Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England, since 1998. I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.
Letter Related Parties
Giving your guests a letter as a costume theme is quite common and can make for some very interesting ideas for costumes. You have a few options...
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just first name if you want to narrow their choices)
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials
- Choose 1 or 2 letters that they have to find a related costume for.
To be honest, when you first send out your invitations, many of your guests will be very confused as to what you are asking. I would suggest that in the invitation you do give them a good explanation. If your guests are confused, they may not even attempt to dress up, or worse, not attend your party.
I would also include some costume suggestions for various letters, just to get their brain cells working a bit. If you really want to help, why not print out this page, and my other hubs so you have a complete A-Z list of possible costumes?
Props n Frocks Fancy Dress has been established since 1998, and, as well as providing a huge range of hire costumes from our Essex base, we also stock a huge range of fancy dress costumes and accessories to purchase, either from our shop, or online. We also provide a large range of costume ideas and theme suggestions FREE of charge.
So, this hub will concentrate on costumes beginning with the letter V. Look further down for links to my other alphabet hubs. These days there is an increased enthusiasm for people to want to 'do something different' or create their own unique look using their own resources plus specialist items 'bought in' from other sources, I have included some ideas which are certainly not ones you can usually find 'off the peg'.and if you have any other great ideas for costumes for a letter, pop them in the comments box at the end of the relevant section and I will add them in.
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‘V’ Masked freedom fighter in the film ‘V For Vendetta’ (2005). Outfit was based on the classic Guy Fawkes look (Fawkes was an activist who, with others, plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1805). In recent years, the mask on its own has proved popular and has been adopted by many activist groups.
'V' (Sci-fi TV series) Originally seen in the mid-1980s (and 'revisited' in 2009), featuring alien visitors who seemingly 'come in peace' but have sinister intentions. Costume-wise, a space-alien variation featuring part human, part lizard.
Valeria Character from the film ‘Carry on Screaming’ played by Fenella Fielding (whose talent was somewhat unique anyway). Valeria is a cross between Morticia and Elvira with white face, heavily lashed eyes, a black beehive hair-style and sheath-like dress in velvet - black, of course.
Valkyrie In Norse folklore, one of the warrior maidens who scour the field of battle and take fallen heroes to the Halls of Valhalla. Possibly the most well known is Brunhilde, who, with her sisters, appears in Wagner’s operatic Ring Cycle. Her outfit is based on a female Viking, featuring a horned helmet and trident-like spear.
Vampire:- Creature of Slavonic myth, representing an evil spirit of the Dead returned as a bat, to drink blood and turn their victim into a vampire. Bram Stoker is said to have based Dracula (Dracul-Romanian for Devil) on a mix of Vlad the Fifth ('The Impaler') of Wallachia (15th C..) and Countess Bathori, who was arrested in 1610 for killing girls to bathe in their blood.
Vanessa Kensington Character from the first two films in the Austin Powers series, played by Elizabeth Hurley. There are three basic looks:- 1) Business Suit - Efficient PA-style with glasses; 2) Futuristic Silver Mini-Skirt & Boots; 3) Leather-look Catsuit & Belt.
Vanilla Ice a) A popular flavour of ice-cream (An ice-cream cone novelty costume is available)
b) A rapper musician, possibly best known for his hit ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ sampled in ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen & David Bowie
Vegetable Dressing as a vegetable may seem a novel idea but veg. costumes are less abundant than fruits! Chilli Pepper and Carrot costumes are fairly easy to come by, and we have seen mascot--style costumes for sweetcorn husks and broccoli.
Velmas Yes, there’s more than one, and all offer potential as a costume character:
a) Velma Kelly – Key character in the stage musical/film ‘Chicago’ who, (SPOLIER ALERT) as the show begins, has just suffered a slight domestic set-to which did not end well. Standard 1920s flapper with a period bob hair-style. A silver/white flapper outfit (plus white machine gun) , as seen in the climactic scenes, can also be used
b) Velma Dinkley – The studious, deep-thinking one from the Mystery Machine gang in the Scooby-Doo cartoons. Probably best used as one of a group of people dressed as the gang’s characters as Velma on her own might need some explanation. An official licensed costume exists.
c) Velma Von Tussle – Character in the popular stage musical/film ‘Hairspray’. Mother of Amber, the scheming drama-queen keen to win the Miss Hairspray Pageant
Venetian Ball-Goer (Male/Female) The Venetian masquerade is associated with all-encompassing robes: Either the Baùtta, featuring a black silk, or velvet robe with a hood, over which a mask and tricorne were worn, or Dominoes (a name also given to masks worn with such cloaks), which were monk-like robes with hoods, a headdress and, of course, a mask - originally in porcelain, but now in a range of materials, principally papier-mâché. These masks may be plain and featureless, or painted with elaborate designs. They are favoured over make-up, as the wearer's identity, status and sex is more easily hidden (and they are quicker/cleaner to remove when it comes to moments of passion).
