Gremlins Fancy Dress Costumes

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Gremlins was an iconic film of the Eighties, which told the story of a young man who receives a strange creature called a Mogwai as a pet. The Mogwai is as cute a creature as you could imagine, but unfortunately it spawns other creatures, Gremlins, which are small, destructive, evil monsters.

There are now a choice of two Gremlin fancy dress costumes available to buy: Gizmo, which is Billy Peltzer’s lovable pet Mogwai, or Stripe, who was the ringleader of the evil Gremlins.

These really are great costumes for couples going to either a Halloween or 80’s themed costume party this year.

Gremlins Stripe Fancy Dress Costume

The unique Gremlins Stripe outfit is based around a green and red jumpsuit with padded shoulders, which has Stripe’s reptile-like skin printed on it.

These Stripe fancy dress costumes also come with a green rubber half-mask that has pointy ears and attached white hair.

Just paint your hands green to help complete this awesome look for Halloween!

Click on the image for a closer look at the Gremlins Stripe fancy dress outfit

Gremlins Gizmo Fancy Dress Costume

The Gremlins Gizmo outfit is based around a brown and white long-sleeved tunic that has a printed fur effect and attached hands.

These Gremlins fancy dress outfits also include a cute looking rubber Gizmo half mask with ears.

Just remember not to eat anything after midnight while wearing this costume! ;0)

Click on the image for a closer look at the Gremlins Gizmo fancy dress outfit

If you would like to see more film inspired fancy dress outfits, have a look at the Film Fancy Dress Costumes section of our website.

Sew Your Own Fancy Dress Costume

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There are alternatives to buying a fancy dress outfit for that upcoming party, one of which is to have a go at making one yourself. Of course, this is not something that everyone can do, but if you do have a talent for sewing then you are certainly going to need to get yourself a decent pattern to work from.

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Sew Iconic is a new book that is basically a step-by-step guide to sewing ten famous dresses that have appeared in Hollywood movies. Not only that, it also acts as a great reference for those of you that are wanting to improve their sewing technique.

It includes dresses such as Marilyn Monroe’s white subway dress, made famous in “The Seven Year Itch”, and Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

The book lists the dresses in order of difficulty, beginning with the polka dot dress made famous by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. As well as the dress pattern itself, there is also useful information about how to go about achieving the same look as the actress, including advice on accessories and makeup.

Here are some more news sources covering this story:

Sew yourself a superstar wardrobe! Fancy dressing like Marilyn and … – Daily Mail

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Daily MailSew yourself a superstar wardrobe! Fancy dressing like Marilyn and …Daily MailMy Bible is a quirky new book called Sew Iconic — a step-by-step guide to making ten classic Hollywood dresses written by primary school teacher Liz Gregory.and …

Stitch – Read – Cook: Review: Sew Iconic by Liz Gregory

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I'm always a fan of a great pattern book, and this didn't disappoint. As I flipped through the pages I instantly recognized so many iconic (as the title states) outfits. A great many of them were added to my list of future projects.

Patterns and Notions >> Sew Iconic by Liz Gregory

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Rainbow Fancy Dress Costumes

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We have the perfect set of outfits for any seventies themed parties, in these Rainbow fancy dress costumes. These are particular great if you are going to the party as a three. If there are two of you going, then I would suggest going as George and Zippy.

Bungle Fancy Dress Costume

The first of the Rainbow fancy dress costumes that we are looking at is the Bungle fancy dress outfit, which captures the charm of the lovable TV character perfectly.

The Rainbow Bungle outfit is based around a brown bodysuit that has the Rainbow logo on the chest and features attached shoe covers. The Bungle costume also comes with a stuffed Bungle headpiece that is made from a soft and furry material, as well as a pair of brown gloves.

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Zippy Fancy Dress Costume

The Zippy outfit is a Rainbow fancy dress costume that is based around a yellow bodysuit that has a matching pair of two fingered gloves.

Also included with the Zippy costume, which has a Rainbow logo on the chest, is a Zippy headpiece that has a hole in the mouth that you can see through.

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George Fancy Dress Costume

The wonderful looking George Rainbow outfit is based around a pink bodysuit that has the Rainbow logo on the front.

Also included with the George fancy dress outfit is a deluxe stuffed headpiece with ears, eyes and mouth, as well as a pair of matching gloves with a deeper pink colour over the palms.

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Don’t forget to check out the Children’s TV Fancy Dress section of our site for some more great retro costumes from your childhood.

