At the end of a production, many of these unique costumes and accessories find their way to one of the most exciting wardrobes in the city - our Costume Hire department, based in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
The department has an amazing variety of costumes and accessories from a wide range of historical periods, and can cater for individuals, amateur dramatic groups, businesses, schools, colleges and charities. Our costumes can be hired for events, parties, weddings, product launches, plays, musicals, pantomimes, TV, film and photo shoots, and much more.
'Thank you again for your wonderful help in sending us to the Ball so wonderfully fitted out. You really do run a wonderful service and we enjoyed every moment of the experience. The organisation too is of the highest quality. Altogether a great 'performance'.'
Costume Hire Manager, Ludmila Krzak has degrees in archaeology and fashion design, and has many years’ experience in creating historically accurate costumes for re-enactment societies and amateur dramatic groups. Our enthusiastic, experienced volunteer team are always on hand, offering their expertise and providing a personal fitting and styling service, as well as advising on period styling to help customers in their choices. Whatever the occasion, we can find – or create - the perfect outfit, all at highly competitive prices, and with special rates for schools, colleges, charities and amateur dramatic societies.
'Excellent service, friendly staff, with lots of costumes to choose from. Will most certainly come again.'
We encourage people to visit us, not only to see our wonderful range of costumes, but also to receive advice and guidance on outfits and fitting. If you’re not sure what you want, our experienced team of volunteers can offer ideas and advice for suitable costumes for every occasion.
'Thank you so much for the hire of the brilliant costumes. We had a lovely party and everyone was most impressed with our outfits.'
D.& G. Haynes
Larger organisations can take advantage of our ‘Ready to Go’ scheme, where we prepare costumes in advance based on measurements supplied by the wardrobe supervisor. Measurements forms are available on our website pages (see below). There is an extra charge of £5.00 per outfit for this service.
Please note that we require minimum of one week’s notice for these orders.
We are open Monday - Friday 10-4 and alternate Saturdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Don't forget that we operate an appointment-only system at all times, so please phone in or email to make an appointment.
Please note that due to essential maintenance there will be no lift access to Costume Hire from 2 May - 23 May. For more information please contact us on 0161 819 6660.