Dahl Day!

clock Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:13AM


As the new school year approaches, as does the influx of events planned to take place at schools across the country this academic year. A day dedicated to one of the greatest children’s authors of our time certainly feels very fitting to us here at Allfancydress.com and this is why we are encouraging you to get involved on September 13th for Roald Dahl day. 

Born in Wales on 13th September 1916, Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. A man of many talents, Dahl went on to write much loved books such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG and George’s Marvelous Medicine..

Dahl published his first children’s book, The Gremlins, in 1943. This book was even commissioned by Walt Disney but unfortunately a film was never made.  One of Dahl’s greatest successors is Charlie and The Chocolate factory. A much loved novel exploring every young child’s dream of visiting, and then eventually owning a local chocolate factory. The exciting story follows young Charlie Bucket, a child with very little, and how his warm heart wins over Mr Willy Wonka at Wonka World. The novel was such a success, it has since been made into two films, the first in 1971, and the following in 2005 – produced by Tim Burton and starring Jonny Depp. We supply multiple costumes featured in the film, including the much loved Oompa Lumpa! 

In aid of raising money for Roald Dahl’s Marvelous Children’s Charity, Dahlicious Dress Up Day is being held alongside Roald Dahl Day on September 26th. To help fill costumes with characters, our diverse range of Roald Dahl costumes will turn children around the country into their favourite character.




Guardians of the Galaxy

clock Friday, August 8, 2014 at 04:21PM

Guardians of the Galaxy is another in the massive collection of Marvel Movies! I wasn’t sure what to expect when my friends suggested we go and see Guardians of the Galaxy, having not seen many of the recent movies, but I am very glad I agreed to go and see it. The beginning of the film, I was a bit unsure of the reason it was included, but later on in the film the great importance of this is discretely revealed. Peter Quill, the main character is shown as a young boy, by his mother’s bed side as she is terminally ill with cancer. As she gives in to the cancer, Peter exits crying in hysterics and runs off into an open field where he gets abducted by a spaceship. The film fast forwards as the next scene features Quill, on an unknown planet, this is where he first gains ownership of the mysterious object the film is centred on. The film goes on to follow the story of Peter Quill (Refers to himself as Starlord) who finds himself with a very large bounty on his head after stealing a mysterious, but powerful object, highly coveted by Ronan, a very powerful villain who plans to destroy the universe. In order for Peter to stop Ronan, he is forced to work with a team of very unlikely companions – Rocket, a gun-crazy racoon; Groot, a living tree and good friend of Rocket; Gamora, daughter of the evil Ronan; and Drax the Destroyer.

Things take a bit of a drastic turn when Quill discovers what the mysterious object is and how Ronan can use it to destroy the universe. Guardians of the Galaxy is a very action packed film with lots of fight and battle scenes from hand to hand combat to air warfare, to space warfare! One very good aspect of the film is the way it adds humour, yet still upholds the storyline and manages to keep the viewer aware of the obstacles that Peter and the team must overcome to stop Ronan from completing his mission to destroy the universe and how serious the consequences will be if they fail.

At allfancydress.com, we are in the process of widening our range of costumes and bringing in a selection of costumes including a Men’s Deluxe Starlord Costume, a Boys Deluxe Starlord Costume, and a Ladies Gamora Costume. We know with the recent release of this amazing film, there will undoubtedly be a demand for these fantastic officially licensed costumes!

 I wasn’t too sure what to expect when going to see this film as I hadn’t really looked into it much, however I will say that I personally used to think that Marvel movies were aimed at a younger audience but after watching this movie, and others such as Thor, I now see that they are to be thoroughly enjoyed by people of all ages. I would highly recommend you see this brilliant new film and don’t waste any time in doing so!

Frozen's Disney Family - Infographic

clock Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 03:49PM

Have you ever wondered how Frozen is connected to other Disney animations? We at allfancydress.com are HUGE fans of the Frozen film and wanted to find out more!!

Frozen's Disney Family


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Back 2 School!

clock Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 04:01PM

As the onset of 'back to school' ads begin, parents almost forget that there are five weeks still ahead of us of the summer holidays. While it's nice to be enjoying the quality time with the kids, it's also nice to be prepping well in advance for the next school year. With the likes of Asda George releasing their bargain uniforms, suggesting lunch box menu's and revealing the hottest stationary on the market, we can't help but think something is missing.
Dressing in the same school uniform five days a week doesn't excite the majority of children, dress up days at school however very much do! And it need not be hassle for parents either, gone are the days where you must fix up an old bed sheet into a Victorian school girl costume, our wide range of historical costumes suitably fit the bill for any school dress up day.

