Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Flapper Costumes

Flapper costumes are instantly recognisable and perfect for your next costume party! Whether you have a 1920's party to go to, an era's party or a decades party, you'll be the bees knees in a flapper costume!

Flapper in the 1920's was a term applied to a "new breed" of young Western women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was considered acceptable behaviour. Flapper's beaviour was considered outlandish at the time and redefined women's roles. The image of flappers were young women who went by night to jazz clubs where they danced provocatively, smoked cigarettes through long holders and openly drank alcohol, a defiant act in the American period of Prohibition.

In addition to their irreverant behaviour, flappers were known for their style, which largely emerged from French fashions, especially those pioneered by Coco Chanel, the effect on dress of the rapid spread of American jazz, and the popularization of dancing that accompanied it.

The flapper style made girls look young and boyish: short hair, flattened breasts and straight waists accentuated it. Flapper dresses were straight and loose, leaving the arms bare and dropping the waistline to the hips. High heels also came into vogue at the time, reaching 2-3 inches. Boyish cuts were in vogue, especially the bob cut. Finger waving was used as a means of styling. Hats were still required wear and popular styles included the Newboy Cap and Cloche Hat. Jewelry usually consisted of art deco pieces, especially many layers of beaded necklaces.

Flapper Fabulous 1920's Deluxe Womens Costume

The evolving flapper look required heavy make-up in comparison to what had been previously been acceptable. With the invention of the metal lipstick container as well as compact mirrors bee stung lips came into vogue. Dark eyes, especially Kohl-rimmed, were the style. Blush also came into vogue.

Flapper - 1920's Womens Costume - Red

Although the appearance typically associated now with flappers (straight waists, short hair and a hemline above the knee) did not fully emerge until about 1926, there was an early association in the public mind between unconventional appearance, outrageous behaviour, and the word "flapper".

20's Cutie Flapper Womens Costume

You'll be the cat's meow in one of our Flapper Costumes!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Perfect Party Costume... THE PANDA.

Ever wanted to dress up as a panda for a fancy dress party? We know we have! Pandas make perfect costumes for parties with an animal theme, jungle theme, 'P' theme, black and white theme, funny costume theme and heaps more! And besides their usefulness for wearing to parties, a panda costume makes for great everyday attire!
Cute Panda Costume!
Everybody always dresses up in gorilla costumes, but we want to know... Why not panda costumes?! These cute creatures make for a great costume, and look so good in black and white!

Cutest Panda Yet!
How cute is this baby! Dress up your little munchkin, and raise awareness for pandas!
Have your own panda costume!
There's nothing like dressing up as panda for your next trip to the zoo! Come on, we dare you!

Panda costume not your thing? Plenty more animals where those came from! Browse through our Animal Costumes.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Decorations for You and Your Furry Friends.

Not only can you decorate your tree and home this year, here at Costume Direct we recommend you decorate your pet too!

How cute are these two Christmas Pet costumes!

Christmas Pet Elf Costume

Christmas Pet Santa Costume

Check out these cute Christmas Decorations for you to adorn your house with!

Giant Christmas Stocking

Christmas Standing Characters (SO CUTE!)

Christmas Cushions

Santa Door Cover
Christmas Wine Bottle holders
Here at Costume Direct, the more decorations the merrier.  Have a look at these fabulously decorated houses!

So decorate your household and everyone in it this christmas with fabulous Costume Direct Christmas Accessories!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Christmas is on the Way!

Christmas is rapidly approaching which means we need to start thinking about putting up the Christmas tree, buying presents for anyone and everyone, decorations, Christmas cards, wrapping and of course your Christmas staff party

Here at Costume Direct, we can be your one stop costume shop to fulfill all your family Christmas costume fantasies. 

Father Christmas for dad

Mrs. Clause for mum
Little Elves for the kids

 Maybe you're looking for something to wear to your Christmas staff party this year?

Santa's little helper

Crazy Christmas Elves

Do you work in retail and want to spread a bit of Christmas cheer?

Christmas Apron

Elf Hat
Santa Sack

As Christmas is still 2 months away, we're just getting started, giving you a little taste of what is to come...  Here at Costume Direct we love ANY excuse to dress up but here are a few of our Christmas favourites! 

Ginger Bread Girl

Polka Dot Christmas Helper

Classic Christmas Elf
What do you think?