Warmth, Weddings and Wimbledon!!

Want a wedding with a difference?
We're finding that more and more couples are opting for themed weddings, so why not consider one if you're getting married in the near future? Currently 'Game of Thrones' is popular, but we've also costumed weddings with medieval, Victorian, steam punk, and time-travelling themes. Our team are used to putting together unique - and sometimes very whacky! - outfits, whatever the theme. Feel free to ring us if you have an interesting idea – we love a challenge!

Wimbledon comes to Salford
At last, summer has arrived, and as we write we're basking (well, maybe 'basking' isn't exactly the word!) in temperatures of around 30C. And, as this is the third day of Wimbledon, our thoughts are with those sweating it out on court this week. But their discomfort is as nothing...
We recently hired some costumes to the BBC's 'Newsround' programme showing the kinds of outfits which would have been worn by tennis players in the early days of Wimbledon. Spare a thought for the poor gentlemen and ladies who would have sweltered in knickerbockers and jackets or long dresses rather than the lightweight fabrics worn by today's players. In 1887, the game's 'uniform' began to change when 15-year-old schoolgirl, Lottie Dodd, daringly participated in the competition wearing her school uniform dress, which would have been pleated, allowing her to move more easily across the court. It was great to be involved in this brief historical insight into the changes in tennis dress over the years.

And also...
We've been busy with costuming a recent production of 'A Little Local Difficulty' for Playhouse 2 (Shaw), and, 2015 being the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, we've been uniforming gentlemen for the various commemorative events which have been held to mark the occasion.

Coming up...
The Royal Exchange is again proud to be staging a production for the Manchester International Festival. Maxine Peake returns to the festival and to the theatre in a production of Caryl Churchill's 'The Skriker'. It's not often that our clothes make their way back to the theatre once they've come across to Swan Street, but this year we're providing the costumes for the chorus. We wish the production every success.
We've also been costuming some of those lucky enough to have tickets for his weekend's Chatsworth 'Pride and Prejudice' Regency Ball. Let's hope that the weather is kind to them, and the sweltering temperatures don't lead to too much swooning. Unless that lovely Mr Darcy comes along, that is...

Special Service Reminder
Remember, we can prepare larger orders for groups if you send us accurate measurements and details of the production and characters. Simply contact us and download measurements forms from our web pages, complete them, send them to us, and we'll do the rest.
Many amateur and professional dramatic companies, plus schools and colleges, are finding this service an invaluable way of providing costumes with a minimum of time and stress – please contact us if you want to know more.

Saturday Opening: July
Saturday 11 July
Saturday 25 July
Please note that we do not open on any Saturdays in August.

Remember that Saturdays do get booked up very quickly, so be sure to book early. Opening times for Saturdays are from 10 am to 2 pm (last appointment).

Don't forget that you can see our costumes 'in action' on our Facebook pages. We're sure you'll be inspired!
Luda and the CH team.