1980's Celebrity Costume Ideas

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1980's Celebrity Costume Ideas
The 1980s are a great inspiration for costumes. (anime girl in red costume 4 image by Mikhail Malyshev from Fotolia.com)

For a great 1980s celebrity costume, there's plenty of inspiration without spending a lot of money. The 1980s housed characters with ridiculous hair, make-up and outfits that are easy to recognise and reproduce.


Madonna is known for her outrageous outfits and personal style. Her outfits over the years provide lots of inspiration for costumes. Tease your hair into large, wavy or curly creations that stick out and have a character of their own. If you don't have the right kind of hair, put on a wig. Use lots of jewellery such as dangling earrings, bangles and long necklaces with hearts, stars and rhinestones to look like 1980s Madonna. Wear an out-of-this-world black leather or pointy bustier and use a lot of eyeliner, light foundation, mascara and red lipstick.

Michael Jackson

The famous king of pop looked like he was always wearing a costume. Put on a red leather jacket and tight black jeans. For hot weather, an open red shirt will do. Wear mirrored sunglasses and a short-brimmed fedora. And you can't forget the signature white glove. Wear a curly black wig and pale face powder. Learn to moonwalk in black leather shoes and white socks to complete the look.


The 1983 film "Flashdance" has been inspiring costumes for years. Dress like star Jennifer Beals by putting on a black leotard and leg warmers. Put on an extra-large grey sweater and pull it down over one shoulder. Wrap white tape around the balls of your feet. Frizz your hair or wear a black, frizzy wig for the full effect.

Miami Vice

The 1980s television show "Miami Vice" centred around two police detectives with a distinctive style. Put on a light-coloured or shiny suit with a bright colour T-shirt underneath to dress as Crockett. Wear mirrored aviator sunglasses and penny loafers. Grow some stubble and let a cigarette dangle from your mouth. Have a friend go with you dressed as Tubbs--he wears sport jackets and tweeds usually with skinny ties.

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