Venetian Masked Carnival Goer Aside from the characteristic elaborate costumes, masks are an essential element in Venetian carnival, being great levellers of class. Not all need be extravagantly decorated: The volto or larva is a plain white or black mask with only eye-holes and mouth cut-out, worn with a simple bautta hooded cape (Masks in this style were featured in the Tom Cruise/.Nicole Kidman film 'Eyes Wide Shut') . On the other hand, the long ‘beaked’ mask is characteristic of the ‘zanni’ and also the ‘medico della peste’ (plague-doctor) whose costume of wide brim hat, linen tunic and long stick represents the times when Venetians were ravaged by infections from the lagoon in which Venice sits.
Ventriloquist & Dummy A potential couple costume, with one partner as the ventriloquist and the other as the dummy. Costumes for the couple will depend upon who plays what role, but for the ventriloquist, a tail-coat or evening wear may be suitable, whilst a mask or doll-style make-up may be required for the dummy. An off-the-peg outfit based on an undertaker and dummy exists.
Venus Roman Goddess of Beauty and Sensual Love, Mother of Cupid. (Feast Day: 1st April). The equivalent of Greek Aphrodite. Romans regarded her as founder of their race. Costume may involve a body-stocking and long blonde hair, or Roman robes with appropriate accessories.
Venus Fly Trap Some may recall a TV sitcom DJ from WKRP Cincinnati of this name, but for most, a Carnivorous plant noted for its broad ‘hinged’ leaf-endings with bristled edges which snap shut on insects lured by the nectar within. Audrey, the plant from ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a variation. Although we know of no ‘official’ trap-plant costumes, an ingenious party-goer could improvise a version and perhaps go with a partner dressed as a fly.
Veronica Lake Film star and pin-up model of the 1940s. She specialised in ‘femme fatale’ roles and was famous for her curtain-like ‘peek-a-boo’ hairstyle. The character Jessica Rabbit in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ was modelled on her look.
Vestal Virgin In the Ancient World, many Gods had temples or shrines located in Rome, tended by dedicated staff. Vesta was the virgin Goddess of the Hearth (and its fire) and her ‘attendants’ were probably the most famously dedicated: Six maidens of spotless virtue were chosen to tend the sacred flame brought by Aeneas from Troy. The girls were selected between the ages of six and ten and then served a term of thirty years. Any virgin who ‘fell’ during this time was buried alive. Thus a Vestal Virgin is dressed in pure white robes with a simple hair-style.
Vet Simple costume for the ‘cosplay-shy’. White doctor or medical gown plus a plush soft toy, or partner dressed as an animal of some kind.
Vicar In Britain, local religious minister, usually of the C of E (Church of England) faith, best known for his ’dog-collar’ neckwear (in practice a black close-fitting collar with a white front-piece) worn both when off and on duty. Alternatively, any pseudo-religious-style costume worn for a ‘Vicars and Tarts’ event.
Victoria British Queen who presided over a major period of innovation and change until her death in 1901. Although hers was one of the longest reigns, the black ‘mourning-style’ outfit with white lace and head-dress (from the period when she virtually disappeared from public life in mourning for her husband, Prince Albert) is best known.
Victorian Bather Victorians wore all-in-one, all-encompassing bathing suits, females often changing into them in ‘bathing-machines’ (wheeled huts which could be moved down to and into the water).
Victorian Boy There are normally two styles of Victorian boy that are usually required. One is the ‘Ragamuffin Urchin’ look as portrayed by characters such as the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist. The other is the ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’ style.
Victorian Carol Singer (Male) Dickensian style frock suit & caped overcoat, lantern and song sheet.
Victorian Carol Singer (Female) Victorian dress, fur trimmed cape, fur muff, bonnet, lantern and song sheet.
Victorian Female Whereas in Elizabethan times the farthingale proved popular, during the reign of Queen Victoria the Crinoline, a circular fabric cage, was to become the standard. These varied in size and shape throughout her reign, and the less-restrictive bustle and waterfall skirt approach becoming the fashion at the end of the Nineteenth Century.
