Are You Looking For Costumes Starting With The Letter J?
The world is divided between those people who have a costume party with no theme (and guests wish there was, because they're spoilt for choice at the costume store) and those who have a party with a theme (and guests wish it didn't because there's this cool costume they've always wanted the chance to buy/hire). Can't win!
A party based on a particular letter of the alphabet, which in the current case we shall call 'J,' has a lot going for it. The great advantage with having a letter as a theme is that guests are less restricted: They can work within their chosen budget, be as creative or conservative as they wish and with J being a mid-range, not over-used letter like those vowels that get everywhere, there's a good range of possibilities, some of which we aim to demonstrate below. It's not a comprehensive list, but you can use it to give your guests ideas (if they need them). We do update it from time to time and we're always open to suggestions for additions in order to help others further.
Joseph - A well known Biblical character, father of Jesus Christ in a Nativity play, he wears a traditional full-length Arabian-style robe. Alternatively, you can go as a couple Joseph & Mary (before of after the birth, with appropriate props). A different Joseph is the hero and a leading character in a Rice/Lloyd Webber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The multi-colour/technicolour dreamcoat can take the form of a multi-striped full length Arabian-style robe or a more patchworked design. One can accessorise with a Shepherd's Staff.
Jenson Button - British formula 1 racing driver. Use a racing driver costume
Jackson (Michael) - You can purchase various costume for Michael Jackson, notably the white suit of the 'Billie Jean' cover or the red Thriller outfit, so this should be a fairly easy costume to put together. If there are a group of you, you could all wear white 70's suits and go as The Jacksons.
Jetsons - The space-age counterparts to the stone-age Flintstones. Licensed costumes for the female characters(Jane, the mother and Judy, the teenage daughter) are available for this futuristic cartoon television series of 1962)
Josephine - Wife to Napoleon, and French Empress 1796 to 1809. Noted for her popularisation of the 'Empire line' style dresses, we have Victorain style dresses for hire to enbale you to portray this character, and why not accessories with a wig to complete your outfit? You can also go as a couple Napoleon and Josephine.
Julius Ceasar (c.100-44BC) - Another of the legendary leaders of Ancient Times, and probably Italy's best known historical figure - his military stratergy and tenacity were legendary. Unfortunately, political rivalry and pursuit of power, caused his downfall and he was assassinated.The toga was the traditional dress for Romans and you can accessorize your outfit with laurels and Roman sandals, this approach to the costume being possibly more appropriate and recognisable than the more military armour option.
Jester - Jester is a joker, jokester, fool, wit-cracker, prankster or buffoon was a person employed to tell jokes and provide general entertainment, typically by a European monarch. Two of him are also found in a pack of playing cards. Jesters thought to have worn brightly coloured clothes and eccentric hats in a varied pattern. Their hats were especially distinctive; made of cloth, they were floppy with three points, each of which had a jingle bell at the end. The three points of the hat represent the donkey's ears and tail worn by jesters in earlier times. Another thing distinctive about the jester was his mock scepter, known as a bauble. You can hire as well as buy a costume and accessorize your outfit with face paint, using it to either paint on a broader smile and accentuate the eyes or copy the multi-colourways costume design with a similarly decorated face
Jesse James(September 5, 1847 - April 3, 1882) - An American outlaw, Wild West legend, gang leader, bank, stagecoach, train robber and murderer from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Popularised in the movies, a cowboy outfit would consist of chaps, matching waistcoat, bandana and a Stetson hat. One can accessorize the outfit by adding a rifle, guns, spurs, bootlace tie and a moustache.
Jack The Ripper - A Victorian serial killer, active in the largely impoverished districts in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper. The style of costume would be of Victorian Gentleman which you can hire and accessorize with cape, top hat, gloves and a small medical bag.
Jackie Onassis Kennedy - One of the most iconic female figures from 20th century America, she married John F Kennedy (JFK), the President of America who was assassinated on 22nd November 1963 in Dallas, Texas. As the First Lady, a title bestowed on a wife of the President of America, she wore designer outfits that were loved by the paparazzi and in her day she was a fashion trend-setter. One of her notable outfits was a pink 2-piece classic suit which consisted of pillbox hat, jacket and a pencil skirt. You can hire and accessorise by adding white gloves and big round sunglasses.
Jack Sparrow - Captain Jack Sparrow is a leading character from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films, portrayed by Johnny Depp. He is also the subject of a children's book series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, which chronicles his teenage years and the character's image was introduced into the theme park ride that inspired the films. The character has also appeared in numerous video games. One can hire or buy a complete costume or put one together generally consisting of jacket, shirt, belt, trousers, over boots and a hat. You can accessorise with wigs, sword, pistol, telescope and pirate map.
James Bond - Fictional character James Bond 007 was created in 1953 by Ian Fleming, a writer who featured the now world famous Bond, in twelve novels and two collections of short stories. Bond is perhaps, better known from the successful and long running film franchise. The first of these was "Dr. No" in 1962.
A suitable costume might consist of a tuxedo/sharp suit and tie or bow-tie with a gun and shoulder holster, fake cigarettes and any number of gadgets. Even a skin-diving suit could be considered (Thunderball) or a naval uniform (The Spy Who Loved Me). Consider also some of his guises throughout the films - Sheikh (The Spy Who Loved Me); Scotsman (OHMSS) and Astronaut (Moonraker). Some of these items are available to hire or buy.
