The 60’s seems too retro, the 70’s that bit too depressing, and the 90’s (need I mention the state of a pre-comeback Take That wardrobe). The 80’s for some reason fits perfectly and is a classic era for fancy dress and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down in popularity. If one was to look around a nightclub, or scan the masses of people queuing outside one, it would be highly expected to see at least one person dressed (bucket hat and all) like a member of Salt-n-Pepa, The Bangles, or at least Duran Duran. This is not because such a scene was taking place in 1984, neither is it because dressing like your pre-adolescent parents has suddenly come into fashion. It is in fact because 80’s costumes are hugely popular with anybody who has caught even a whiff of the words ‘fancy dress’.

It is hard to think why …