1960s Television

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Morticia Addams

Fred Flintstone Costume - Tunicview

Fred Flintstone Costume - Tunic



Television continued to evolve during the 1960s, with more channels and the general introduction of colour programmes.  In our digital age, it is difficult to realise that some shows (particularly American ones) sometimes never made it across the Atlantic (such as Blue Angels, Green Hornet), whilst others did.

Addams Family Both the Addams’ and The Munsters brought comedy horror to the TV screens during the Sixties, but Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and Uncle Fester have stood the test of time. We stock a range of Addams Family costumes to purchase or to hire.

Avengers Bowler-hatted Steed and his several female assistants (notably Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), who did much to popularize the ‘action jumpsuit’) save Britain from quirky villains.

Batman & Robin In their early TV incarnation, the Dynamic Duo took on a rather comic-book look (‘Zap’ and ‘Pow’ captions during the fight sequences), but many famous people flocked to play villains, notably. Catwoman – Such a popular villainess, she was portrayed by four difference actresses, including Eartha Kitt. For the TV series, the Catwoman outfit was a simple black cat-suit (naturally) with a black eye-mask. We stock Batman & Robin costumes to hire as well as purchase.

Coronation Street – Long running and possibly most famous British soap opera, ‘official’ costumes for several of the best-loved characters are available. We stock Coronation Street Masks

Flintstones ‘The modern stone-age family’ – Fred, Wilma and Pebbles (with neighbours Barney, Betty and Bam-bam Rubble) were (and still are) popular with both adults and children. We stock Flintstones Costumes

Hawaii Five-O More generally associated with the 1970s, Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett is the cop in this US drama series, which ran from 1968-1980. Time to leave off the suit and break out the Hawaiian Shirt?

Jeannie (I Dream of Jeannie) – An astronaut finds a bottle on a beach and behold, it houses a female genie who makes her master’s life chaotic. Good excuse for an exotic Arabian belly-dance outfit (although an official costume (and bottle!) have been available in the past).

Jetsons, The Hanna-Barbera sitcom about a space age family. Some costumes are available.

Lost in Space Silver spacesuits are just one of the looks from this cult US show about the Robinson Family who were ‘Lost in Space’.

Lucy Show & I Love Lucy Groundbreaking shows from an innovative redhead comedienne, Lucille Ball.

Prisoner, The The Italian-style village of Portmeirion in Wales, was the setting for this cult TV series starring Patrick McGoohan.  Blue Prisoner blazer with white trim and suitable badges such as ‘I am not a number, I am a free man’ or ‘The Prisoner’ and a ‘Penny Farthing’, defines the look.

Scooby Doo Just making it into the 1960s (first series aired in 1969) official Scooby Doo costumes for the Great Dane Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and the rest of the Mystery team (Velma, Fred and Daphne) are all stocked.

Star Trek Characters Boldly going where no sci-fi had gone before, Star Trek’s innovative approach to space exploration and contact with alien species/civilizations created a cult franchise. Due to licensing restrictions, outfits from the ‘original’ series are hard to find, but with recent films, alternatives can be found. Props & Frocks stocks Star Trek Costumes to hire, or purchase.

Thunderbirds Popular puppet-based series by Gerry Anderson (also responsible for Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray). Official costumes for International Rescue, plus British agent Lady Penelope and her chauffeur Parker are available. We also stock a range of Thunderbird masks for an easy costume option

1960s Music

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1960's Pop Star Costume


1960s Music & Pop Stars

Beatles (Early Years) – The ‘early-years’ Beatles are typified by the collarless Nehru-style grey suits. These were specially designed for the group, to give them a distinctive look. (Most other Mersey-beat groups wore black lounge suits). Our 1960’s Pop Star costume is ideal to use as a Beatles costume

Beatles (Sgt Peppers-style) The Fab Four’s colourful military-style outfits as featured on the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album cover, were as innovative as the music on the record. John Lennon is in yellow and carries a French Horn; Ringo Starr, in pink, carries a trumpet; Paul McCartney, in blue, has a cor anglais and George Harrison, wearing red, has a piccolo. Only Ringo and George have hats.

