Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 182 - 13 of My Favorite Pop Culture Costumes

In time for Halloween, here are some costumes to which I've always been rather partial.

1 - Rob Roy

Includes a sword

2 - The Phantom of the Opera

Fought with a sword

3 - Scarlett O'Hara's curtain dress

Love her cheeky practicality

4 - Gladiator

Used many swords in the arena

5 - The Pirate King

Pirates of Penzance

Has a rapier sword and a rapier wit - and very sexy thigh-high boots

6 - Willie Wonka

Swings a mean walking stick

7 - The Artful Dodger

Could get a sword if he wanted one

8 - Mr. Tumnus

I always found it charming that he carried too many things.

9 - Darth Maul

Has a lightsabre

10 - Xena, Warrior Princess

Has a sword and a chakram (the round frisbee-type weapon she throws)

11 - Laura Ingalls' red calico dress

Got into fistfights in the schoolyard. Always loved her fierce nature.

12 - von Trapp children's curtain playclothes

More cheeky practicality

13 - Elvis Presley's gold lame suit

When I was little, we had this album cover and I used to stare at it, with its multiple images of Elvis and the proclamation: "50,000,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong."

It's so iconic that anyone who wears anything gold lame is referencing this suit. To me, it's the ultimate in establishing that personal brand.


Janet said...

You have an affinity for swords, Julia! And curtain dresses!

I will always remember Carol Burnett's parody of Gone with the Wind - her curtain dress included the curtain rod. Now those were some mean shoulder pads :)

Julia Smith said...

LOL - me, too, Janet! That was an epic comedy moment.

Akelamalu said...

A man in a kilt turns me weak at the knees. ;)

Beth F said...


A rootdigger said...

Loved your post, I chuckled all the way through after I saw the scarlet curtai dress complete with tassels as a belt. would she have. What a dead give away to Handsome Brett. [That man character stayed with me nearly all my beau selections, you should have had him there, though his costume was ordinary]

I agree with Janet about Carol Burnet and that curtain rod, and her expression as she stood there!

Great collection

I hadn't appreciated a man in kilts until I saw that first one. Even with long hair and a skirt, he's very masculine.

Xakara said...

Any costume that let's you swing--I mean wear--a sword is a great one!

Happy TT,

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Tatiana Caldwell said...

Great costumes. I've fantasized about owning and wearing one like Xena's. Oh and *whispers* I have a thing for swords,too ... :)

Jennifer Leeland said...

LOL!!! My youngest son would love all the costumes that have a sword.
He compromised this year and will be a soldier complete with machine gun and a grenade.
Awesome list!!!

{S.T.U.F.F.} said...

...and Laura Ingall grew up to be Clamity Jane!

Luv your 'sword' story

Nice Post

Happy TT

Sandee said...

Three and six are my favorite. I've got both of those movies. I need to watch them again.

Have a terrific TT and Happy Halloween. :)

Michelle Helliwell said...

Great post! I have to say for the cheese factor I loved Xanadu - loved ONJ's costume in that one.

Jamie said...

Also really really like the Elvis 68 comeback black leather. He didn't have a sword though.

Divaa Divine said...

i loveeeeeeeeeee the gladiator :D

esp shoes

Travis Cody said...

I went as The Phantom of the Opera for several years running. It's a great costume.