Dec 29, 2010

New Year's Eve Accessories You Can't Live Without

Whether you are staying close to home or heading out for a big night on the town, you're going to need some flair! It is New Year's after all!

Besides hiding those blood-shot eyes on New Years day, these eye glasses are a good laugh and dress-up any outfit for your night out:
Happy New Year Sunglasses
Top Hat Sunglasses
Wine EyeGlasses

Beer Goggles
Beer Hat

Add a touch of class to your eyes with some glittery lashes:
Sequin Eyelashes
Sparkle Eyelashes
Gold Eyelashes
Diamontes Eyelashes

Top it all off with a Top Hat:
Black Top Hat
Sparkle Top Hat
Cocktail Top Hat
Feather Headband

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Dec 23, 2010

TV & Movie Character Costume Ideas

Have an event to go to? Can't decide what to dress up as? Got a few friends in the same boat? Well, we've got you covered! Check out our growing list of Group Costume ideas and click through to the Blog posts included for more info and ideas. These ones are all based on TV shows and movies. Drop us a line if there is something you'd like to see more of!

The Jetson's
Everyone's favourite space age family. A great costume for a group of 4. See our Blog Post on The Jetson's Group Costumes
Elroy Jetson Costume Judy Jetson Costume George Jetson Costume Jane Jetson Costume

The Wizard of Oz
Check out this post on costumes for a Wizard of Oz group fancy dress. The great thing about this idea is that the number of people can vary up to 6 people, more if you want to throw some flying monkeys or munchkins into the mix!

Dorothy Costume Scarecrow Costume Lion Costume Tin Woman Costume

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This movie transformed the playing field with its risque story line for the 70s, bringing cross-dressing to the big screen and bringing us some great party and costume ideas. For more details, check out this blog post on the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Frank N Furter Magenta Riff Raff Columbia.

Star Wars
Six movies later, there are so many Star Wars characters out there you could populate a galaxy far, far, away! Here are a few of our favourites though. Watch for a post soon on the complete range of Star Wars costumes on offer at Costume Box.
Clone Trooper Costume Darth Vader Costume Jedi Robe Costume Princess Leia Costume

Ghost Busters
"Who you gonna call?" These Ghostbuster costumes come with inflatable backpacks and guns... cool! You can drum up a bunch of friends to dress as ghosts or Stay-Puft Marshmallow Men, and zap them for kicks.
Ghostbuster Costume Ghostbuster Plus Size Costume Sexy Ghostbuster Costume Ghost Costume

Star Trek
Space, the final frontier... and an excuse to put on some pointy ears and say "Beam me up, Scotty!" all night. Here are a few costumes from Star Trek, for more info, check out our post here: Star Trek Costumes. 

Captain Kirk Costume Spoke Costume Scotty Costume Ulura Costume

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Dec 20, 2010

Top Shelf Collectors Edition Costumes

There are a ton of Officially Licensed costumes on the market these days. With costume suppliers like Rubie's on the ball to release characters for everything from Avatar to Zorro, you can rustle up a Beetlejuice or Ghostbuster for anywhere between $40 to $100. They look pretty good, and definitely do the job for your everyday fancy dress needs, but every once in a while there's a costume you just don't want to settle for less than the best on.

If you are looking to make a serious impression, or fancy yourself a collector, you've got a few options. You can register with Christie's, the auction house, and wait for the original costume you've had your eye on to come up. This can be expensive - the pistol held in a movie poster for the Bond film From Russia With Love recently sold for $415,000. Or you can buy a new house, and order one of Rubie's Grand Heritage Collection costumes with the left-over change. Available from online retailers like Costume Box, these are usually made with solid materials, based more closely off the original set costumes, and worth the price if you are a serious fan.

Top Selling  Collector's Costumes at Costume Box:

1. Batman - Dark Knight
"You wanted me, here I am." This thing is bomber! It comes with a black under-armour bodysuit, molded chest and leg armour, gauntlets, utility belt, black satin cape, boot covers, and a full over-the-head mask. The cape is deluxe: double sided heavy satin with two rods sewn into the front to act as handles so you can animate your actions. You might catch yourself climbing onto the roof after dark, looking for trouble! Check here for sizing and shipping options.

2. Darth Vader - Star Wars
"The force is strong with this one!" Vader and Batman have a lot of similarities: both are black, wear capes and helmets, and talk kinda funny... but Darth Vader carries a light sabre! Score! This costume includes a jumpsuit with faux-leather pants and sleeves, flaring cape designed from Lucas Studios original patterns, gauntlets, heavy duty injection molded plastic armor pieces: collar, shoulder guards, boot tops, chest piece, and belt. The mask and helmet are cast from the original Lucas Studio molds! How good! They even throw in a Breathing Device, so you can block out Batman talking in that low, raspy voice! 

