New Fancy Dress Costumes

October 7, 2010

Fancy Dress Costumes for Halloween

Fancy Dress costumes are great Halloween costumes because they can often be worn well beyond the Halloween season. There are several different fancy dress costumes to choose from, depending on the style that you are looking for.

Disney Fancy Dress Costumes

cinderella costume
Disney princesses are famous for their extravagant gowns, the envy of young girls everywhere (okay, some older girls like them too). These dresses do double duty, as they can be used to imitate a specific Disney character, or as a nice dress for any occasion. When selecting a Disney princess fancy dress costume, your main concern should be the color. For example, Belle’s dress is bright yellow, while Cinderella’s dress is powder blue. Most of the Disney princesses are associated with a color, and that color will help you stand out if you’re planning a specific costume.

Southern Fancy Dress Costumes

southern belle costume
The Southern fancy dress costumes capture the elegance and style of the 1800 and 1900’s. These high quality dresses make great period pieces for plays and theater, and also make a great couple’s costume for a costume party. Make sure to add a Southern gentleman to complete the look.

Historic Fancy Dress Costumes

historical fancy dress
If Disney isn’t your thing, and the Southern look just isn’t for you, then you may want to consider a historic fancy dress costumes. These costumes hail from medieval times and older. Historic fancy dress costumes also make great party costumes and can be paired with another period costume for a couple’s costume. There are an almost limitless number of choices, including medieval time, Egyptian themes, Renaissance themes and much more.


Best Summer Movie Costume

September 8, 2010

The summer of 2010 saw some great movies released, and some even better summer movie costumes. Let’s take a look back at the the movies that made us say “Wow,” and had us itching to try on the best summer movie costumes.

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Alice in Wonderland

Directed by Tim Burton, this remake of the classic Disney movie, and the even older book by Lewis Carroll, starred Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and Helea Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The movie received mixed reviews, but was praised for its inspiring visuals, notably the costume designs by Colleen Atwood. Atwood has worked with Burton several times in the past. One problem with consumer costumes based on such visually appealing movies is that costumes usually fall flat when compared to what you see on the screen. In the case of Alice and Wonderland, the costume makers did an awesome job creating affordable costumes that accurately reproduce the movie counterparts. Alice in Wonderland costumes, particularly the Mad Hatter costume, are already big sellers, and as Halloween approaches they’re likely to continue to fly off the shelves.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man was a huge hit, and Iron Man 2 performed equally well, giving summer movie goers another visual feast with a redesigned Iron Man costume that was sleeker and more decked out than the predecessor. Robert Downey Jr. returned to his role as Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor turned superhero. Iron Man 2 performed well at the box office, and fans went rapid for an accurate movie costume. Several different versions were produced, including a collector’s Iron Man 2 costume that you would swear is the real thing. Iron Man costumes are hot sellers with kids and adults, and with the Avengers Movie slated for release in 2011, its sure to remain a popular choice.

Robin Hood

Ridley Scott, of Gladiator fame, once again teamed up with Russel Crowe for this action packed period piece, which featured a big budget and amazing costumes. The film garnered high praise for its artistic costumes and sets, but fans felt the story failed to build upon Robin Hood’s legacy. Despite the criticism, Robin Hood is worth seeing if you’re a costume fan, as Janty Yates’ costume’s bring the film to life. Yates previously worked alongside Scott and Crowe in Gladiator, and also worked on several successful films set in the present day. Robin Hood costumes are popular couples costumes due to the strong connection between Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and because the simple design offers great mobility for a party or night out.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 produced some of the most popular summer movie costumes without even featuring any costumes in the film. Toy Story 3 was on of the most successful films of the summer, and it further proved that Pixar has the ability to continually produce blockbuster movie after blockbuster movie. Several fans reported that they cried when the film was over. The Toy Story franchise is immensely popular with kids, and that has helped to make Toy Story 3 costumes one of the biggest sellers of the year. Toy Story costumes are also popular with adults, whether its to impress the kids or a guilty pleasure is hard to say. The Toy Story characters appeal to a wide audience, at least as far as their costumes are concerned, because the designs are simple, but they also have a certain coolness about them. Buzz’s chest plate with extend-able wings isn’t so cutesy that older kids can’t enjoy it, and it isn’t so complex that younger children will struggle with all of the moving parts. With Halloween just around the corner, and the movie performing so well in theaters, Toy Story 3 costumes will continue to be big sellers.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cinderella

