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.
Fancy Dress 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 Q. 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.
The letter Q is rather limited in its range of costumes that you could potentially go in, we have tried to be as creative as possible with our selection below. We hope that if, in the event, you have been unlucky enough to have been given the letter Q, it does help you a bit. If you can also think of other great costume ideas for the letter Q, we'd love to know what they are, a sit will really help others who read this page.
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Quack doctor A pun costume involving a combination of a doctor’s costume and a duck’s head-mask (or perhaps duck’s bill nose accessory). The sci-fi enthusiast might opt for Ducktor Who (but then have to explain how it relates to the 'Q' theme, possibly several times (sometimes you can be too clever)..
Quaker Members of a religious group (the Religious Society of Friends) who are firmly pacifist and who prefer discussion and contemplation to the more formal services found with other religions. Many quakers were also exploratory pioneers, especially in the colonisation of America, albeit because of persecution,. Historically, they had a style of dress based on the black/white puritan style, with distinctive round black flat hats, an image seen on food-stuffs such as Quaker Oats in Britain!
Quarterback: Leading player of the ‘offensive’ team in American & Canadian Footballers. The American Football outfit may be a little specialist or bulky for some hire outlets, but there are now a number of British American Football teams.
Quality Street Characters Quality Street is the brand-name of a collection of assorted wrapped sweets usually found in boxes or tins. Prior to a redesign in 2000, the packaging featured a soldier and lady of the Napoleonic era in period costume, characters from a play called ‘Quality Street’ by JM Barrie (who later wrote Peter Pan).
Quark In science a quark an elementary particle and important element of Matter, but to many ‘Quark’ is remembered as the devious Ferengi owner of the bar and club upon the Star Trek Deep Space 9 space station. The Ferengi were supposed to be arch-enemy aliens (like the original Kilingons) but because of their appearance, including extraordinarily large ears, they instead became like intergalactic spivs and wheeler/dealers. For a time Star Trek Ferengi licensed costumes (and masks) were available but availability may now be limited either to those who ‘bought in’ whilst they were available, or from specialist suppliers.
Quasimodo The hunch-back bell-ringerfrom Victor Hugo’s book the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’. Trousers, jerkin, including hunch underneath. Wig & make-up.
Quidditch Player - Team member from the flying broomstick-based game featured in the Harry Potter books. Licensed costumes are available to purchase.
Quickstep Dancer - Wear a ballroom style of costume for ladies. Men can wear a tailcoat.
It's Time for Queen Costumes
Queen Aside from the selection below, queens occur in many historical dramas, pantomimes and as chess pieces.
Queen Amidala Character from the first of the prequels to the original ‘Star Wars’ series - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace’. She was played by Natalie Portman, although for much of the film the ‘Queen’ is actually her ‘double’, the handmaiden Sabé (Keira Knightley) In the next film (Attack of the Clones), she had stepped down from the throne to become the feisty Padme Amidala. She later also becomes an ambassador and a mother of significance.
Queen Anne (1665-1714). Queen of Great Britain from 1704. Presided over the unification of the English and Scottish Parliaments and Marlborough’s victories in the War of French Succession. Fashions and costume were from the French court at Versailles.
Queen Bee Traditionally the Queen Bee is the ‘head of house’ and mother to most of the bees in a given hive. In a broader sense, the term is often used for any authoritarian female and hence can be used as an alternative to a plain bee outfit!
Queen Elizabeth I Daughter of Henry VIII by Anne Boleyn, and one of Britain’s greatest and longest reigning monarchs. Costume is of the Tudor era, although the best known look is of the Queen in an elaborate white/silver farthingale dress complete with ruff. She is usually pictured as having red hair and a high forehead, although in later life she may have used a wig.
Queen Elizabeth II Another of Britain’s longest reigning monarchs, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee year in 2012 and helped make the Olympics Opening Ceremony memorable, with the help of James Bond! That said, the ‘costume’ is more In the form of one of several masks (both overhead and cardboard face-mask) available on the market.
Queen Nefertiti After Cleopatra, Nefertiti is probably the next best known of the female Egyptians, although, because she lived far earlier (14th Century BC), a lot less is known about her. It is thought he may have been the mother of Tutankhamun. The costume and make-up can be the same as for Cleopatra, but she is usually depicted with a different headdress, the Pschent, a red crown on a gold (or white) mitre adorned with a representation of the cobra Uraeus, symbolic of justice and protection.
Queen of Hearts:- Imperious character from Lewis Carrol’s books ‘Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass’. Costume design is best based on the traditional playing card in red, yellow, black and white, with heart motif decoration, although variations do exist, such as the outfit featured here.. She may carry a tray of tarts (or just the empty tray) and may be accompanied either by a King of Hearts (costumes not so easy to find) or a 'Knave'. See also Red Queen below
Queen of the Night A leading character in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. No off-the-peg outfits exist so far as we know but something in black, midnight blue or purple can work, coupled with a suitable headdress and dark make-up.