Food Fancy Dress Costumes

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If you are going to a food themed party, or would like a totally original outfit this Halloween, then why not consider getting a food fancy dress outfit. Below we look at three different food themed costumes including the awesome looking Peperami outfit.

Hot Dog Fancy Dress Costume

The Hot Dog outfit is an hilarious fast food fancy dress costume that is based around a full bodysuit consisting of two buns, a sausage and squirts of tomato ketchup and mustard.

Please note there is a hole at the top of the hotdog costume for your head and then two holes for your arms to fit through.

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Peperami Fancy Dress Costume

You’ll certainly look a bit of an animal in this great looking Peperami outfit, which is based around a green bodysuit which gives the impression that it has just been ripped open so you can see out of it.

The bodysuit has the Peperami logo down the front, as well as two silver flaps at the top. A brown Peperami headpiece with that familiar sinister face and bulging eyes is also included with this food fancy dress outfit.

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Pizza Slice Fancy Dress Costume

We have certainly saved the tastiest outfit to last with the Adult Pizza Slice Costume, which is based around a realistic pizza slice shaped overall.

The pizza fancy dress outfit comes complete with a range of toppings, which include mushrooms and pepperonis, as well as an awesome looking crust.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Pizza Slice outfit

If none of the above food fancy dress costumes are quite what you are looking for, then be sure to check out the Food Fancy Dress Outfits section of the website.

Is Fancy Dress Recession Proof?

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The world economy is in turmoil, the Euro on the brink of collapse and the UK is in recession, but one industry that appears to keep going strong is that of fancy dress. Could it be that fancy dress is recession proof?

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It is true that there has been historic precedence of people dressing up and having a party amidst the bleakest of times. During the worst economic period of European history between the two World Wars, the working classes in Vienna may not have had enough money to eat, but they would still somehow find the money for their masquerade balls.

And so it appears that the UK are still finding the money to dress up and have a party! Fancy Dress Ball, a Yorkshire fancy dress company, reports revenues up by over 107 per cent and expect growth to continue throughout 2012. Meanwhile, a mum turned entrepreneur has had to move her fancy dress business in Doncaster, Fantazy Dress, to bigger premises just 18 months after it opened.

Online retailer Mega Fancy Dress has noticed a massive increase in demand this year for British themed fancy dress costumes, due to the Diamond Jubilee and upcoming Olympic Games and while this is certain to have had an impact on sales, it does appear that the fancy dress industry is performing well overall anyway.

Here are some news stories covering the soar in fancy dress sales:

All Fancy Dress Notes Considerable Jubilee Support From the South East – Sacramento Bee

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Kansas City StarAll Fancy Dress Notes Considerable Jubilee Support From the South EastSacramento BeeBy AllFancyDress.com New figures from online fancy dress retailer All Fancy Dress indicate residents in South East England are the most patriotic ahea …

Becky helps you dress to impress – Epworth Bells

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Becky helps you dress to impressEpworth BellsA BUSY mum turned businesswoman has moved her fancy dress venture to bigger premises just 18 months after it opened. Becky Keene says the more prominent site has attracted growing numbers of fun-loving cus …

Olympics Sees Sales Soar at Top Fancy Dress Website – PR Web (press release)

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Olympics Sees Sales Soar at Top Fancy Dress WebsitePR Web (press release)Mega Fancy Dress gears up for the London 2012 Olympics Games with a specially made Best of British themed fancy dress costume category dedicated to this brilliant year for Great …

Fancy dress defying the recession ahead of Jubilee – Telegraph.co.uk

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Fancy dress defying the recession ahead of JubileeTelegraph.co.ukRecent figures from a leading online fancy dress retailer suggest that the recession is having little effect on the online shopping habits of the British public. West Yorkshire-based on …

Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress

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It is perhaps no surprise that Great Britain has gone Diamond Jubilee fancy dress crazy this weekend, with thousands of people up-and-down the country dressing up in patriotic costumes to celebrate this most monumental of events.

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Below you can see many news stories of fancy dress competitions and pageants that have taken place over the extended Bank Holiday Weekend, but apparently it is the South East that are the most patriotic of all.

Well that is the region that have bought the most Jubilee fancy dress costumes anyway, with the fancy dress retailer All Fancy Dress stating that people in Kent had spent over twice the amount on Jubilee merchandise than the national average per head. Essex and Surrey came in second and third.

There have also been some beautiful stories of pensioners dressing up to support their monarch once more, 60 years on from wearing fancy dress costumes at parties celebrating the Queen’s Coronation.

