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Costume Ideas for the Letter R
Need Costume Inspiration For The Letter R?
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
Or, 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 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.
So, this hub will concentrate on costumes beginning with R. R has proven to be one of the easier choives as there is quite a lot of costumes you choose from. Look for links to my other alphabet hubs if you also need help for another letter. If you have any great ideas for costumes for the letter R, pop them in the comments box at the end and I will add them in. I can answer all your costume related questions on any subject, just write them in the comment box.
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Ra: The Egyptian Sun-God and supreme deity of Egypt. Depicted with a Sun or Ram's head headdress, or wearing an Egyptian crown. A gold bodysuit with gold face-paint and stylised Egyptian eye-make-up can work well here. If you're female a gold ra-ra skirt might provide an additional clue to who you are!
Rabbit: A great costume, usually made out of white, pink or brown fur. The rabbit can be used as The White Rabbit out of Alice In Wonderland or as an Easter bunny. Decide whether you want an overhead mask, 'face-bops' (ears & nose headpiece) or a face-paint design.
Race Goer: Horse-race spectator character seen in films such as 'My Fair Lady' and 'View To A Kill', but open to interpretatian according to context.
Raggedy Ann: A patchwork doll of American ancestry. This look can be created by using a Rag Doll dress, red wool wig and Rag Doll make up.
Racing Driver: Populat costume suitable for both sexes. See image
Rainbow Warrior: The name of the Greenpeace Ship, but could be interpreted as an polychromatic Eco-Warrior.
Roman Gladiator Costume
Rambo: Played by Sylvester Stallone in the films of the same name. A easy costume to creat by using a string vest, headband, camouflage trousers and weapons!
Rancher: Wild West characters usually wearing a stetson and a suit.
Rasputin: (1871 - 1916) The 'mad monk' who exerted a strange influence in the last years of the court of Imperial Russia, until his murder is 1916. Create this look by using a Monk habit, long hair and a beard.
Rat: Potentially the most successful mammal (aside from man) on the Planet, and one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Also seen as King Rat in the pantomine Dick Whittington and could be coupled with the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Raven: In myth, originally a white bird which was blackened by the Gods for its chattering and lies. Also according to legends, if the Ravens were to leave the Tower of London, bad luck would happen.
Ravenna: From the film 'Snow White & The Huntsman', the shape-shifting wicked queen seeking to eliminate Snow White. Official costumes are available.
Red Admiral: A type of Butterfly (Or a Russian Naval commander!)
Red Cross Nurse: A simple costume to create by using a blue uniform, white apron and headdress. Technically the Red Cross is an internationally recognised symbol of neutrality, so use with care!
Red Queen: Aided Alice in 'Through The looking Glass' to help her become a queen herself. shaped like a Red/Black chest piece, hence by using a series of large style hoops on the outside of a red dress.
Alternatively, a despotic character in the Tim Burton version of Alice (2010) for which several costumes are available.
Red Riding Hood: From the well known Grimm Brothers fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. She also featured in a recent film involving werewolves, and in an allegorical role in the film 'Company of Wolves
Reggae Singer: Bob Marley style - easy to create by using a loud brightly couloured top, jeans and a dreadlock wig.
Re-Hab: This costume is based on the late great British soul singer Amy Winehouse and called Re-Hab after her very popular song (or is it where she stays for periods of time!). Despite her recent sad demise, the costume may continue to be popular due to Amy's iconic status.
Referee: Costumes are available for both men and ladies to purchase, although the design may differ according to sport.
Some More 'R' Costumes...Click thumbnail to view full-size
Reindeer: One or Two person costume depending on the style, or you could just add antlers and a red nose to a pantomine horse!!
Rhett Butler: The hero from 'Gone With The Wind' portayed by Clark Gable in the 1939 classic film. Elegant Mississippi gent with a frock coat, fancy ornate waistcoat, shirt, cravat and trousers.
Rhiannon: In Celtic folklore, the princess daughter of the King of the Otherworld. Also known as a witch and linked in some mythologies with Mab, Queen of Faries (and enemy of Merlin), Rhiannon is coldly beautiful, and shades of Blue, Purple and Black feature in the make-up and dress.
Rhinemaidens: Mermaid-like spirits featuring in Wagner's Ring cycle. They are the initial guardians of the Ring, which causes so much trouble.
Rhinestone Cowboy: Role models include Glen Campbell and Robert Redford in 'The Electric Horseman'. White cowboy outfit, elaborately decorated with studs and rhinestone (or fairy lights!).
Rhinestone Cowgirl: Role models which include Dolly Parton and Shania Twain before she went mainstream. Elaborate cowgirl outfit. decorated with fringing and rhinestones.
Rhinoceros: Not the easiest costume to get hold. Most of the ones around are made of foam or fibreglass!
Riddler: Played by Frank Gorshin in the original screen version from the Batman comics. Jim Carrey added a unique twist when he played the Riddler in the 1995 film 'Batman Forever'. Green lycra suit with a bowler hat and question marks imprinted. A cane with a question-mark handle can add to the impression.
Ride on Emu: British comedian Bernie Clifton's heyday may seem a long time ago but his act, involving this popular novelty creature, will not be forgotten for a long time yet!
Riff-Raff: Butler-style character from the 'Rocky Horror Show'. Create this look by getting a well worn black tailcoat, white shirt with no tie and black trousers with a bald patch and long straggly hair. (official costumes and a wig exist) Later in the story he wears a silver tabbard style space suit, with black PVC trim and silver gauntlet gloves, black stockings and suspenders. Mohawk style wig or a quiff.