Queen of the Nile An alternative name for Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt and lover of Caesar and Mark Anthony. The name (or variations) is often used to market Cleo-style outfits.
Queen of Sin Keep calm! The Queen of Sin was a role taken on by Mrs Emma Peel in The Avengers episode ‘A Touch of Brimstone’. Originally made in 1965, the episode was banned in the US, and slightly censored in the UK although the QoS outfit looks quite tame by today’s standards. The principal objection wasn’t so much the tight-fitting costume (which Diana Rigg helped design), but the fact that she had a whip, knew how to use it and did so to good effect. An acceptable Queen of Sin outfit can comprise knee or thigh-length boots, fishnets, a PVC or leather-look leotard or corset, spiked collar and hair in an ‘updo’ or ponytail – oh, and a whip.
Queen Ravenna The Wicked Queen in the film 'Snow White and the Huntsman'. She has many evil ways, not least of which is rejunivating herself from the youth of other girls (like the legendary Countess Bathori did). Her name reflects the fact that one of her party-tricks involves turning into a flock of ravens! An official costume has been available, but for how long this will continue is uncertain.
Queen, Red In the original ‘Through the Looking Glass’ the Red Queen, based on the classic chess piece, helped Alice become a queen herself. To obtain the chess piece look, a series of large crinoline-style hoops on the outside of a red dress may be used. On the other hand, In the 2010 Alice in Wonderland film, the Red Queen is a despotic ruler, played by Helena Bonham-Carter who is a mixture of elements of both the chess Red Queen and the Queen of Heartts found in the first of the Alice books.
Queen, White As above, the Looking Glass White Queen resembles a chess-piece but is a somewhat timid character who eventually turns into a sheep. In the 2010 Wonderland film, she has become an ethereal and distracted ruler seeking to oppose the evil activities of her Red Queen sister.
Queen Victoria Long serving Queen, proclaimed Empress of India in 1876.Despite this status, the black clad Queen in mourning is the best remembered image of Victoria.
Queenie A character from the second series of the British historical comedy series ‘ Blackadder’. Loosely modelled on a youthful Elizabeth I, in her farthingale-style dress, she was played by Miranda Richardson
Queen Singer - Freddy Mercury - the lead singer of the legendary pop group Queen.
Qui Con Jinn - Jedi Knight from Star Wars 1999 Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. Wear a Jedi robe, or other jedi Knight costume such as Obi Wan Kenobi as the outfit styles are pretty much all the same.
Question Mark If you have a Riddler (Batman villain) costume, chances are this can be useful in portraying this most interrogative of punctuation marks. Miss Riddler costumes are also available.
Quincy ME - Quincy was a Medical Examiner in a television series in 1976. He was able to solve murders that other policeman found too complicated. Wear a white Doctor's coat, possibly a bit of blood as he did perform post mortems.
Quiche – A costume based on a (normally) vegetarian baked pastry food with eggs and milk or cream as main ingredients may seem an odd idea but there are pizza costumes on the market and all we are saying is 'Give quiche a chance'.
Quimby. Mayor A recurring character in the Simpsons cartoons, Quimby is the mayor of Springfield and apparently modelled on politicians in general and members of the Kennedy clan in particular. Typically he wears a blue two-piece suit.
Quileute Tribe - Quileutes are a tribe of Native American people, numbering about 750 in total. Made famous with the current Twilight saga (they are the tribe of Native Americans some of whom are werewolves). Wear Native American Indian costumes
Quintessential Heroine The ‘quintessence’ was the mystical fifth element sought by alchemists of old in their attempts to create gold from the other four elements (Earth, Air, Fire & Water). In the film ‘The Fifth Element’(1997) , Leeloo (Mila Jovovich) plays a similar vital resource who helps save the Earth from destruction. The main ‘orange suspenders’ costume is quite striking, but there are no mass produced versions available, although some specialist suppliers can provide custom-made versions or key elements.
Quitter Costume - Wear a cigarette costume (as illustrated above the 'Queens' entries above) and cover it with a large red cross
Queensland Resident - Wear an Australian hat, or safari costume for the tropics
Quebec Resident - Wear a Mountie costume - we know this is strictly not correct but it was the only thing we could really use for a Canadian national (other than a Beaver outfit!). If you have the resources, get a Quebec flag.
Some more letter costume ideas
- Costume Ideas Starting With A
- Costume Ideas Beginning With The Letter B
- Costume Ideas Starting With The Letter C
- Costume Ideas Beginning With The Letter D
- Costume Ideas Starting With the Letter E
- Costume Ideas For The letter F
- Costume Ideas starting with the Letter G
- Costume Ideas Starting With The Letter H
- Costume Ideas Starting with the Letter I
- Costume Ideas Starting With The Letter J
- Costume Ideas Beginning With The Letter K
- Costumes Ideas Beginning With The Letter L
- Costume Ideas- Beginning With The Letter M
- Costume Ideas Starting with the Letter N
- Costume Ideas Beginning P
- Costume Ideas Starting With S
- Costume Ideas Starting With The Letter T
- Costume Ideas Starting With the Letter W
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