Be sure to check out the Patriotic Fancy Dress section of our site for a great selection of Diamond Jubilee fancy dress outfits.

A range of news stories about people celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne through wearing fancy dress:

All Fancy Dress Notes Considerable Jubilee Support From the South East – Sacramento Bee

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Telegraph.co.ukAll Fancy Dress Notes Considerable Jubilee Support From the South EastSacramento BeeBy AllFancyDress.com New figures from online fancy dress retailer All Fancy Dress indicate residents in South East England are the most patriotic ahead …

EastEnder Babs joins Jubilee lunch – Ilkeston Today

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Ilkeston TodayEastEnder Babs joins Jubilee lunchIlkeston TodayActress Barbara Windsor has brought a little East End cheer to a west London Diamond Jubilee street party. She joined more than 100 revellers in Ealing for a Big Jubilee Lunch with a royal …

Diamond Jubilee: ‘We had a party on all streets – now it’s just one’ – Scotsman

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ScotsmanDiamond Jubilee: ‘We had a party on all streets – now it’s just one’ScotsmanDecorated with Union flag bunting and red, white and blue balloons, the street was a hive of activities – including fancy dress, a cake competition and even a Zumba c …

I led the coronation procession: This was just one of the remarkable stories … – Daily Mail

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Daily MailI led the coronation procession: This was just one of the remarkable stories …Daily MailBy Daily Mail Reporter I was queen for day: Diane Perks from Canvey Island, Essex, now a 61-year-old grandmother, won a fancy dress competition at a C …

Wildlife Fancy Dress Is Theme At Bestival

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The theme at this year’s Bestival festival will be wildlife fancy dress, which seems to be both a fun and wide-ranging genre to choose from.

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Taking place at the Robin Hill Country Park, on the Isle of Wight, in September, perhaps this year’s fancy dress theme at Bestival is quite apt.

Without doubt one of the quirkiest of all the summer music festivals, the 10th annual Bestival event promises to continue in this tradition, especially as it appears that there will be thousands of festival goers dressed up as animals.

Make sure you check out the Animal Fancy Dress section of the site for some great ideas to wear to this year’s Bestival festival.

Here are some more news stories covering the event:

Festival line-up update – 22 May 2012 – UNLIMITED CMU

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UNLIMITED CMUFestival line-up update – 22 May 2012UNLIMITED CMUBESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, 6-9 Sep: Friday night headliner Florence Welsh will be accompanied by her ever-present Machine as the latest act added to this year’s wil …

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EntertainmentwisePhoto: WENN.comEntertainmentwiseFlorence and The Machine have been announced as the final headline act for Bestival 2012. The band have previously played at the festival and its fellow event, Camp Bestival back during the summer of 2 …

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Sugarscape(UKPA) – 24 minutes agoThe Press AssociationBestival is one of the quirkiest festivals on the UK scene and has become famous for its fancy dress party which this year has the theme of wildlife. Speaking of the latest line-up addition, Rob d …

Bull Terrier Fancy Dress

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Absolute Bull Terrier Rescue, a voluntary group that was set up to help all Bull Terriers that are down on their luck, are holding a Jubilee-themed dog funday at Eltham Park South, on June 16.

And bull terriers in fancy dress will be among the main attractions at the event.

A spokesman for Absolute Bull Terrier Rescue said:

“Over 40 English Bull Terriers in fancy dress will take part in the parade and it will certainly be a great spectacle.”

In my opinion, English Bull Terriers are simply the most wonderful dogs in the world and certainly look the best in fancy dress! ;0)

If you are looking for a costume for your bull terrier, or any other breed of dog for that matter, then make sure you check out the Dog Fancy Dress Costumes section of the website.

Here are some more news stories covering this event:

Bull terriers in fancy dress for Jubilee-themed dog funday – News Shopper

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Bull terriers in fancy dress for Jubilee-themed dog fundayNews ShopperBULL terriers in fancy dress are among the attractions of a doggie fun day next month. The event, organised by voluntary group Absolute Bull Terrier Rescue, takes place in Eltham P …

Masquerade Fancy Dress

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Masquerade fancy dress costumes originate from the masquerade ball, an event that began in the 15th Century, where the participants attended in costume wearing a mask. Masquerade balls became popular with the general public in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance and were particularly popular in Venice. It is outfits from this period that most of the modern masquerade fancy dress outfits are based on.

