Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England, since 1998. I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.
Alphabet and Letter Parties
In costume-party season and the pressure is on to host a fun, unique party. One idea for a fun party theme is encouraging your guests to choose a costume that starts with a specific letter of the alphabet.
Here are some ways to do that:
- Allow guests to dress up in a costume related to their initials (or just their first names if you want to narrow their choices).
- Ask guests to dress up in costumes related to your initials.
- Choose one or two letters to inspire their costumes. These could be randomly or deliberately chosen.
When you first send out invitations, it's possible that your guests will be confused about what you're asking them to do. To avoid confusion, be sure to explain the idea thoroughly since if your guests are confused, they might not dress up. Even worse, they might skip your party altogether.
This article will give you some ideas for costumes that start with the letter "D," some based on famous characters or people. Have a fantastic party!
Doctors, Doctors, Everywhere!
There are many doctor characters to choose from when looking for a costume that starts with "D."
You could either do a standard doctor costume, which can be easily made of a white coat and a few accessories such as a stethoscope, or you could be a doctor character from popular culture.
Here are some ideas for some doctor characters:
- Doctor Doolittle: Hugh Lofting wrote the original book about Doctor Doolittle, a human doctor with the amazing ability to communicate with animals. On film, Doolittle was played by Rex Harrison in 1967 and more recently by Eddie Murphy. For the British version, wear a top hat, a vest, an overcoat, and a bowtie. For the American version, wear a modern doctor's coat, a vest, dark pants, and a stethoscope.
- Doctor Evil: Dr Evil is a key villain from the Austin Powers films who bears a resemblance to Blofeld from the James Bond films. Notably, Dr Evil has a sidekick called Mini-Me, who is a smaller version of the man himself. To dress as Dr Evil, wear a grey Nehru suit, a bald pate wig, and a facial scar.
- Doctor Jekyl and Mr Hyde: These characters, or should I say this character, are from a Robert Louis Stevenson story about a man who develops a split personality following a botched chemical experiment. You can make up the costume by using a half-and-half concept, with a well-dressed, smart Victorian suit for half of the costume, and the clothes of a dishevelled and disreputable ruffian for the other half.
- Doctor Watson: Watson is Sherlock Holmes's partner in the fictional detective series that features the dynamic duo as they use deductive reasoning to solve interesting crimes and puzzles. Wear a top hat and a wool three-piece suit.
- Doctor Who: This character first came onto our screens in 1963 and has since had many incarnations and costume changes. One of his most definitive looks is a tweed jacket, a patterned shirt, a bow tie, and black pants rolled up to display some black boots.
- Dr Death: This is a great character to use for Halloween parties, and can be made up of a white coat covered in blood with a big syringe for an accessory.
- Dr Foster: In the nursery rhyme, Dr Foster went to Gloucester in the pouring rain. Wear a Victorian doctor's costume and carry an umbrella!
Disney is a great theme by itself and has many characters starting with the letter "D." All of Disney's characters are licensed, and there are only small selection of trademarked Disney costumes available to purchase at the moment. However, the selection is growing all the time, so watch this space!
Some Disney Characters Beginning With D:
- Daisy Duck
- Donald Duck
- Dalmatians from the 101 Dalmatians
- Dandini from Cinderella, Prince Charming's best friend
- Dinah the cat from Alice In Wonderland
- Dwarf from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Seeing as Disney itself starts with "D," you could go dressed as Walt Disney himself! Wear some Mickey Mouse ears, a moustache, and a suit.
Animals Names Beginning with "D"
There are many animals, both real and imaginary, that have names beginning with the letter "D." Animals are always a fun choice, and there are many ways that you can make it work. You can go over-the-top and wear a full-body jumpsuit and mascot head, or wear your own plain-coloured clothes with a face bob or mask. Pair a face bob with a grey top and trousers, and you've become an ass! Oops, meant to say donkey (wink).
Here are some animals that have names beginning with the letter "D."
