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.

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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.