Costume Drama

We hope that you’re watching – and being inspired by – ‘War and Peace’, Tolstoy’s masterpiece adapted by Andrew Davies for the BBC, and currently being broadcast on Sunday evenings. And if you are, maybe you’ll agree with us that the costumes are breathtaking – those dresses! Those uniforms!!. We’re hoping that it will inspire some of you to use the Russian theme for your events this year.

If that’s not your thing, why not come more up to date with ideas from ‘Mr Selfridge’, again being shown at the moment. The costumes here too are splendid - elegant and eye-catching. There’s no doubt about it, our clients always feel that they’ve been transformed when they try on one of our special outfits; some are very reluctant to change back in to their ordinary clothes when leaving their appointments with us!

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It’s the period for the Venice Carnival as we write, and we have clients who return to us year after year for their outfits to wear at this celebrated event. But this year, our Costume Hire manager, Ludmila, will be attending the carnival, wearing a specially made period dress in the 18th century style. We hope that Luda will be posting photos of herself in Venice on our Facebook pages, so look out for them there.

Dramatic Events

It’s going to be a great year for Shakespeare enthusiasts as many events are planned to commemorate the death of the ‘Bard of Avon’, our national playwright. Many of you will be involved in organising and staging events, so please bear in mind that we expect demand on our Elizabethan and Jacobean costumes to be great this year, especially around April and May, so make sure to book early to ensure that you get what you want. The Royal Exchange has a long history of excellent and innovative productions of Shakespeare’s plays, so make us your first port of call!

Saturday Opening Times:
We will be open from 10 am to 2 pm (last appointment) on:
Saturday 6 February
Saturday 20 February
Saturday 5 March
Saturday 19 March

Remember that Saturdays always get booked up very quickly, so be sure to book early.

If you’ve recently hired from us, don’t forget to email us your photos for our Facebook page!

Best wishes

Luda and the CH team.