Ringmaster/Mistress; Magda from the Bond film 'Octopussy' is a role model for a ring-mistress. Top hat, red or silver tailcoat, over decorated leotard with bowtie, fishnets and boots or heels. (Can also work as a lion tamer!)
Robbie Burns: Scotlands best known poet. Frock coat with breeches outfit.
Robert Clive: Military hero of the indian Mutiny. Red and black victorian military uniform.
Robert the Bruce: (1274-1329) Scottish Military hero who became kind of Scotland in 1306, having been supposedly inspired by a spider to prevail in his struggle against the English.
Robin: A little festive bird which is popular at Christmas. The Robin is also found in many Nursery Rhymes although does not do very well, potentially homeless in the 'North Wind Doth Blow' and shot in 'Cock Robin'.
Robin: Sidekick to legendary crimefighter Batman. Robin and Batman first appeared in comic books and now are stars of the big screen. Ladies versions are also available. In a later incarnation, Robin became known as Nightwing
Robin Hood: Major figure of English folk history, legend and Morris Dance mummers plays traditionally performed on boxing day. This is a simple costume to make by using a tunic and trousers in green or brown, a matching hat and bow & arrow.
Robot: Mechanical male/female character featured in many sci-fi stories, films and TV series such as 'Metropolis', Star Trek or Blade Runner. The terms cyborg, android or replicant can also be used and using metallic materials and make-up you can achieve a range of futuristic looks.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark Costume
Rock and Roll: Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard are role models, all with their own style and image.
Rock Chic(k): Biker jacket, leather/PVC mini skirt, cap and a feather cut wig would make this costume. Make-up may be soft-goth to punk.
Rocker: Leather clad motor cycle riding adversaries or the mods in the 1960s Britain,
Rocketeer: Hero of Saturday Matinee cinema, (and a 1991 film) the Rockerteer fights evil with the help of his jet powered backpack.
Rocky: Frankenstein's monster-style character created by Frank N Furter in the Rocky Horror (Picture) Show. Mummy style bandages with spandex trunks with glitter.
Rocky: Rocky is a 1976 American film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as the underdog boxer of the title. There have been many Rocky Films made since the first one.
Rocky Horror: See separate text box
Rod Stewart: Tight leopard print trousers, open neck shirt with a spiked streaked wig and you have a fab Rod Stewert costume!
Roller Skater: Can be a character from one of the following films - Rollerball, Xanadu and the West End Show Starlight Express (which would also require futuristic costume and make-up).
Rolling Stones: 'The Stones' first got together in the 1960s and are still touring now! Mike Jagger masks are available to purchase.
Romans: This can be for both male and female, a white tunic, green or gold laurel and roman sandels. A great costume for those warm summer parties.
Romeo: Character from William Shakepeare's romantic tragedy 'Romeo & Juliet' .
Rosalind: Character from William Shakepeares 'As You Like It'. Daughter of a banished Duke, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, Ganymede, in order to avoid getting attacked in the Forest Arden.
Rose Red: Character from a Grimm Brothers fairy tail. The costume is similar to Snow White, however it is in shades of red.
Roulette Wheel: In theory, quite a hard costume to purchase or hire, however there is an outfit on the market called 'Spin to Win' based on a tutu dress as a roulette wheel which might suit a young lady who feels lucky.
Roy Orbison: Popular music star, Black two piece suit with dark glasses.
Roy Wood and Wizzard: Patterned kaftan, wild hair and beard with face make up.
Royal Air Force Pilot: Leather jacket, helmet, scarf and goggles.
Rubezahl: German weather spirit living on the Riesenbirge mountain. Also known as Herr Johannes hence a German version of Jack Frost.
Rudolph Valentino: (1895 - 1926) Silent Screen heart throb, who set female hearts a flutter. Arabian Sheik or a Matador costume are the best known image.
Rugrats: Cartoon brat-pack of TV and film fame. The costumes are copyright.
Rumpleteaser: From the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Cats, Rumpleteaser is a cat on the up - lithe of body and keen. Tiger-like in look.
Runner: A fun costume that would attracted attention. You could use the image of the 118 118 television advert campaign.
Runner Bean: Made out of light weight green material, simple pod shape with suitable holes for the head, arms and legs. A stalk style hat would top this costume off.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark: Indiana Jones main character. He wears a tatty brown jacket, brown trousers, hat and a bull whip will complete the look. Accessories are available to help you to finish the outfit, including tote bags.
Rocky Horror Costumes
Choose from the selection of Rocky Horror Costumes below...
Riff Raff - A character resembling a butler, with a mad grey wig. Licensed costume is available, or, you could wear a tatty looking tailcoat with a mad professor wig
Frank N Furter (Pictured) Cross dressing costume. Basque and fishnets (if you are brave enough!). Some men will wear a tailcoat with fishnets underneath. Make-up is fairly essential and a wig is available to purchase
Magenta - Sister to Riff-Raff and the other of Dr Furter's servants. Any french maid costume will do. She also has mad frizzy reddish-brown hair (hence the name) and heavy eye make-up. In the later stages she is seen in a futuristic space outfit with a Bride of Frankenstein-style hairstyle.
Columbia- A sort of groupie to Dr Furter. Wears a multicolured tailcoat and sparkly shorts. Wig (short, auburn/red) is available to purchase.
Rocky Handsome (and near naked) creation of Dr Furter.
Transylvanians Party-goers on the night of Rocky's birth. Formal wear and party-hats!
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