There have also been many other films influenced by Bond; these including the "Matt Helm" films with Dean Martin as the main character, "Johnny English", the "Flint" series with James Coburn, and. of course, the "Austin Powers" series with Mike Myers. Bond-style secret agent series' such as "I Spy","Get Smart" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." were also popular In the 60s and have also been turned into movies.
Some more costume ideas...
Jack Nicholson - Actor famous for playing many great characters including The Joker in the Tim Burton 'Batman' film, a Naval Officer in 'A Few Men' and caretaker Jack Torrance in 'The Shining'. Careful with that axe!
Janis Joplin - This character has been suggested in one of the comments. Whilst undoubtedly a great R&B/Soul singer who passed too early, we're not sure of a signature 'look'. Undaunted, our Halloween department has suggested a zombie ghoul version - Janis Choplin. This could go well with other undead Greats such as Bloody Holly, Johnny Rotting and the Spice Ghouls.
Jack O'Lantern - American name for a carved out pumpkin. Wear a standard pumpkin costume
The character 'Jack Skellington' from 'Nightmare Before Christmas' is based on elements of the Jack o'Lantern and Pumpkin King of Halloween.
Jack - Male character of the nursery rhyme ' Jack & Jill' (the ones who climbed a hill for water). One could wear Alpine Lederhosen. 'Jack' is also the alternative name for the Knave in a pack of cards, the Knave of Hearts featured in another nursery rhyme as a jam tart thief.
Jill - Female counterpart to Jack in the nursery rhyme 'Jack & Jill'. Wear a wench style of costume (or an alpine style 'Heidi' outfit if Jack has opted for the lederhosen.
Jack Frost - Either go as the David Jason's detective character, or as the anthropomorphic character that covers the ground with frost. Wear all white (white wigs are available) and maybe attach plastic icicles (christmas) decorations to help to create the required look. With reference to the previous entry, a Jack Frost can be accompanied by a Jill Chill for a party event.
Juliet - From Shakespear's Romeo & Juliet. Wear a ladies medieval costume
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Jack Ketch - Generic name for a hangman. Derived from the London Hangman of 1678. Wear black trousers and a hood. Needs an axe to complete this costume
Jane - Tarzan's female companion. Use fur or you may find a cavewoman costume will suffice. Jane has appeared in many of the Tarzan remake films with various looks, most notorious being Bo Derek's version from 1981's 'Tarzan the Ape Man'
Jane Seymour - Third wife of Henry VIII and the only one to bear him a son. Wear a Tudor costume.
Also a British actress best known for 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman' TV series and playing the role of Solitaire, the Tarot clairvoyant, in the Bond film 'Live and Let Die'
Jason - Choose either Jason & the Argonauts, and wear a greek style costume, or, Jason from the cult 'Friday the 13th'' films. Wear a boiler suit and a hockey mask.
Jeannie - Character from 'I Dream Of Jeannie' television programme (1960s). Wear a belly dancer / genie costume
Jedi Knight- Characters from Star wars. Best known are Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gonn Jinn, first seen in Star wars: The Phantom Menace. Darth Vader is a Jedi who has gone to the 'darkside'. Costumes are available. We also sell a brown hooded cloak that would suffice for Obi Wan or Qui Con Jinn.
Jesus - Founder of Christianity. Costume open to interpratation but we do stock a Jesus costume
Jessie - Character in Toy Story 2. Normally she wear black and white chaps but most peole will just wear a ladies cowgirl costume. A red cowgirl hat may be useful.
Jethro Tull - Inventor of the agricultural seed drill. Wear a medieval peasant costume.
Jimi Hendrix - Singer who died in 1970. Basic image includes: Afro wig, denim trousers, mad psychedelic shirts, plus a guitar (yes, we stock inflatable guitars if you don't have the real thing!)
Jockey - Wear white or beige trousers (jodhpurs if possible) and a silk top and a riding hat. A short whip will complete the look. Costumes are available to purchase
Johann Sabastian Bach (1685-1750) - Classical composser. You should wear a perriwig (similar to a Barister wig), frock coat, waistcoat and breeches.
John Lennon Member of the Beatles. Assassinated in New York on 8th December 1980. Wear any of the Beatles style costumes that are available to purchase. Complete the costume with dark round glasses. You could also use a hippy costume as John Lennon did go through a 'hippy' stage.
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John McEnroe - Tennis player. Wear tennis whites, use a sweat headband and hold a tennis racket.
John Steed - Character from British TV series The Avengers (not to be confused with the more recent Avengers from Marvel Comics). Wear a smart suit, bowler and make sure you carry an unbrella to complete the outfit.
Judge - Traditionally wear a red robe, judge wig and a gavel. Wire- rimmed glasses will help to complete the required look. Some countries wear a black robe and you could wear a headteachers robe.
Judy - Battered wife of Punch from the famous British seaside puppet show. Wear a peasant / wench costume and hold a baby. Use a puppet/doll make-up to accentuate features for a theatrical look.
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AdeleW (author) on March 13, 2013:
@anonymous: Thanks for that - entry duly corrected!
anonymous on October 13, 2012:
'Hi, just pointing out, Jason' was actually from 'Friday The 13th' movies, not 'Halloween'.
christineallen on September 28, 2012:
This is such a clever idea. That's what I love about Squidoo, coming across concepts that never would have occurred to me!
Jemma Wu on August 14, 2011:
What an interesting idea, using the first name letter! Fun lens too, thanks for sharing.
anonymous on March 16, 2011:
Indiana Jones, Jelly bean, Janis Joplin...