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2006-11-01 09:00British Council

Dress to impress

Halloween is traditionally the scariest night of the year but really it is just another excuse for a dressing up party. Pubs, clubs, householders join in the fun by decorating their premises with streamers, painting ghosts on their window panes and placing pumpkins on the tables. The streets then become awash with vampires, Frankenstein's monster, witches and skeletons.

Street party Dominic recalls one particular memorable party in Northern Ireland: 'I'd always been a bit of a party pooper for Halloween as dressing up never really interested me. However, my housemate insisted that for Halloween in Derry we had to. Donning a schoolgirl's outfit was a frightening introduction to the world of fancy dress. My hairy legs were ill-suited for my mini-skirt. Nor can I say that I pulled off the accompanying bra and make-up. Derry became a blur of the most wacky and wild costumes, and despite a bitterly cold October wind blowing around my legs, I had an absolute blast.'

Student party Anna recalls: 'When I was a student I remember walking around the streets of Hull dressed as a ghost in a nightdress with a belt around my neck. My friends were dressed as the Mask and a witch. We were art students and held quite a creative party. The walls were decorated with spider's webs; we drank jelly worms in our cocktails and ate eyeballs and green food. We also made a tape of spooky music from horror movies mixed with some classical.'

But it doesn't need to be Halloween to dress up. Almost every week there is reason to put together a new outfit. Even here in the office we had a 'wear your slippers to work day' to raise money for charity.

The Time Warp

It certainly looks like Halloween but it's not¡­ For the past 30 years the UK public has been donning basques, suspenders and stilettos and singing along with Brad and Janet in the Rocky Horror Show. Never is costume taken more seriously. Dressing outrageously is as much a part of the entertainment as dancing the Time Warp.

Traffic lights

The latest craze on the dressing up scene is the traffic light party. The clothes you choose represent your availability on the dating scene. If you dress in red, you are taken, if you wear amber/yellow, you are open to suggestions and if you dress in green, you are requesting attention. This way, things are clearer and wires are harder to cross!

Nelly
October 2006

传统的万圣节狂欢夜是一年中最令人惊恐的夜晚。但它实际上只是为盛装打扮提供了一个借口。酒吧、俱乐部、家家户户都加入到这一欢庆中来。他们把房子装饰上彩带,在窗户上喷涂鬼怪精灵,将南瓜摆在桌子上。大街小巷都是吸血鬼、弗兰肯斯泰因(Frankenstein)的怪物、巫师和骷髅。

街道聚会

Dominic想起了他在北爱尔兰度过的那个特别难忘的聚会。“万圣节狂欢夜的时候我总是‘派对布博’,因为我觉得着装打扮什么意思都没有。但是,和我住在一起的人坚持要去德里(Derry)度过一年仅一次的万圣节狂欢夜。穿女生的服装肯定会吓到那些身着奇装异服的人。我的两腿毛茸茸的,根本不适合我的迷你裙。还有,我差一点没弄掉胸罩和彩妆。德里充斥着怪诞和狂野的服饰。尽管十月的寒风凛冽,吹得我双腿难受,但我绝对享受到了世界冲击波。”

学生聚会

Anna回忆说:“我记得我还是学生的时候曾经穿上睡衣把腰带围在脖子上打扮成鬼的模样在赫尔(Hull)的大街上乱逛。我的朋友们打扮成蒙面人或者巫师的样子。我们都是艺术系的学生,举办了一个很有创意的聚会。墙壁画上了蜘蛛网,我们喝的鸡尾酒里放了毛毛虫果冻,吃的是眼珠和绿色食品。我们还从恐怖片中录了一盘幽灵音乐,混合着一些古典乐曲。”

然而,不一定非到万圣节狂欢夜才穿着起来。你几乎每周都有理由穿上全新的服装。即便是在公司,我们都有一个“穿拖鞋上班日”的活动为慈善团体筹款。

时光隧道(Time Warp)

看上去很像万圣节狂欢夜,但实际上并不是。过去30年间,英国公众一直穿着巴斯克衫、吊带和剑跟,载歌载舞地同Brad和Janet一起参加Rocky Horror Show(洛基恐怖秀)。奇装异服从未受到过如此礼遇。疯狂着装就像随着“Time Warp”起舞一样成了娱乐的一部分。

红绿灯聚会(Traffic Light)

最近,对着装的狂热演变为“红绿灯聚会”。你选择的服装表明你在约会场合是否还单身。如果你穿红色,说明你已经有伴了。如果你穿琥珀色/黄色,说明你暗示可以接受别人。如果你穿绿色,说明你希望引起别人的注意。这样就清清楚楚明明了了,不会有人越轨一步!

Nelly(妮莉)
2006 年10月

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