Costume Inspiration – The Great Gatsby

With all the hype surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s latest fantastical movie, the demand for all things 1920’s has increased within the costume industry. Sophisticated glamour oozes from the newest adaptation of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby‘ – an ideal base of inspiration for a costume or themed party.

The Great Gatsby Fancy DressVisit the website for the stunning Leg Avenue Shooting Star Costume – available in sizes UK 8-12.

Carey Mulligan’s hair has been perfectly coiffured into Daisy’s signature face framing style. Don’t have a pixie cut? No problem – opt for the uber popular 1920’s Cabaret style wig, ideal for this period;

Liza Minnelli 1920's WigTo perfect the make up look in this genre, think soft lines and shimmery effects on both the eyes and cheeks. The following make up tutorial takes you through, step by step, achieving the doll-face Carrey Mulligan look with ease.

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Costume Inspiration: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Fancy Dress Costumes

A huge trend for 2012 is the Nicki Minaj Fancy Dress theme! Popular for Halloween, New Years Eve and concert attendance – the eccentric, rapping, wig wearing, fashion icon makes a great choice for Barbs & Kens and those looking to get creative and outlandish.

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The singing superstar is well know for a range of favourite looks including leopard print, the colour pink, barbie blonde and rainbow. Pick two or three of these, mix it up a bit and voila! It’s important to apply your chosen style from head to toe. A Nicki Minaj wig is imperative, think two tone, pastel pink or bleach yellow blonde. Rainbow tip nails, false eyelashes, bright pink lipstick, ghetto silver jewellery and quirky animal print accessories are all options – cheetah print, leopard print and giraffe print have all been spotted on Miss Minaj.

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Costume Inspiration: Toddlers & Tiaras

Toddlers Tiaras Fancy Dress Costume

We have to admit that the flipper enhanced smiles and dramatic tantrums displayed by the   miniature beauty queens, high on pixie stix, have made Toddlers and Tiaras one of our favourite shows. During last year’s Halloween festivities, a host of celebrities were spotted in pageant girl costumes, seemingly sharing our love of the often jaw-dropping smash hit show.

Fergie Beauty Queen Halloween Costume

With even more set to continue the trend for the Halloween 2012 season we are delighted to introduce the Leg Avenue Little Miss Supreme Beauty Costume. The pink cupcake dress with exaggerated ruffles, sash and beauty queen crown captures the look with class, style and a little tongue-in-cheek. Visit our sexy fancy dress selection for the new addition with an array of accessories readily available. Add some serious attitude, a pair of false eyelashes, some fake tan and a some cute socks to complete the look.

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To replicate the show-stopping, laugh out loud look achieved by The Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie – visit our costume wigs category for the fantastic Toddlers & Tiaras Pageant Girl Wig. The blonde wig is inspired by the show’s most famous contestant – Eden Wood, sporting long ringlets, spilt fringe with large side sweep and bouffant beehive design. An award winning costume in the making – just don’t trip, remember pretty hands and feet and if you want that Ultimate Supreme trophy – SMILE as if your life depends on it!!!

Toddlers Tiaras Pageant Wig

Costume Inspiration: The Harlequin Clown

Harlequin Clown Fancy Dress Costumes

There is something rather refined, beautiful and fragile about the unique Harlequin Clown. A big trend for Halloween 2012 and appealing to our more creative customers looking for an alternative, feminine costume. Think bold black and white print, diamonds, hearts and stripes. Opt for a white base on the face and add subtle black shapes, finishing with defined lips and eyebrows. The trick is sharp, defined lines – no smudging – and a steady hand. Mix and match when it comes to tights, stockings and gloves – but keep to the three key colours – white, black and red. The harlequin clown can be as sinister as you like – this will all come across  in your make up style and the addition of costume wigs.

Visit Pinterest for a vast selection of boards inspired by the trend, for some great ideas when it comes to accessories, props, hair and make up. Check out the Womens Halloween Fancy Dress Costumes category for all harlequin themed fashion hosiery, gloves and costumes – and get creative!

Costume Inspiration: Queen Elizabeth The Bond Girl

After the roaring success of Danny Boyle’s genius and entertaining opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, a host of British characters have regained popularity among the fancy dress costume fashionistas. Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mr Bean played starring roles in the masterpiece and probably one of the most talked about moments, worldwide, was the newest Bond Girl, appearing along side a dashing Daniel Craig – Queen Elizabeth II. HRH showed great humour and surprised us all in a cameo with James Bond, then appearing to parachute from a helicopter above the stadium before her official arrival at London 2012.

