Any role from a novel, opera, poem, or play prier to the mid 1860's is eligible, mythology was a popular source. -For ladies who already have a gown in a particular color combination that matches a flower or butterfly, use fake ones as accessories (on head or shoulder, as trim, as a hat) and go as that flower or butterfly. Find or make wings and antennae. Multicolored costumes might be a garden or a flock of butterflies, or the queen of either.
Elegant Moments Queen Of The Nile Costume : Get It On Fancy Dress Superstore, Fancy Dress Accessories For The Whole Family. http://www.getiton-fancydress.co.uk/adultcostumes/aroundtheworld/eygptians/elegantmomentsqueenofthenilecostume#.Uw41uM4ry10