So stuck what to do for the BESTIVAL's 2016 FUTURE THEME ?
Then read through our guide & let us help you find the perfect outfit for this years event.
Try mashing up 2 or 3 of the themes together.
Planet of the Apes & Futures ruled by an alternative species e.g. Mutated Insects
A normal clothing or Boiler Suit with a Full Monkey Mask & Hands. A nice touch would be to make a t-shirt with a slogan say something like 'Humans are Slaves to the Monkey Race'. The same costume could be done with different masks (e.g. Pig, Rat, Mutant or Ant etc...) This Theme works well if someone else goes with you as an Enslaved Human !
Androids & Robots (stylistic version)
Either 1: A base of metallic body paint with details of rivets, seams, circuit bord prints or just glitter highlights. 2: A plastic looking foundation and slight lines to make it look like parts of the body are plastic plates. Bright contacts and clothing could be normal clothes or a mix of high fashion silver sequins.
Look up Westworld, Steven Spielberg's A.I. or Ex Macihina for a rough guide.
Terminator & Cyborgs.
Much rougher look, ripped skin to show metal underneath. This can be done with Fx Wax or Liqiud Latex to make the ripped skin and sliver body paint or tin foil patches for the robot parts. Use fake blood and contact lenses to enhance the look.
Pixelated & C.G.I Synthetics
Either Painting small sqaures (or glue paper squares) over the face and clothing to make you look like you've been designed on a computer screen.
Hunger Games Fashion & Ultra Futuristic Trend Setters
People from the Capitol... Very over the top fashion with lots of colours, sharp lines,Visors, oddly shaped jackets and dresses. Lots of glitters, heavy U.V. nail polishes, fake tans, bright hair dyes (also same for the men so dye your beards too.) Basicly ANYTHING GOES !
Fifth Element Fashion
Bit like Hunger games, but more over the top, parts of the costume made from bright rubbers, P.V.C. or see-through plastics. hair sculpted and dyed. Make up strong but matching to costumes.
Barbarella / Psychedelic 60's Space Fashion
Cult French-Italian science fiction film... Lots of shiny materials,slivers, long boots, gloves, mettalic capes, big belts or sashes and boofont hair .
Flash Gordon, Retro / Vintage 1950's Space Rangers
Space boots, gloves, maybe computer chest box or utility belt, large collor. If you can
find one a big space ranger helmet like a big gold fish bowl or square helmet made
from a cardboard box. Brightly coloured bolier suit or a metallic cat suit underneath.
Jumpsuits or White Labcoats with a Nasa logo plus head sets, id tags & Nasa caps.
Clocks, Timers & Calenders.
Go as the movement of TIME it's-self. As a big clock or a giant calender with a future
date on it.
White boiler suit or white trousers and a shirt, white bracers, black bowler hat,black
boots, one eye lash and a big stick.
Mad Max, Fallout, Tank Girl & Dystopian Futures
Dusty looking clothes, leathers, old mountian bike tires cut up and used as sholder pads,
studded gloves, lots of straps, chains, spikey choker, military clothing, piercings,
Gas masks, Goggles, shaved or spiked hair and make up roughly put on in whites,
blacks and blues.
Star Wars & Space Balls
There are lots of options to choose from, easier costumes are Jedi knights: Browm robes with a white tunic and trousers undneath, brown belt, boots and light sabres Or... The 'Han Solo' type space rogue : Big boots, holster with other attached gadgets square shaped waist coat loose shirt and blasters.
Star Trek - Vulcans, klingons & the Borg etc..
Federation crew: A red,yellow or blue sweater and black trousers, plus props... however the Star Trek aliens are more fun. Also look up Andorians, Orion Slaves and Romulans.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Easiest option is Arthur Dent, who is wearing Pyjamas, a Dressing Gown and holding a Towl & a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide as a prop.
Psychics, Soothsayers & Fortune tellers.
Either a Gypsy with Crystal Ball (Soothsayers look a bit like druids) or modern day T.V. Horoscope/Clairvoyant.
The End of the World Believer
Basicly a big wearable sandwich board with a slogan like 'The End is Nigh!' or 'The Apocalypse is Coming!'
