When it comes to fancy dress there is no point in doing things by halves, we take the ‘go big or go home’ approach. A dab of face paint or a sexy mouse/nurse/vegetable isn’t going to cut it either. When it comes to dressing up for Halloween or that dramatic party head to one of these shops and get ready to take home the Best Dressed award.
National Theatre Costume Hire
A far cry from the outfits that you’d cobble together as a student, the costumes that you can hire from the National Theatre 1) won’t fall apart when you start dancing because they aren’t held together with double sided tape and 2) have all been used in past productions so the attention to detail and historical accuracy are next level. There’s 60,000 costumes to peruse through covering almost every historical period and they have a fantasy section. You might never make it on to the stage but at least you can look like you’ve just stepped off it.
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If it’s one of kind that you’re after then you need to head to Prangsta Costumiers. The East London costume shop, who has dressed the likes of Prince Harry and Kate Moss, is an Aladdin’s cave of bespoke, extravagant and individual outfits made from vintage materials by their in-house seamstress, so you know that you’re not going to clash with anyone else at the party.
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Angel Fancy Dress
When Daniel Angel, a young tailor, arrived from Frankfurt in 1813 he probably didn’t think that in 2019, his family business would have the largest selection of costumes in the UK; but over 170 years later, and with the business still in the family that is just what he achieved. It’s safe to say Angel Fancy Dress know a thing or two about how to make sure you have the fanciest of fancy dress. Head to the Shaftesbury Avenue store for five floors of fancy dress or if it’s make up, wigs and accessories you’re after then you’ll also find them on Garrick Road.
So High Soho
When they moved to Berwick Street in 2016, So High Soho expanded, so now their quirky fancy dress shop is absolutely brimming with accessories, outfits, wigs and masks, you’ll find everything from Burns Night get ups and alien masks to Morticia Addams’ dresses, glitter hair spray and contact lenses.
Mad World Fancy Dress
If you get your outfit from Mad World Fancy Dress then you can pretty much guarantee that everyone’s going to be jealously admiring your costume. For the last 30 years they have been creating unique costumes for TV productions, theatre and private parties and their creative costume stylists will alter your Tudor/Victorian/retro/outlandish outfit until it fits perfectly. No fake itchy material or ill-fitting clothes here.
The Costume Studio
Whatever the theme of the event, chances are The Costume Studio will have a costume to match and if not then they’re bound to know someone who does it cover. They’re particularly hot on military costumes through the ages, for those are who after someone in uniform.