All posts tagged: Fancy dress

Rate the Dress: Pink bows at the masqued ball

Last week I presented a 1920s frock with lace and geometry, and you didn’t like it much.  In fact, what you really didn’t like was the only part I found interesting: the lattice.  But I can’t tell you exactly how much you didn’t like it because I used my weekly maths adding quota up on marking student papers, ‘kay? This week, I present a masquerade themed Rate the Dress.  We can tell it’s a masquerade costume because she has a mask.  Also, she’s at the masquerade, and it’s called Venetian Lady at the Masqued Ball. In addition to a mask, our pretty Venetian is very fond of matching: she’s got a profusion of picot-edged pink bows which perfectly match her pink skirt, and the delicate pink piping of her bodice. Even her black mitts are trimmed with matching pink ruffles. The only things that aren’t pink and black are her white undersleeves, and her mad feather-bedecked hat. So, dear readers, there are two important questions to answer here.  First, what do you think she is …

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  Hope you are all having a delightful holiday with lots of inventive costume fun-ness, apples to bob for, caramel corn, doughnuts on strings and other delicious old-fashioned treats. Do you need some last minute costume inspiration?  Let’s look at some suggestions from a 1930s Bestway Fancy Dress and Carnival Costumes catalogue. Would you go as a ‘Flower’, a ‘Clown’, or ‘May Day’? Or perhaps you want to lord it over ‘May Day’ as the ‘May Queen’, go as a different variant of the clown look in ‘Hoop-La’, or throw political correctness to the wind as a ‘Red Indian’? A more acceptable form of national dress might be ‘Tyrolean’, or you can avoid cultural issues altogether as a generic ‘Peasant’ (I’d love to see the kid who dreams of being a peasant for Halloween).  Slipping even lower on the social scale is the ‘Charwoman’ costume, and slipping between the sheets is the adorable ‘Lavender Bag’ (sorry, that sounds wrong). How about an adorable ‘Kitten’ (or Black Cat, if that’s how you play it), ‘Drummer …

Rate the Dress: Fancy dress for 1830

The Halloween run-up purple and black dress from last week was very divisive.  You either loved the dress, or hated it.  One thing you did agree on though: the fringe was not good.  Perhaps my anti-fringe stance has influenced all of you after all!  The pro-black and purple-ites won a slight victory, bringing the rating in at 6.7 out of 10 Last week I gave a taste of the season, and I promised a proper Halloween Rate the Dress for this week, but when I came to pick something, I realised what a mistake my promise was!  How was I ever to live up to last year’s Victorian Batgirl?  How was I ever to find something else that was said ‘Halloween’ so clearly, that was from a different period (because the whole point is variety), and that wasn’t so historical that the costume would make no sense from a modern perspective. So I thought about the timeless trends in costuming: things that make Halloween costumes Halloween costumes, and it boiled down to three things: scary, …