Dames and Drag Queens
Every authentic panto has a dame whether it's Widow Twankey from Aladdin or Dame Trott from Jack and the Beanstalk. The dame character in a panto is traditionally a female character played by a man wearing bright, over-the-top, flouncy dresses with pantaloons and a bright beehive wig accompanied with beautifully tacky makeup, including bright red lips and full fake eyelashes.
A great character in this category is Dame Edna Everage, the grand old Australian lady played by Barry Humphreys. With her signature catchphase of "Hello Possoms," Dame Edna is famous for her star-shaped glasses and purple wig.
Other famous (and slightly more conventional) dames include:
- Dame Judy Dench: This well-known British actress is perhaps most popularly remembered for playing the character M in some of the James Bond films.
- Dame Vera Lynn: Nicknamed "The Forces' Sweetheart," Dame Vera Lynn was an actress, singer, and songwriter who was immensely popular in England during the Second World War.
- Dame Kelly Holmes: Dame Kelly Holmes is a retired British sprinter who won gold medals for both the 800m and 1500m competitions in the 2004 Olympics.
- Dame Nellie Melba: Dame Nellie Melba is a famous British opera singer after whom the dessert Peach Melba was named.
Drag Queen: You can take this costume as far as you dare, from just wearing a dress to wearing fake boobs, high heels, and full makeup. It's also a great theme for those going on a stag night to really set up the stag.
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Dick Whittington: Dick Whittington is the main character in a pantomime about a young man who goes to London to find his fame. Traditionally, this role is played by a principal boy, who is actually a woman. Wear a doublet, a tunic, and tights for his poor peasant costume. When he finds fame, his costume can be a rich Georgian outfit. Remember, these costumes are only a suggestion since pantomimes have a habit of jumping decades.
Dick Van Dyke: Among others, Dick Van Dyke is famous for his role as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and as Bert the Sweep in Mary Poppins. Wear a 1920s-style candy-striped blazer and flat-top straw hat or a chimney sweep costume for the latter character.
Dick Dastardly: Dick Dastardly is an animated character created by William Hanna and Joseph Berbera. Along with his doggy friend Muttley, Dick uses every trick in the book to try to win the Wacky Races but always fails! He later goes on to chase passenger pigeons in a biplane. Wear a long, cartoonish mustache, a purple trenchcoat, black boots, a purple-and-red striped hat, and flying goggles.
Dick Tracy: Famous for his wrist radio, Dick was a detective character in a comic strip brought to TV screens in the 1940s. To get his look, wear a yellow jacket, a black vest, a red-and-white striped tie, and a yellow fedora.
Dick Turpin: Dick Turpin is known as a highwayman who was initially a footpad, a rustler, and a smuggler. His costume consists of a frockcoat, breeches, a cape, a tricorn, and an eye mask.
Dracula: Dracula was originally the main character of the book by the same name written by Bram Stoker in the late 19th century. Since then, Dracula has become a pop culture fixture. To get the look, you can wear the standard high-collared dark cape, with a white face and fangs. Alternatively, you could wear a Victorian interpretation as seen in the original Dracula movie.
Detective: This is a popular costume for both men and women. Typically, the outfit includes a trench coat and a fedora with other police-themed accessories such as a badge.
Dancer: There are a wide variety of interpretations for this costume, depending on the style of dance you are depicting. For example, you could use a simple leotard and leg warmers, a belly dancer costume, or a ballerina outfit. Other choices include flamenco, salsa, and can-can costumes.
Dragon: Dragons are legendary beasts which have representations in many different cultures around the world. Most typically, they are large lizards that breathe fire and can fly. Get the look with a scaly costume, wings, and a representation of flames.
Druid: Though next to nothing is known for certain about the role that Druids played in ancient European society, they are often depicted wearing a white robe with a hood and decorated with branches or other representations of nature.
Duchess: Duchess is a character from Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. She wears a massive hat that has two points as well as lots of draped garments of different colors.
Dumb and Dumber: Dumb and Dumber is a film that portrays the friendship of two men who are incredibly dumb. The most iconic look of the film is when the two dress up in ridiculous frilled and colourful suits in preparation for attendance at a fancy ball. Costumes are available to purchase.
