The Costume Almanac

An Information Highway for Costumiers and the Home Crafter 


         to Hire


One  of   the   largest  amateur  

theatre companys  in Europe.  Hires  costumes  

furniture  and   props.

London, W5 5BQ  

0044 (0) 20 8567 0011 [email protected]

Bristol Costume Services

Ex-BBC , Old Vic and Opera period  and   contemporary   costumes   and accessories  for  hire.   Also   fully   equipped workroom to  hand  for  making and dyeing services.  

Bristol, BS16 3RY

0044 (0) 117 965 9555  

[email protected]    

Academy Costumes

20th   Century   costumes   for   hire   from  1900s - 1980s.   Also  offers  a making service.  London, SE1 0RB

0044 (0) 20 7620 0771

[email protected]

Sands Films

Authentic   stock   of   period  costumes  for hire  1600s - 1880s.  Also houses a making workroom.

London, SE16 4HZ

0044 (0)20 7231 2209

[email protected]

Costume Studio

Wide range of costumes for hire

as well  as  a  making  workroom.

London, N1 4BG

0044 (0)20 7275 9614

[email protected]

Costume North

General clothing, medical, uniforms and light entertainment.

Manchester, M8 8RJ

0044 (0)161 211 9977

[email protected]

Hampstead Theatre

Costumes for hire from

past productions.

London, NW3 3EU

0044 (0)20 7449 4196

[email protected]

Carlo Manzi

Specialising in menswear, costumes from 1930s to present day. Eyewear, watches and jewellery.

Also has a making workroom.

London, NW10 6PE

Phone: 0044 (0)20 8961 6808

[email protected]


Est 1840. Extensive collection of costumes for hire from some of the biggest feature films.  Also houses a making workshop.

London, NW9 6AA

0044 (0)20 8732 8878

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Costumes  for  hire for  

extras, fancy dress,

amateur dramatics.

Leeds, UK, LS2 7UP

0044 (0)113 213 7242

[email protected]

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Period, pantomime and modern costumes  for  hire.  Reasonable rates

but limited opening

hours due to being

run by volunteers.

Lancaster, UK, LA1 1NL

Contact:  Hilary Begley

 0044 (0)1524 771200

Orange Tree Stoke

Period costumes for hire from past productions at The Little Theatre.  Medieval to 1980s.

0044 (0)116 254 0472

[email protected]

Marigold Costumes

Largest stock of costumes and accessories in Wales.

Cardiff, Wales,CF10 5ND

0044 (0) 29 2064 4664

[email protected]

Qdos Costume Hire

Pantomime costumes for hire from past productions  including animal, ballgowns, showgirls, circus outfits.

Scarborough, UK, YO11 2YH

0044 (0)1723 343702

[email protected]

Cornejo S.A.

Massive collection of costumes for hire from pre-10th Century through to 1960s.  Includes uniforms, western, religious.

Madrid, 28037,  Spain

00 34 91 375 72 90

[email protected]

Chester Costume House

Costumes for hire from Tudor, Regency, Twenties and Forties.  Offers bespoke costume making.

Chester, CH1 6BS

                    0044 (0)1244 880409

0044 (0)7912 102356

[email protected]

B Authentic

Costume to hire from 1920s - 1980s

Huddersfield, HD3 4NB, UK

0044 (0)1484 652900

[email protected]

Script to Screen

Original and reproduction costume hire and costume

making service.

Cardiff, Wales, CF23 9AP,

0044 (0)29 2045 4222

[email protected]

Siam Costumes

Manufacturers of costumes to the

film industry.

Bangkok, Thailand, 10110

UK 0044 (0)203 290 2711

     USA 001 818 850 5391

[email protected]

Historical Costume

in the United Kingdom 

General Costume                          


United Kingdom

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Rest of the World

Attle Costumires Ltd

Period, musical and pantomime costumes for the individual and productions. Recently acquired stock from

Wimbledon Studios.

South West London, UK

0044 (0)7707 143273       [email protected]

The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection

Rare and exotic street fashion from 1947 - present day.

London, WC1N 1HX

0044 (0)20 7713 7370   [email protected]

Movietone Frocks Costumiers

Original clothing for Men,

Women and Children

from 1920s to 1970s.

London, E17

0044 (0)20 7482 3787

0044 (0)7702 958995

[email protected]

Antoinette Costume Hire

Small but varied stock - good for one offs.

Bromley, Kent, BR2 0BB

0044 (0)203 490 8060

[email protected]

Saratoga Trunk

Warehouse of original vintage clothing, jewellery and props to hire.

Glasgow, G3 8BW

0044 (0)141 221 4433

[email protected]

Royal Shakespeare Company 

Wide range of period, military and fantasy costumes over three floors.

Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UY

0044 (0)1789 205920

[email protected]

Birmingham Costume Hire

20,000 costumes in stock including period clothing and uniforms.

Birmingham, B5 6ND      

0044 (0)121 622 3158

[email protected]

in the

United Kingdom

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The Re-enactors Market

Twice yearly market selling fabrics, clothes armour weaponry and accessories.

0044 (0)7803 728497

Coventry, UK, CV8 3FL