3. Imperial Storm Trooper - Star Wars
Admit it, you've said to yourself "I need a proper Stormtrooper costume" at least once in your life! Okay, maybe you were 12 when you said it, but now you're an adult and no one is going to tell you what to spend your paper route money on! This suit is made of durable, injection molded plastic with a black under-armour jumpsuit and gloves. The helmet is a Collector's Edition, and features foam inserts for comfort. Click here to see what comes in the box!

4. Chewbacca - Star Wars
"It's not wise to upset a wookie!" And why would you want to? So cute and furry... You'll be getting hugs from the ladies all night in this costume! It's a definite show stopper, with a full body suit and mask that are completely covered with hand layered, multi-coloured faux-fur. Includes the head mask and latex gloves and comes with Chewie's signature sash and pouch. What do you think he keeps in there? Check out this YouTube video to see a guy suiting up in it, looks pretty sweet! 

Just for Kicks - Darth Vader Dancing with a Stormtrooper:

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Dec 17, 2010

Rocky Horror Picture Show - 35 Years Later, Still A Great Costume Idea

Originally released in 1975, there is likely a generation or two that has missed out on the cultural significance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but there is no denying it's place in history. It is the longest running film release ever - full stop. There are cinemas that have never pulled it from their listings in over 35 years! It started out as a stage production in 1973, written by Kiwi Richard O'Brien. Within 2 years it was on the big screen, and shortly after that became one of the first midnight movies to play regularly, and where audience members took cult following to a new level: introducing props and singing along at key points in the movie. Check out the RHPS Virgin Guide if this is new to you!

The story follows two stranded travellers who come to spend the night in a castle with some gender-bending hosts. At the time it was highly provocative, exploring some gay and transgender themes that had never been the focus of a movie. There is alot of singing and dancing, all done with a dose of comedy of course. This all makes for a great theme party with many recognizable costumes!

The full cast of Rocky Horror is fairly large, but here are the main subjects that seem to have flair worthy of their own Officially Licensed Costumes, available at Costume Box:

Frank N. Furter - the flamboyant scientist from Transylvania that is coincidentally a transvestite (hence the stockings and pearls). Frank owns the castle the travellers, Brad and Janet, take refuge in when stranded, and offers up more than your average host. This costume is made for men, so you don't have to up size. Just add shoes and pearls. If you don't rock this costume once in your life, you just haven't lived!
Frank N Furter Wig
Columbia - a tap dancer with a thing for Frank. This costume comes with everything but the shoes, sold separately. Jacket, tube top, shorts, bow tie and top hat! Who doesn't love a costume that includes a top hat!
Columbia CostumeColumbia Wig

Riff Raff - Frank's handyman around the castle, and general creepy looking dude. His sister, Magenta, also works for Frank as a maid. The suit for this costume includes everything you see in the photo, except shoes: black tailcoat, white shirt front, pants, spats, fingerless gloves, and wig. Creepy.
Riff Raff Costume Riff Raff Wig
Magenta - Riff Raff's sister, and maid of the castle. Big hair. Enough said. Pair up this wig with a French maid outfit and you'll be ready to do the Time Warp.
Magenta Maid Costume Magenta Wig
Rocky Horror Make-Up Kit - Everything you need to perfect the quintessential 70's feel of the Rocky Horror look is here: glitter gel, foundation, lip stick... the show is narrated by a set of luscious lips, and has become an icon for the movie, so don't skimp on the lipstick!
Rocky Horror Make Up Kit

The music of Rocky Horror was hugely popular at the time, and still is. It hit the Top 40 in the U.S. and Australia, and reached Top 10 in New Zealand. The music site All Music gave it a 5/5 star rating, noting 4 of it's songs as exceptional timeless classics. The Time Warp is the most famous, of course, with its own dance moves even:

Download the entire Soundtrack for Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bigpond if you don't have it in your collection already.

It's great to watch this in the comfort of your living room, but seeing it in a theatre is a next-level experience. In 1977 midnight showings of Rocky Horror started popping up, with crowds arriving in costume and armed with props they'd introduce during scenes: water guns for when it is raining, etc. The official Rocky Horror website has a listing of props and actions so you can prepare in advance.

This is one of those movies that appears at outdoor cinemas and repertoire theatres often, so keep an eye on Events sections in the local paper or check out Eventful in your area.

Showings in Australia & NZ at the time of posting:
  • Sydney: starting in February 2011, the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington will be featuring midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, presented by Uber
  •  In Christchurch, packages through The Marquee Hotel offer a dinner theatre experience - click here for details and bookings.
  • has a showing listed in Melbourne until 25 January, get in there!

  • Flix 66 recently posted a Review of the Blu Ray edition of the movie, which has some cool features like a picture-in-picture of the movie with audience participation, sing-along lyrics, and alternative versions.

Anyone that watches TV will know that the show Glee loves to incorporate any musical icons into its storyline. They featured a Rocky Horror episode around the time of the shows 35th anniversary. Here's a clip...

There is a heap of info online, check out the official site for more:

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