Dungeon Master: A dungeon master could be an executioner or torturer within a medieval or mythological scenario. Wear leather, spikes, and a face mask.
Dutch Man or Woman: This idea could also be used for a nationality- or country-themed party. Women should wear blond braids, white hats, and dresses with aprons. Men should wear overalls and blonde hair. Both sexes should wear wooden shoes.
'Dirty Harry' Callahan: Dirty Harry was an iconic character played by Clint Eastwood in the films of the same name. Wear a '70s haircut, a red vest, a grey jacket, dark pants, and dark shoes. Most importantly, practice saying his catchphrases, "Make my day," and "Do you feel lucky?"
Disco Diva: Famous disco divas include Donna Summer and Diana Ross. Get their look with a short, glittery dress and big hair.
Dictator, The: The Dictator is a comedic creation from Sacha Baron Cohen in the 2012 film of the same name, based on Middle Eastern despots such as Gaddaffi. Wear a white military commander's uniform with a sash and many military ribbons and medals as well as mirrored sunglasses.
Disc Jockey: Disc jockeys are also known as DJs. Some famous DJs include Tony Blackburn and more recently, Chris Evans and Chris Moyles. Wear stereotypical cool clothing and be sure to include large over-the-ear headphones.
Dixon of Dock Green: Dixon of Dock Green is a British policeman character best known from the television show of the same name that ran from the '50s through the '70s. Wear an old-fashioned British police officer's uniform complete with a night stick and a domed hat.
Doll: There are too many takes on this outfit to name! You could go as a Barbie doll, a Raggedy-Ann doll, a Cabbage Patch doll, or any number of others. Or, you could simply put on some stylized makeup and a wig and create your own doll look.
Dolly Bird: Dolly Bird was a term used in the 1960s for a fashionable girl or lady. Wear a mini-dress or mini-skirt, tights, and knee-high boots. Complete the look with bouffant hair and makeup that accentuates the eyes.
Dominatrix: A classic dominatrix look is that of a red or black PVC or leather cat suit with strong makeup and hair tied back in a tight bun or ponytail. Catwoman and Miss Whiplash are characters which would work well with this look. Don't forget a whip.
Del Boy: Del Boy is the main character from the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which documents the efforts of Del Boy along with Rodney, Uncle Albert, and Granddad as they try to conquer the streets of Peckham! Wear a fur jacket and a checked newsboy hat, along with a gold chain.
Don Juan: Don Juan is a fictional character that was first mentioned in the 16th century in Spain, though he's appeared in many works and interpretations since then. He is known as a libertine and lives only to seduce women. Get his look with a romantic take on Spanish clothing, including ruffles, black boots, and a red vest.
Daffyd: Daffyd is a character from the British sitcom Little Britain who was a dedicated homosexualist, and the only gay in the village. As such, he looked for ways to flaunt his homosexuality to the complete indifference of the villagers. Wear something ridiculous. The red spandex costume pictured is one of his most famous looks.
Dale Arden: Dale was an original character from the Flash Gordon television series and the Flash's one true love. Flash often rescued her from many attempts by Ming the Merciless to marry her. One of her iconic looks is an ornate headdress with a sparkly gown.
Donn: In Irish mythology, Donn is the Lord of the Dead. Get his look with a Celtic take on a Death or Grim Reaper costume.
Dallas Cowboy: Once called "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys remain one of the most popular American football teams. Wear the Cowboy jersey, protective equipment, and a helmet.
Damsel in Distress: Typically damsels in distress are portrayed in medieval dress with a tall pointed crown. Models could be Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty.
Dangermouse: Dangermouse is a cartoon character from the 1990s. He is a secret agent mouse with an eyepatch who wears a white jumpsuit and has a sidekick hamster named Penfold.
Danish Prince: We all know that there is nothing like a Danish Prince. Possibly the best-known one is fictional—Hamlet from Shakespeare's play of the same name. Wear late Renaissance clothing in a Danish style.
Danu: Danu is the Celtic goddess associated with the earth. Wear earth tones and representations of nature.