To make matters even better, we are offering 10% off all girls and boys history costumes ahead of the influx of history themed events in school. With an array of costumes covering the Tudor period to Egyptian pharaohs, parents need not worry about the last minute stress which often comes attached with these type of events.

Beat the rush and use the code 'back2school' at the checkout when ordering any history themed child's costume for the remainder of the summer holidays to receive 10% off your order. 
Like all time periods, this too comes to an end on September the 1st so order in advance to get your child top of the class. 

Follow the links below to browse our wide stock.

GIRLS HISTORY FANCY DRESS: http://www.allfancydress.com/historical-girls-fancy-dress-costumes~C680.aspx

BOYS HISTORY FANCY DRESS: http://www.allfancydress.com/historical-boys-costumes~C666.aspx




Virgin Media Festival.

clock Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 08:37PM

Our local festival, Virgin Media Festival is only one month away! With summer passing so quickly, and so many festivals to fit in, we couldnt let the amazing V festival slip away without a blog mention. Set in both Staffordshire and Chelmsford, close to home, V Festival hosts a line up of amazing acts year in and year out. Commencing in 1996, Hylands Park in Chelmsford homed acts such as Paul Weller and Pulp. Since, the festival has grown enormously in size and often boasts a range of American acts. 

This year the festival, which covers two days of music and three nights of camping, brings some unforgettable acts to our home town of Essex. Unlike Bestival, V Festival does not set a certain theme of fancy dress. We however are encouraging you to dress up in a costume which begins with the first letter of your favourite act. Although bizzare now, imagine being the one member of the crowd your idol notices. Plus it'll add a lot of laughs to your weekend and helps excuse the way you'll be looking by the end of it. 

To help festival goers along the way and contribute some inspiration, our employees have chosen their favourite act from the weekend and the costume of which they would strut their stuff in.  

Justin Timberlake...
The man is like a God, so why not dress as Jesus!  

Tinie Tempah...
Keeping in theme with a festival, a bottle of Tequila will go down nicely! 

Lily Allen...
Loopy Lily will appreciate any form of fancy dress, this Leprechaun costume will be sure to get you noticed.


Kaiser Chiefs...
This predicts a riot! King Kong Hand Costume. 

On Ya Bike!

clock Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:28AM


The annual London to Brighton Night Ride takes place next weekend, and this year, allfancydress.com are getting involved.
Organised by The British Heart Foundation, competitors cycle a grueling 65 miles commencing at Tower Bridge, London. Cycling between country lanes and city skylines, cyclists then descend upon the finishing line at Brighton Beach, the perfect place to relax after such an amazing achievement.

The British Heart Foundation have been organising bike riding events for the past 40 years, and its clear to see they have got it down to a Tee. For such a worthy cause, and such an amazing achievement, our employee, Rob Cook, is taking part in the Night Ride this year. Donning an allfancydress.com high visibility jacket and of course a helmet, Rob is hoping to raise £1000 for the British Heart Foundation.  Getting in all the practice he can, Rob has even been riding around our warehouse dressed as his favourite Tv star, The Stig, during his lunch hour.


An extraordinary charity, The British Heart Foundation funds research, care, education and awareness in preventing heart disease. After being founded in 1961, it promised many aims such as reducing the risks of developing heart disease through educating, and improving the care for those who are suffering.


If you are not much of a bike rider, The British Heart Foundation offer a multitude of other ways to get involved. You can donate, volunteer and take on a wild number of fundraising activities such as sky diving to really get the heart pumping! Get online to their website www.bhf.org.uk to find out how you can donate and contribute today. To sponsor Rob on his Night Ride, log on to his justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Cook8


Independence Day 2014.

clock Friday, June 27, 2014 at 08:08AM

Although it is something not commonly celebrated here in the UK, the declaration of independence for the United States of America in 1776 was a huge turning point in British History. After America had been discovered by British Explorers, they adopted many ways of life and became colonised by Great Britain. However, many Americans then felt that the British way of life, and particularly their methods of playing sport, did not represent true American ideologies such as Frontierism, a hard working ethic to break the frontier and succeed, and Lombardianism, winning at all costs ethic. 
Therefore, after the Westward expansion to colonialise the majority of The USA, The Declaration of Independence was introduced.

In the USA, Independence Day is usually celebrated in praise of the countries heritage, laws, society and people. It is a day that national pride is riveting through America, and a national holiday in every state. Often it will consist of family orientated days, BBQ's, Firework Displays and of course Parades.
The below video shows how Disney World, Florida, celebrated Independence Day last year.

