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Costume hire
About us
The Royal Exchange's Costume Hire department is conveniently situated and easily accessible to customers from all over the north, including Merseyside. Offering an amazing variety of costumes and accessories from a wide range of historical periods, the department is light and airy, and the layout makes it easy for our customers to find just what they want.

We can provide costumes for private individuals, amateur, business, education and charity groups, for plays, musicals, pantomimes, video and photo-shoots, TV & film productions, product launches, themed banquets, Murder Mystery events, anniversary celebrations, fancy dress parties or weddings, and much more.

Costume Hire Manager Ludmila Krzak has degrees in archaeology and fashion design. She has many years experience of 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 usually find the perfect outfit, all at highly competitive rates, with special rates for education and amateur dramatic societies.

Why not take a minute to look at our video (below) to see the department in action?

Photograph reprinted by kind permission of Amber Valentine, copyright Amber Valentine


Costume hire

We are open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm and every other Saturday of the month 10am - 2pm. 
Saturday Openings:
Saturday 18/10/14 
Saturday 01/11/14 
We would respectfully ask that customers arrive promptly - neither too early nor too late - for their appointments. We have quite a limited space for trying on costumes and we aim to give all our customers our best attention and service. For the same reason, we would be grateful if only those people directly involved in hiring the costumes attended the appointment.
When making your appointment, please keep in mind that each fitting can take up to one hour, if not longer, as most costumes are individuals and sizes vary from item to item. If more than three people need to hire costumes, please book a double appointment (2 hours).
If you are enquiring on behalf of a group, you may be interested to know more about our 'preparation service' where we can prepare outfits for you if you email measurements in advance, along with ideas of what you want. Please contact the department for more details. 
Whilst we are very happy to place costumes on 'hold' for customers, we can do this for no longer than two weeks for private individual customers, or four weeks for larger institutions and organisations.
Bring any pictures as inspiration for our team and let us find you a costume to remember!

To make an appointment, email costume.hire@royalexchange.co.uk or call the Costume Hire Manager Ludmila Krzak on 0161 819 6660. PLEASE NOTE: We are currently experiencing problems receiving emails. Please call 0161 819 6660 to book or to check if we've received your email. Many thanks.