Dusty Springfield Initially with The Springfields, Dusty cultivated a successful solo career with a distinctive look, involving a blonde beehive hairdo and black ‘panda’ eye-make-up. Black eyelashes are a must!

Elvis After his military service, Elvis spent much of the Sixties making movies which showcased his songs, and allowed him to play some interesting professionals: These included GI Blues (1960) – a soldier; Blue Hawaii (1961) – a tourist (wear our Hawaiian shirt with an Elvis wig); Viva Las Vegas (1964) – a mechanic; Speedway(1968) – a racing driver and  A Change of Habit (1969) – doctor falling for a nun (wear a Doctor’s costume).

Jimi Hendrix American guitarist who found greater fame in the UK and, with his afro and military-style jackets, had a unique image.

Marc Bolan Pioneer of the Glam Rock look well before the 1970s. Trademarks were black corkscrew curl hairstyle and use of glitter, furs and boas as part of his stage-wear.

Sandie Shaw A female singer from Dagenham, whose trademark look was not wearing any shoes. She did, however, marry fashion designer Jeff Banks and hence had her own fashion boutique.

Sonny & Cher Husband and wife (then) pop music duo who had several hits and successfully integrated a hippy-style look (He: Afghan waistcoat & jeans. She: Loose blouse and pre-70s flares) into their image without going overtly flower-power.

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Beatles Fancy Dress Ideas

Aviator - Top Gun Male Costumeview

Aviator - Top Gun Male Costume


Beatles Themed Costume Party

We have positioned this as a sub category of 1960s Music, but can easily stand on its own 2 feet as a costume theme in itself.

Here are just a few Beatle Song Titles that you may be able to use…

  • A Taste Of Honey – Wear a Bumble Bee outfit or Winnie The Pooh style costume
  • Act Naturally – Wear a nude suit – if you dare to bare!
  • Back In the USSR – Russian outfits
  • Chains – cover yourself in chains, look at these great jumbo chains, very lightweight
  • Carol – Wear a Victorian Carole Singer’s costume
  • Devil In Her Heart – Wear a Devil Costume with a heart
  • Doctor Robert – Doctors Costume with Robert as a name
  • Drive My Car – wear a chauffeur’s Costume – just a hat with a suit will do
  • Flying – any costume related to flying including Top Gun & RAF costumes. Look at our pilot costumes
  • Her Majesty – Wear a Queen costume
  • Lady Madonna – Wear a Madonna Costume
  • Mr Moonlight – Possibly a Vampire or Werewolf costume
  • Penny Lane – decorate a top with pennies
  • All You Need Is Love – Prostitute style costume?
  • And Your Bird Can Sing – Dress up as a bird, or maybe a female pop star!
  • Girl or Woman– Great for a male to dress up as a girl!
  • Here comes The Sun – Wear a sun costume
  • Teddy Boy – Teddy Boy costume
  • Ticket To ride –Just make up a ticket that goes to Ride!
  • When I’m Sixty-four – dress up as an ‘old’ person, our Groping  Granny costume is a laugh!
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Purchase an inflatable guitar and stick some false tears to it and give it a sad face.
  • Yesterday – cut out a dairy page with yesterday’s date on it!

Well, here is just some more ideas to give you costume inspiration…

  • Hippy Costume – John & Yoko Ono
  • Sergeant Pepper Costumes
  • Collarless Grey Suits – These were the iconic stage outfits which gave the early Beatles their distinctive image (along with ‘mop top’ hairstyles). Although specially designed for them, the style was similar to the Nehru suit.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Album Images include:

  • Mae West – Actress
  • Hindu Guru – Sri Yukteswar Giri
  • WC Fields – Actor
  • Fred Astaire – Dancer
  • Bob Dylan – Singer
  • Sir Robert Peel – 19th Century British Prime Minister
  • Dylan thomas
  • Marilyn Monroe – Actress
  • Tony Curtis – Actor
  • Stan Laurel / Oliver Hardy – Actors
  • HG Wells
  • Marlon Brando – Actor
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Dr David Livingstone
  • TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
  • Albert Einstein
  • Shirley Temple – Child actress
  • Diana Dors – Actress
  • Marlene Dietrich – Actress
  • Stone figure of Snow White
  • Garden Gnome