Famous Singers With Names That Start With "D"
Doris Day: Doris Day, born Doris Kappelhoff, was a famous singer and actress of the '50s and '60s, starring in Calamity Jane in 1953. Get her look with short curly blonde hair and '50s Hollywood fashion.
Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is a famous country singer-songwriter known for hits such as "Jolene" and "Here You Come Again." She is also famous for her glamourous style and classic bombshell body and blonde hair.
Dusty Springfield: A legend from the 1960s, Dusty was famous for her blonde beehive and heavy panda eye makeup. She wore short A-line mini-dresses.
Dido: Dido is a well-known singer-songwriter who hit the scene in the late 1990s. Get her look with cool, modern clothing and a messy blonde hairdo.
David Bowie: David Bowie is a singer-songwriter who was a major star of the 1970s glam rock era with "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane" being some of his best-known songs. Go all out and rock that glam rock costume to get the David Bowie look. The bigger, louder, and more sparkly your hair, makeup, and clothes, the better.
Diana Ross: Ross was originally the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s who then went on to a successful solo career as a major soul and disco diva. Wear big hair and gorgeous dresses.
Star Wars and Star Trek Costume Ideas That Start With "D"
Darth Maul: Darth Maul is an intergalactic representative from the darkside in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. He was sent to hunt Queen Amidala and her Jedi companions. Darth Maul wears black trousers, a black top with a cape, heavy black boots, and a distinctive facial look due to red and black facial tattoos and a horned head.
Darth Vader: Darth Vader is an iconic character seen in the original Star Wars films. Darth Vader is a villainous Sith Lord, who wears a control panel chest piece and a full black helmet. He also speaks with an artificial voice.
Data: Data is an android crew member seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation who sacrifices himself to save others and wears a typical Star Trek uniform.
Dennis the Menace: Dennis is a rascally character from the Beano comic, forever getting into trouble and mischief with his dog and partner in crime, Gnasher. He was first seen in 1951 wearing a red-and-black striped jumper, black shorts, and black spiky hair.
David Livingstone: David Livingstone is a Brit famous for his explorations in Africa. Wear an explorer or Victorian costume.
Davy Crockett: Davy was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He's remembered well in popular history through several movies and television series. Wear an all-leather outfit with a fringe and his signature coonskin hat.
Deep-Sea Fisherman: Wear a sou'wester and oilskins. A beard may also be used to complement the outfit as well as a real or inflatable fish.
Delilah: Delilah is a biblical temptress who betrayed Samson and cut off his hair, the secret of his great strength. Wear a revealing biblical-themed costume, sandals, and pungent perfume.
Demon: Demons are evil spirits, usually seen in books and films with red eyes, faces, or bodies. Depending on the version, they might also have horns or a pitchfork.
Devil: This is a popular costume at Halloween which is easy to create with a red top, trousers, and a skirt. Complete the look with red face paint, horns, and a pitchfork.
Dentist: Wear a white or green medical outfit with a head mirror. Some well-known dentist characters play roles in works such as Little Shop of Horrors and Marathon Man.
Diamond Dogs: Diamond Dogs are the principal dancers from Moulin Rouge who wore a range of outrageous outfits. You can make up your own costume using a plain leotard and ostrich feathers.
Diana: In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt. You can portray her through a white toga, Roman sandals, and a bow and arrow.
Now It's Over to You!
That's all I've got for costumes that begin with "D." I hope it's helped you think of a costume to wear to your party. If you have any other ideas, drop them into the comment box below.
Thanks for reading!
If you have any other ideas, please put them in the comments box so you can help other people too.
© 2008 Party Girl
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hi on April 16, 2017:
Party Girl (author) on July 11, 2012:
Thanks a lot! Also check out these costume ideas on our main website http://www.props-n-frocks.co.uk/fancy-dress-ideas/... you should find some more great costume ideas
GermanShepardLover on July 10, 2012:
This site is awesome,I am going to recommend it to all my friends
Cool stuf on January 23, 2012:
I would go as a dog or Doris day!