To keep in theme with The 4th July celebrations, we have some American themed costumes on offer. 
Check out the Captain America Second Skin Costume for a fun and comfy way to celebrate Independence Day 

Or perhaps you like to stick to your British Roots, this Colonial Boy outfit presents how those who colonialised America before independence may have appeared. 

Armed Forces Day 2014.

clock Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 09:36AM

With 10 days to go untill Armed Forces Day, it is important to recognise all the amazing things that those in the Armed Forces do for us all. This day gives the opportunity to raise public awareness fo those serving in the Armed Forces, and to show support to these heros.

The Armed Forces are often not recognised for the vast amount of roles they contribute to in our society. Often on the front line of it all, we think of the soldiers, however it is important to remember the other services covered such as; promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and battling terrorism. Currently, there is around 6,000 personnel serving in Afghanistan and it is so important to be showing support through out their journey.

Recently, the 70th D-Day Anniversary celebrations took place in Normandy, hundreds of Veterans headed over to France to celebrate the D-Day victories. One Veteran, age 89, even escaped from his nursing home, and after later being reported missing, was found in Normandy! This quintessentially presents the passion and sheer commitment these Veterans and current serving members of the Armed Forces have towards our country.

There are many ways you can get involved this Armed Forces Day, if you're lucky enough to live near by to Sterling, this is where this years annual event is being held. The day in Sterling includes parades, band performances, displays by personnel and the opportunity to get a first hand look at the equipment used by different services. However, if this distance is a bit far for you, visit the Armed Forces link shown to find your nearest event. http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/events/find_your_nearest.aspx 
Or you could even hold your own event, every little bit of money raised helps to maintain the quality of work carried out by our services. To help with the spirirt of these events check out our wide range of costumes, such as the few shown below.





Brazil’s Fifa World Cup 2014 burst onto the scene with a colourful ceremony and wonderful fans

clock Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 09:12AM

The World cup is one of the most well known football tournaments in the world and many change their daily routines so they can either watch on TV or go to experience the magic of the cup. But no World Cup would be normal without any wacky fans dressing up in crazy ways for us to enjoy at home. However it wasn’t just the fans who dressed up as the opening ceremony showed. Hundreds of artists wore colourful costumes to entertain the fans and pay homage to their countries history and tradition. The majority of the performers were dressed as plants, trees and rain to represent the well known rainforests of Brazil. There were also performers who dressed up in costumes to represent footballs. Not only that, there were also performers who wore costumes to represent the different people of the country throughout the past. The ceremony showcased a wonderful amount of colour, entertainment and slight amusement for everyone around the world to enjoy.

The fans at the World cup have also been getting dressed up in numerous and funny ways. Hundreds upon hundreds of fans at each game have worn interesting and funny outfits whilst thousands more wore hats and face paint representing their team’s colours and showing patriotism (and weirdness!) at its highest level. Some fans have taken their costumes to a whole new level of weird. For example, A Dutch fan was photographed wearing a hat with some strange accessories of which the most interesting were carrots.

But that’s not all. A group of Japanese fans dressed up as bowling pins for no clear reason but they look like they’re enjoying themselves.

A Colombian supporter wore a very intriguing hat along with some great face paint. Good effort!

It’s been a great World Cup so far on the pitch and in the stands and the cup are only a few days old! Hopefully the hundreds and thousands of fans can provide us with even more weird and wonderful ways to show their support and entertain us for the rest of the competition.

Kick Off!

clock Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 02:22PM

The longly awaited World Cup 2014, has finally arrived! As the opening ceremony and first group game being hosted this evening, the next month shall be fully packed with multiple matches and celebrations. Sweep stakes galore flood offices, homes and pubs around The UK and the ultimate question of whether we will secure a 1966 victory is on everyones tounges. 

The World Cup is something which can be discussed all day, we have done a quick round up to fill you in with every vital piece of information you need to be the ultimate football fan for this commencing month of football. 


ENDS : 13.07.14 

GROUP A : Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon. 

GROUP B : Australia, Chile, Spain, Netherlands. 

GROUP C : Colombia, Greece, Japan, Cote d'lvoire.

GROUP D : ENGLAND, Italy, Costa Rica, Uruguay.

GROUP E : Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras.

GROUP F : Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

GROUP G : Germany, USA, Ghana, Portugal.

GROUP H : Belgium, Korea Republic, Russia, Algeria. 

LARGEST STADIUM : Maracana - Rio De Janerio (71, 159 capacity)

SMALLEST STADIUM : Arena Da Baixada (37, 634 capacity)

PLAYERS TO WATCH : Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Dempsey, Saurez.



Keep up to date with our twitter feed discussing all aspects of the Tournament and some chances to bag yourself some freebies! @allfancydress