Queen Elizabeth Parachute Olympics

We have already had a flock of customers snapping up our Queen Elizabeth wig to create their own Queen Bond Girl tribute fancy dress costume and we expect this to be a huge trend for Halloween fancy dress themes this year. Pair with a peach coloured granny frock and a pearl necklace for the perfect and unmistakable outfit – sure to be popular with both men and women. Find our deluxe grey Queen wig in our Celebrity Wigs collection.

Queen Elizabeth Wig

Costume Inspiration: Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse Fancy Dress Costume

Straight in from our sexy fancy dress costumes collection is the super cute Leg Avenue Sweet Miss Mischief Costume. Today’s inspiration for all things fancy dress is ideal for a famous couples themed party or the popular animal/wild life theme for 2012. The bold red and white polka dot mini dress and matching ear headband is an unmistakable tribute to the queen of Disney, and Mickey Mouse‘s other half. Pair with the white cropped gloves and convince your partner to dress as the most famous Mouse in the world for an effective entrance to any event.

Get The Look: Lady Gaga

We have all gone Gaga for Mamma Monster, her eccentric fashion choices, trend setting wigs, inspirational lyrics and ball breaking attitude. Love her or hate her the most influential singing super star of the last two years looks like she is here to stay. This of course makes Lady Gaga one of the most popular characters to dress up as for fancy dress costume parties and (we predict) Halloween 2012. The now iconic star has sported such a wide variety of looks, the choice is endless when it comes to replicating Lady Gaga’s look. You can be as creative and wild as you dare when it comes to costumes, hair and make up. Here we give you some inspirational ideas.

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Lady Gaga Fancy Dress Costumes

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The Lady Gaga Costume

Find the fabulous Leg Avenue Lightening Rocker Costume in our womens fancy dress collection. This super cool Lady Gaga inspired costume features a black wet look body suit with attached lace skirt, matching black lace sleeve and lace gauntlet gloves. The adjustable belt with prominent lightening bolt buckle completes this truly authentic looking costume.

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The Lady Gaga Tights

Our black shredded footless tights have actually been pictured on Lady Gaga herself, as part of one of the mega star’s day wear outfits. Pair the funky fashion tights with a customised ‘Born This Way’ denim jacket (a glue gun and some gem stones will do the trick), a studded beret, black cowboy boots and some fingerless fashion gloves and hey presto! One full Lady Gaga costume.

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The Lady Gaga Wigs

No Lady Gaga costume would be complete without an authentic looking Lady Gaga wig! The entertainer is well known for her love of wigs and has been pictured in both classic and unique styles in every colour of the rainbow. Rather than changing her hair colour every other day, Gaga has wigs custom made for her and she has often talked of how she designs the funkiest wigs herself! The classic blonde coloured long Lady Gaga wigs have proven to be the most popular, the style she seems to favour above all others.

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The Lady Gaga Make Up

You can find many tutorials online with step by step guides on how to achieve Lady Gaga inspired make up from all of her music videos and many of her red carpet and awards ceremony appearances. The singer loves to experiment with futuristic styles and bright colours. The video below takes you through every step of achieving the Lady Gaga Paparazzi look – one of the entertainer’s most stand out looks from one of her most impressive music videos.

Princess Style Board

Behold the Princess Style Board, featuring our Leg Avenue Blue Glitter Sequin Shoes and Leg Avenue Magic Mushroom Thigh Highs. Fancy dress costumes can be fashionable, magical and stylish all in one go while many of our accessories, particularly our charming range of shoes and trend setting stockings, are designed to be worn as part of your Saturday night outfit. Be as creative and as imaginative as you dare…….

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Bonkers Style Board

The magical world of Alice In Wonderland continues to inspire the choices of fancy dress lovers across the globe. The colourful characters sporting their oversized hats and jackets, voluminous gowns and eccentric accessories are too much to resist when it comes to picking your fancy dress theme. With magical fairy tale forests, royal lawns and retro tea parties to choose from for the perfect party back drop, the design possibilities for an unforgettable shindig are endless.

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With an array of imaginative Alice In Wonderland style stockings and tights available, ideal for the eponymous character herself, the Queen of Hearts or the Mad Hatter, your Wonderland fancy dress costume will be the star of the show.

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Draw inspiration from the creative ‘Bonkers’ style board, incorporating the wonderful madness of Alice In Wonderland, for your fancy dress costume.

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