Survivors from Nuclear War, End of the World or A Fatal Epidemic.
Old dusty suit, bandages, dust mask/gas mask,radiation meter,messy hair, make up to make you look 'ill' and drawn out (blistered skin, boils, cuts or burns etc...) seetv series The Walking Dead or films The Road or The Book of Eli
Dr. Who / Time travelers
Massive range of costumes and Ailens from the show. If going as the Doctor make sure you have a Sonic screwdriver !
Either as a group all dressed exactly the same, possibly have the word 'C.L.O.N.E.' followed by a number printed on clothing or even written across your head.
Go as someone preserved for all time. Lots of white and blue make up and clear glitter gel to get the look of ice. You could even make a prop temprature gauge and sign saying e.g. 'Cryogenically Frozen de-thaw after next Century' 3
Ghost of Christmas Future / Death / Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Black Robes & Skull mask + gloves (you could also use face paint instead of a mask) and Scythe .
Something that hasn't happened yet... Playstation 6, Windows 3000, The Toyko Olympics 2020 ?
Use a large card box to got as a piece of future tech, or make a large poster advertising the futre thing.
Lots to pick from, but going as a Hologram with a 'H' on your forehead. Will be simple and affective.
Futurama, the Jetsons & other Futuristic Cartoons
Again loads to pick through, Professor Farnsworth could be easliy done with a lab coat, thick glasses or goggles and a bald cap. These are good themes for families & groups.
Rockets, Spaceships & Satelites
Make a wearable Spaceship out of card and plastic pipes. The old 50's rockets would look super cool.
Genetically Engineered Animals, Fruits or Veg
Anything that's been changed in a lab by Scientists. A chicken costume with 4 wings or a tomato costume with a label stating 'G.M. foods'
Your Older Selves or a Celebrity 30 years from now.
Grey hair, half moon glasses, walking stick, pipe, slippers etc...
Or for Celebrities maybe the O.A.P. verson of the spice girls etc ?
Tron & light up costumes
Black or white jumpsuit fitted with E.L wire (ask us about this). Reflective safety tape in angled patterns can also be used to make a great effect.
Like normal punk but with circuit board tattoos, and hi tech implants (this could be done with body paint or actually gluing circuity props to yourself.
Back to the Future
Doc Brown : White overalls with a radiation sign drawn on back, yellow rubber gloves,white hair, goggles, utily belt.
Back to the Future part 2
Check out the film for lots of great looks esspecally Giffs Cyberpunk gang and the future Marty McFly.
A Character from a sequel of a film that hasnt been made yet.
Like Rocky 9 (a very old boxer), a sci-fi remake or a make a big wearable poster for a sequel to a movie with your head through it.
A sort of victoiran look in brown, cream ,copper and brass colours. With thick leather belts, big boots, gloves, waist coats, corsets, brass gears,bracers, bullet belts, big hand made shotguns, wooden backpacks, goggles etc.
Green make up, boppers, long fingerer gloves, pointed ears,glitter gel and glow-in-the-dark make up.
Manga Futures, Final fantasy & Akira etc...
Lots of variations, normally bold colours, oversized weapons and big eyes.
Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet & other Gerry Anderson shows
60's sci-fi puppets... blue jump suit with coloured sashes and trims.
Sci fi computer games
To name but a few, check out Mass Effect, Halo, Half Life and Bioshock
V - the tv series & Men In Black Ailens (Ailens discussed as humans)
Normally plain clothing or a jumpsuit and a piece of flesh ripped off the face to show some sort of Ailen underneath (we know of various ways to do this effect). You could also have a tail or extra arm coming out of the costume.
Starship troopers or Ailen Space marines
Combat gear with hi tech optical displays, space corp logo on armour and weapons.
These are just sample of ideas for the Bestival .
We have loads of accessories in store to make up other types of Futuristic costumes.
Please visit us to see the full range of products.
This is just a small selection of ideas for the
Bestival's FUTURE theme.
Pop into the shop to ask us about other themes
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We are the closest Fancy Dress Shop to the Bestival camp site at Robin Hill.
(only 5 minutes away in the centre of Newport)