When it comes to dressing up for your fancy dress party, there’s no doubt that you will get an amazing reaction by deciding to wear 70s rock costumes. Rock and pop music nowadays is so sterile and safe and sanitised, and dominated by the so called rules of the media world. Back in the seventies our rock stars lived on the edge, and didn’t play by any of the rules. It was a cooler era, more brash and confident, and less encumbered by naff concepts like health and safety.
Rock stars like Rod Stewart, the members of Kiss, Suzi Quattro, The Rolling Stones and Ozzy Osborne, all encapsulated the coolness of rock music, and lived and breathed the essence of it’s meaning- living a life that wasn’t controlled by, as Jack Black put it in The School of Rock, ‘The Man’! Personally, any time I get invited to a party, and there is a fancy dress theme, I take the opportunity to wear 70s rock costumes. I’ve gone as Rod Stewart, and of course smoked 40 cigarettes beforehand to perfect his haggard, scorched vocals, and also as David Bowie. Now that was a challenge in terms of fancy dress let me tell you! The great thing about going as David Bowie is that you can be as extreme as you want to be- make a really eccentric costume with long pointy collars, put your hair up in a weird style and apply copious amounts of make-up. Before you know it you’ve become Ziggy Stardust himself!
Perhaps the most fun I’ve had dressed in seventies rock costumes was the time I went as the bloke from Kiss (sorry, I forget his name- was it Jean?). Whoa, I got such a cool reaction that time. You can see the costume I wore here. Frankly I made Robbie William’s attempt to dress like Kiss look pretty crap, if I do say so myself! Another rock star that embraced the theatrical was of course Elton John. Although his music wasn’t exactly extreme, you cannot deny that the music he put out in his early seventies period was fantastic- I mean, Rocket Man is just genius! And let’s not forget some of the other rock and pop icons of the era that you could also dress up as- Abba, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis- the list goes on and on!
Hopefully I’ve put one or two ideas in your head about the brilliance of dressing up in 70s rock costumes!