When I was wee I joined the Barbie fan club. I’d just got a new Barbie campervan for Christmas (the yellow one, with the pool on the top) and on the box came just enough of the little cut-out tokens that I needed for a year’s membership.
The special fan club pack was pink and white, and in it came a very floppy plastic 7” record – a proper single that I could play on my mum’s old white turntable. The song was called Dressin’ Up and it was ‘sung’ by Barbie and The Sensations (she really did have everything, including her own rock band).
I used to play the song on repeat, diving into my dress-up box, pulling out strands of plastic white pearls, gypsy style headscarves and my mum’s glamorous old seventies frocks.
Bananaramma soon replaced Barbie, and with it lace gloves and much contrived dance routines performed with my best chums to an audience of my mum and Lucky the cat in the living room.
I grew out of both Barbie and Bananramma eventually. But I never really grew out of dressing up. I spent my Halloweens dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz and Cat Burglars. I went to Bond Baddie parties and even donned the whole gold Princess Lia garb’ complete with Belgian style buns. Heck I even spent the latter part of my university years head to toe in shiny silver or wearing a bright yellow cowboy hat in my Steps tribute band guise.
I still love dressing up – Halloween ideas crop up in conversation with my best friends as early as spring most year, and while their ambition and energy is awe-inspiring (check out their Sesame Street, Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes, all home-made) - working at Scottish Ballet means I dream of the day I can run from the building in a shiny, sparkle-encrusted tutu or rock my very own crazy Black Swan-esque eyes. Sadly, my bottom and I have issues fitting into the gorgeous teeny tiny tutus at work (and the dancers might be slightly narked at me thieving any one of their hand-made couture costumes) – but this year I’m still considering my very own take on Natalie Portman-crazy with this Gothic Swan costume (have a wee peep at the top five female costume predictions infographic – is it just me or are the Fever Neon skeleton tights kinda on your wish list for everyday wear?).
What are you dressing up as this Halloween?
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