Victorian Girl As with the Victorian Boy, the Victorian Girl comes in two separate categories. Firstly, there is the long dress with over-apron and mop cap approach. Secondly there is the quality costume worn by the upper classes. In many cases this reflected a miniature version of the style of clothing worn by the Victorian Females. If all else fails, an Alice costume will quite often fit the bill.
Victorian Male Upper classes feature Morning Suit, Frock Suit and Evening suit with winged collars and cravats, whilst the working classes would be seen in rough trousers, or breeches, collarless shirt, neckerchief and cap.
Viking The Vikings, in their role of conquerors, were not known for their subtlety. They are usually depicted heavily armed with axes or swords.The costume comprises coarse material trousers, fur cape or jerkin, tunic or tabbard. Helmet (usually horned) with or without plaited hair!
Village People Pop group from the late Nineteen-Seventies and early Nineteen-Eighties, with hits such as ‘YMCA’ and ‘In the Navy’. Favourite group characters for themes on those eras and Karaoke nights. Biker:- Black leather cap, jacket and trousers; Motor-cycle cop:- Helmet & Raybans, pale blue shirt and chinos jeans; Indian:- Feathered head-dress, buckskin Indian-wear; Cowboy:- Hat, red western shirt, jeans, chaps; Sailor:- White doughboy hat and sailor-suit; Construction Worker:- Check shirt, hard hat and jeans.
Villain As many have observed, the Baddies often have more fun, and just possibly the client might want to be wicked for once. Villainous alter-egos might include Blofeld, (from the Bond movies), Dick Dastardly (from Wacky Races) who was modelled on Professor Fate from ‘The Great Race, Doctor Evil (nemesis of Austin Powers), and The Joker, or the Riddler, or any of Batman's foes.
Villainess In the female fiend department, aside from Catwoman whose villainy is debatable, we have Cruella de Vil and Maleficent from the Disney stable, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn amongst Batman's female foes, and Medusa , Queen Mab, Queen of Fairies and the White Witch of Narnia from Fantasy and Myth
Vina The Orion Slave Girl from the original series of Star Trek (She featured in the end credits, and others of her species have turned up in others of the spin-off Star Trek series' and Star Trek films). For the client wanting a more back-to-basics 'costume', this essentially a green-skinned girl in a belly-dancer costume. Skin colour and markings can obviously be changed for different aliens.
Von Trapps Austrian family of singers whose story was dramatised for the stage-show/musical/film ‘The Sound of Music’
Voodoo Doll Although the Voodoo Doll has a specific purpose (you stick pins into an effigy made in the likeness of your victim to cause him/her pain), cute toys with a demonic side have featured regularly throughout horror media (Karloff's 'The Devil Doll', also ‘Chucky’ and ‘Bride of Chucky’). Several costumes on this theme are available on the market and it is a costuming opportunity to go OTT with style.
Voodoo Priest/Priestess For those who fancy a spell as something a little different. Film role models include Dr Facilier in the Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’ and the ‘celebrant’ in the ceremony to sacrifice Solitaire in the Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’
Victory Captain - Lord Nelson fought the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) from HMS Victory. Wear an admiral's costume.
Vyvyan - Character from The Young Ones - First shown on BBC2 in 1982. Vyvyan is a punk with a violent type of nature. Wear ripped clothes and gelled hair with fake body piercings. There is a wide range of punk accessories to purchase on line.
Vermin - Wear a rat or mouse costume. In some countries other animals are classed as vermin, for example Kangaroos in Australia
Vicky Pollard - character from the television series Little Britain. She wears a pink tracksuit top, blue tracksuit bottoms and is rather rotund with he blonde hair tied up into a high ponytail.
Viceroy Butterfly - Butterfly orange in colour. We stock a beautiful ladies butterfly outfit (see image) that is ideal for this costume.
Virgil - The pilot of Thunderbird 2 from 'Thunderbirds', First shown in the mid 60's. Licensed costumes are available to purchase, or alternatively wear an American Air Force uniform.
Versailles Queen - Palace where Marie-Antoinette lived. Wear a Georgian style costume with ornate white wig.
Voorhees (Jason) - Character from the horror film franchise Friday The 13th. Licensed costumes and accessories are available to purchase
Victoria Beckham - Wife of David Beckham and former Spice Girl. Tends to wear black tight fitting clothing, slick dark hair and never smiles. A cardboard picture-mask is widely available to help with this impersonation.
Vader (Darth) - Villain from Star Wars. first film was released in 1977. Licensed costumes are available to purchase
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