Tiarne Parker on January 09, 2012:
i went to a party as Dopey (7 Dwarfs)
ghxsf on December 03, 2011:
Samantha - 14 years old on October 05, 2010:
This is so great:) my mum and i are going to a netball trip where you have to dress up as the grade you played for! THANKYOU !
dollbird on June 12, 2010:
this is a great help, im having a letter d themed party for my 30th next month, n im so indecisive, thinkin of goin as a diamond dog, as the film is one of my favourites, just gotta convince my other half to go as david bowie now, as it was the name of his album also, thanks, x
Haley on December 29, 2009:
You could also do Dora The Explorer.
Paris on September 29, 2009:
This is a very good page for dressup partys! Thank you soo much!!! xx
Susan on May 07, 2009:
great stuff. this is really gonna help me with my brothers alphabet market at the end of the summer!
Party Girl (author) on November 26, 2008:
I hope you do not meet him on a dark night! Thanks for taking the time to comment on this hub, I really appreciate it.
June Campbell from North Vancouver on November 26, 2008:
Wonderful costume ideas! About that Dracula costume -- I was attending a workshop last week and a guy was there dressed almost like that costume. Except he wasn't in costume. Apparently it was his stye choice. However, the first thing I thought about was "Count Dracula, I assume?"
Lightstruck from Denver on August 27, 2008:
Very fun lens! I love the creativity and ideas. Thanks for sharing!
Victor Goodman from Pacific Northwest on August 23, 2008:
Hi Party Girl,
You've done it again, this is another great hub and it's going in my stumble bookmarks as soon as I post this comment.
I wish I could do "two"thumbs up here.
Julia on August 20, 2008:
Great page - sadly I have no fancy dress parties to go to :-(
But I do love the Daphne outfit - not likely to go anywhere dressed as a donkey though!
Deborah Marsden on August 10, 2008:
Hi Party Girl,
Another great page. I'd probably go as Dorthy in the Wizard of OZ.
Love the photos.
Gave you a thumbs up and a A1 Webmark for you.
Partners in Success,
Carol Bentley on August 07, 2008:
A well written, creative hub A. Greart images, love the mini-video. Just wish I had the figure for some of the costumes you've shown - they'd be great fun to dress up in.
I thought of a Dalek - but that may be an English programme that may not be as well known in other countries, and I guess the costume could be a little difficult to create. It would be a great way of going incognito though ;)
Juanita Waterman on August 06, 2008:
This hub is very Fun and creative. Juanita
Amy_Roberts on August 06, 2008:
This is yet another fantastic hub!! I love the Daphne costume! :)
Addison on August 05, 2008:
Excellent stuff as always - getting close to costume time as well!
Party Girl (author) on August 05, 2008:
Linda, what are you doing to me? A hub showing a new theme for every day of the year! Oh my goodness, I thought gettiing the alphabet completed was a mammoth task!
Thanks Linda, Jungle Talk, Elsa is Elsa, and Roger One (sorry, the model does not come with the outfit!) for your time in looking at this hub.
Linda Ruth on August 05, 2008:
With all these great ideas, you could have a costume theme for each day of the year--maybe another hub idea?
Jungle Talk on August 05, 2008:
"D" is really wide open! You have a lot of great suggestions for it too, you hubs are great!
Elsa is Elsa on August 05, 2008:
Adele, your ideas are as imaginative as ever! I would never have come up with half your ideas for costumes starting with D. Lots of fun. Elsa
roger one on August 05, 2008:
Another great hub - love these images! I'm gonna dress up as Dr Evil and have catwoman at my party ...
Thanks for another stimulating hub Party Girl.
Party Girl (author) on August 05, 2008:
Thanks Robert for your support.
Robert Huizenga from Muskegon, Michigan on August 04, 2008:
I love this hub, Party Girl. Very creative!
Party Girl (author) on August 04, 2008:
Thanks again SisterKate for your support! Princess Diana was a great idea!
sisterkate from Chicago, IL on August 04, 2008:
I would go as Diana, Princess of Wales. (Going as Princess Di to a costume party would be the closest I would ever get to royalty.)
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