for the style of Moulin Rouge fancy dress costumes on the web you should not only look for Moulin Rouge costumes, but also try searches for can-can costumes, saloon girl costumes and burlesque costumes as different fancy dress shops use different terms and this way you should be able to find the largest range possible. Jokers' Masquerade fancy dress probably have the largest selection of Moulin Rouge costumes in the UK. Again it is important to remember to search for all the different names that come under Moulin Rouge fancy dress that I listed above above as there are many saloon girl costumes on Jokers' Masquerade that are perfectly acceptable as a Moulin Rouge costume.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The Indiana Jones Hat

Indiana Jones hat and costumeApart from his jacket and his whip, the Indiana Jones hat is probably the most distinctive part of the Indiana Jones costume.

The Indiana Jones hat is actually in the style of a fedora hat, which are made from soft felt and have a crease down the length of the hat and are pinched on the front and on both sides of the hat. The term fedora goes back right to 1891 and comes from the title of a play by Victorien Sardou. Princess F├ędora, who was the heroine of the play who wore a hat similar to a fedora in 1882.

The reason for the fedora hat to be used as the Indiana Jones hat was because Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas wanted to give the character and look of the Indiana Jones costume a distinctive silhouette. And after looking at many different styles of hat they decided to use the fedora, and that is why the Indiana Jones hat is so distinctive!

As an added point of interest, the Indian Jones hat was made by Herbert Johnson Hatters in England for the first film. The Fedora Indiana Jones hat for the film The Temple of Doom was made by Eddy Baron of Baron Hats. And lastly, the Indy hat for "Crystal Skull" were made by Steve Delk and Marc Kitter of AdventureBilt Hat Company.

Indian Jones Hat – The Myths
Did Harrison Ford staple the Indy hat to his head?
Because the distinctive style of the Indian Jones hat became so iconic, the film makers could not really remove it and so Harrison Ford had to wear it for almost every scene and if it ever fell off, they would have to stop the scene, replace the hat and start again. As a joke, Harrison Ford placed a stapler gun against his head during shooting of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and so this is where the urban legend that Harrison Ford stapled the Indian Jones hat to his head!

US Shoppers
Indiana Jones Hat & Costumes on Amazon.com

Buy Costumes.com:
Indiana Jones Costumes

UK Shoppers
Indiana Jones Hat & Costumes on Amazon.co.uk

Check out a previous post on the Indiana Jones Costume

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Sailor Costumes and Fancy Dress Ideas

sailor costume
The fancy dress sailor costumes with the white suit, blue collar and bell bottomed trousers were introduced as the sailor's suit in the Royal Navy in 1857. It is called the Number One uniform in the navy and because of it's instantly recognisable style and the fact that the sailor costume has become a popular fancy dress outfit.

Girls and Boys Sailor Suits
Back in the late 1800's the sailor costume became normal dress for girls and boys, not only in the UK but all around the world. This started with a 4 year old Prince Albert, when in 1846 he wore a sailor uniform given to him during a cruise off the Channel Islands. The public were delighted and engravings of him spread the image of the Prince in a boys sailor costume. This caught on and it wasn't long before both boys and girls were wearing sailor costumes.

Sailor Costumes as a School Uniform
In many Asian countries school children still wear sailor costumes as their school uniforms. Sailor girl costumes have now led to a fetishization of the female sailor costume, especially in Japan. Because of this there are now many “sexy sailor costumes” available and this has also led to anime cartoons such as the Sailor Moon series that is very popular in Japan and you can now find many Sailor Moon costumes that people wear as fancy dress.

The Female Sailor Costume
Ladies sailor costumes are very popular and there are all ranges from the very traditional looking sailor costume to sexy sailor costumes guaranteed to turn heads at any fancy dress party! Again if you are looking for couples costumes or Halloween costumes for couples a great idea would be to both dress up as sailors.

Sailor Costumes and Cartoon Characters
Some of the most popular western cartoon characters wear sailor costumes, these include Popeye and Donald Duck. So as a fancy dress idea you could either look for a Popeye costume, or to make a Popeye sailor costume you could get a sailor costume, a pipe and a can of spinach! Donald Duck costumes can be hard to find, so you could just get a duck costume and then combine it with a sailor uniform.

US Shoppers
Sailor Costumes on Amazon.com

UK Shoppers
Sailor Costumes on Amazon.co.uk

Friday, 6 June 2008

Catwoman Costume and Fancey Dress

Catwoman CostumeSuperhero fancy dress costumes are always popular, especially the male characters like Spiderman, Batman and Superman costumes, but what about woman superheroes (or should that be superheroines?)

Catwoman Costume
Today I am going to look at the Catwoman Costume, Catwoman first appeared in 1940 in a Batman comic and was initially known as The Cat.

The Catwoman costume has evolved over the years, in fact in her first appearance Catwoman wore no costume or disguise at all this then evolved with the character and Catwoman began to wear a cat-mask which had the appearance of a real cat .

In the 1990s, the Catwoman costume consisted of a skin tight purple bodysuit and then changed to a black PVC costume like the Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman costume in Batman Returns.

Most of the current Catwoman costumes for sale have a much more hi-tech look and usually include a stylized cat mask, jumpsuit, belt and boot tops.

Catwoman and the well known male superhero Batman, have tended to have a love and hate relationship over the years. Initially Catwoman spent her early years helping out Batman fighting crime, but later returns to her life of crime and moves on to become a true Batman villain. It is also interesting to note Batman's most enduring love interests, is Catwoman and has occasionally been depicted as his one true love. So an excellent idea for some couples costumes would be to dress up in Catwoman and Batman costumes.

Catwoman Costume on Amazon.co.uk

More female superhero costume ideas
If Catwoman is not your thing, here are a few more female superhero costume ideas for you:
Wonder Woman Costumes - see my blog post on the Wonder Woman Costume
Supergirl Costumes including Sexy Supergirl Costumes
Superwoman Costumes (DC Comics)
Batgirl Costumes and a Sexy Batgirl Costume
Phantom Girl Costume
The Bionic Woman
Black Widow (Timely Comics)
Bumblebee (DC Comics)
The Cat (Marvel Comics)
Elasti-Girl (DC Comics)
Miss America (Marvel Comics)
Storm (Marvel Comics)

Where to buy the Catwoman costume:

US Shoppers:
Catwoman Costumes on Amazon.com

UK Shoppers:
Catwoman Costumes on Amazon.co.uk

If you are looking for a similar costume, sexy and still a Superhero, try the Batgirl Costume

I hope I have helped you with some superhero fancy dress ideas UK and that you enjoy dressing up in your Catwoman Costume.