July 28, 2010

Disney CinderellaThe Cinderella story has been written in many languages and in many time periods, and Cinderella costumes have changed a little bit with each story. The classic tale of a young hero or heroine overcoming oppression and rising to the ranks of royalty has fascinated readers throughout history. Along the way Cinderella has had many names, including Critheanach, Rhodopis, Ye Xian, Aschenputtel and Cenerentola.

1. The story is thought to originate in the time of classical antiquity, around the year 1 BC. Remember that BC counts down to AD.

2. In a version of the Cinderella story from the Philippines, the Cinderella character’s fairy godmother is actually her real mother reincarnated, as a crab.

3. In one of the most popular versions of Cinderella, published in 1697, Cinderella wore fur boots, not glass slippers. During translation, the word vair, or fur, may have been mistaken for the word verre, which means glass. Although probably not as comfortable, the glass slipper has stuck ever since.

4. The Cinderella story has spawned 10 operas, more than five ballets, and at least one ice show.

5. Cinderella is so popular that she even has her own medical condition. Colette Dowling coined the term “Cinderella complex” to describe her theories about women’s fear of becoming independent. The fear results from an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others. The name was chosen because although Cinderella exhibits a will to break out of her situation, she is unable to use her own strength to do so and must have help from an outside source.

6. Cinderella Castle at Disney World is Disney’s tallest structure, standing 189 feet. Space Mountain is a close second at 183 feet.

7. The Disney studio was deep in dept when it released the Cinderella movie in 1950. Many considered the film a last ditch effort to save the company. The enormous success of the movie carried Disney’s production through the 1950s.

I hope you’re feeling enlightened, and the next time you watch or read Cinderella, just image all the different changes the story has gone through in the last 2000 years.

If you’re feeling like dressing up to celebrate Cinderella’s success, or you just want to look like one of literature’s most popular characters, check out this huge selection of Cinderella costumes, including the incredibly popular and recently back in stock Adult Cinderella Costume. There is also a crab costume for those of you that like that version of the story better.


2010 Halloween Costume Preview

July 14, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner, it’s a big corner, but it is never too late to start getting ready. Shopping for a Halloween costume early is a great way to save time, save money and avoid the hassle of shopping the week before Halloween. To help you get those new Halloween costume ideas rolling, we have a preview of the most popular new 2010 Halloween costumes.

Avatar Costumes
Remember the movie Avatar? It made lots of money or something like that. Avatar costumes are selling almost as fast as the movie tickets did, and they’re sure to be a popular costume for Halloween. Thanks to the success of the movie, there are lots of Avatar costumes and Avatar accessories to choose from. Join the Na’vi this Halloween in their battle to save Pandora.

Child Neytiri Costume Adult Neytiri Costume Jake Sully Costume

Alice in Wonderland Costume
Alice in Wonderland costume let you take a trip down the rabbit hole. The classic Alice in Wonderland movie from Disney provided lots of great costumes for kids, and Tim Burton’s remake did the same for adults. These new costumes are awesome for a costume party or for couples costumes to dress up together. These Alice in Wonderland costumes are based on the movie outfits, so everyone is sure to recognize you this Halloween.

Alice In Wonderland Costume Mad Hatter Costume Kid's Alice in Wonderland Costume

Baby Costumes
Baby costumes are growing in popularity, and each year there are more and more styles available. These baby costumes are cute and comfortable, making them a great choice for you and your baby. The costume material is soft enough that your baby will love wearing it, and it’s strong enough to be worn multiple times, making it a fun outfit for play.

Baby Puppy Costume Baby Blossom Costume Baby Lion Costume