Below we look at a selection of masquerade ball fancy dress costumes, which have a wonderfully eloquent quality about them.

masquerade ball fancy dressAdult Fever Baroque Fantasy Costume

The Adult Fever Baroque Fantasy Costume is a beautiful example of a masquerade ball fancy dress costume that is based around a short and sexy blue dress that has a decorative blue and gold corset.

The dress of this masquerade fancy dress outfit also has an overskirt, shimmering gold paniers and a pair of blue and gold sleeves.

All you need is a wig and a Venetian mask and you’ll be ready to go to the masquerade party.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Adult Fever Baroque Fantasy outfit

masquerade fancy dress costumesFever Baroque Outfit

The Fever Baroque Outfit is another classic example of a fancy dress masquerade outfit, recreating a bygone era in a dramatic style.

These masquerade fancy dress costumes are based around a black and silver grey satin fabric dress, which is trimmed with a variety of lace. A cameo brooch is also pinned to the bodice of these masquerade fancy dress outfits.

Please note that the outfit does not come with the wig, mask or stockings shown, but these are available separately.

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fancy dress masquerade ballAdult Peacock Masquerade Costume

The Adult Peacock Masquerade outfit are masquerade ball fancy dress costumes based around a short black halter-neck dress that have blue and green peacock feather patterned panels.

The fancy dress masquerade ball costume also comes with a pair of long black fingerless gloves and a black eye mask decorated with peacock feathers.

Finally, this great value masquerade fancy dress costume includes a matching bolero and a long black necklace.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Adult Peacock Masquerade outfit

If none of the masquerade fancy dress outfits above are quite what you are looking for, then make sure you check out the Masquerade Fancy Dress Costumes section of the website.

James Bond Fancy Dress Ideas

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James Bond Fancy Dress Ideas – James Bond is one of the most well known of British heroes, so it is not surprising perhaps that James and other characters from the Ian Fleming books are popular as fancy dress outfits.

Below we look at a range of different James Bond characters fancy dress costumes:

Adult Secret Agent Costume

James Bond Characters Fancy Dress Costumes

These james bond fancy dress costumes are based around a black jacket that has faux buttons and fastens with Velcro and a pair of black trousers, which are elasticated at the waist band for comfort.

The fancy dress James Bond jacket includes a white shirt with collar with faux buttons and features padding in the shoulders, thus giving you that important powerful pose, which is of course essential for any secret agent.

The James Bond fancy dress outfits also come with a black bow tie, which is attached to the shirt and a smart and sleek red handkerchief that is attached to the jacket.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Adult Secret Agent Outfit

Fever Gold Catsuit

If you are looking for James Bond female characters fancy dress outfits then you will soon find out that unfortunately there are not currently that many about. Indeed, in our opinion the Fever Gold Catsuit is the best example of James Bond fancy dress women can find.

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The glamorous, slinky and stretchy James Bond girls fancy dress outfit is based around a golden cat suit that has a little stand up collar and a zip on the front.

At the foot of these sexy looking James Bond girl fancy dress costumes are elastic stirrups to keep the stretchy golden outfit taught.

These are the perfect James Bond fancy dress ideas for women wanting to play at being Pussy Galore at the party and come highly recommended.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Fever Gold Catsuits

Adult Deluxe Baron Samedi Halloween Costume

For those of you looking for James Bond villains fancy dress costumes, you may be disappointed to know that again there currently aren’t that many about.

james bond baddies fancy dress

Certainly, popular characters such as Odd Job, Goldfinger and James Bond Jaws fancy dress costumes are not available, but their is one James Bond baddies fancy dress that does exist!

Based on the character from the film Live and Let Die, this deluxe version of the Baron Samedi Costume is a James Bond villain fancy dress outfit that is based around a pair of black trousers and a detailed black and white jacket with white cuffs and includes a realistic latex chest-piece that has organs and bones for that extra gore factor.

The blood curdling outfit also comes with a bone necklace and a black top hat that has a white trim, a white skull print and an attached black feather.

Click on the image for a closer look at the Deluxe Baron Samedi Halloween outfit

james bond theme fancy dressTuxedo Morphsuit

We have saved the best to last with a totally new type of James Bond fancy dress ideas for men. This year the 007 of choice may well be the James Bond morphsuit.

These James Bond morphsuits are based around a black tuxedo like body suit that has attached head, feet and gloves and can be worn with shoes.

The James Bond theme fancy dress costume is bound to make you stand out at the party and what’s more you can sip your shaken not stirred martinis through the material!

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If none of the above James Bond Fancy Dress outfits are quite what you are looking for, then check out the James Bond Fancy Dress Costumes section of our site.